by Kevin Egan
CLEVELAND (AP)-In what might be the most controversial news in the world of rock ‘n’ roll since the passing of Elvis Presley, it was announced today that Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President, Al Gore, is to be inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, causing both praise and outrage from rock ‘n’ roll fanatics throughout the world.
Gore, 60, besides being known as the wife of the former vice president, had also made a name for herself back in the Eighties by leading a group composed mostly of Washington wives called, The Parent’s Music Resource Center (or The P.M.R.C., as it was more infamously known). The P.M.R.C.’s main task was to force the music industry to label each record it released, in the same manner films were rated by the MPAA, particularly those that included “explicit lyrics.”
In response to many of the rock videos Gore had watched as part of her research with the P.M.R.C., she had once publicly cried, “The images frightened my children! They frightened me! I am frightened! Way frightened! The graphic sex and the violence were too much for us to handle.”
Eventually, a Senate-hearing on the “dangers” of rock music was held and artists including Frank Zappa, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and legendary folk artist, John Denver, came to the defense of the first amendment rights of the artists in question. It was later decided that each record company would “voluntarily” label albums if they felt they might cause a disturbance in certain communities. Still, once the smoke had cleared, Tipper Gore had become a full-blown enemy of the rock world.
Ironically, years later, after her husband and Bill Clinton had won the 1992 presidential election, The Gore’s made an appearance on MTV, the very channel they had once accused of perpetrating “pornography,” thanking all the young people that had supported them in their campaign. Those that remembered the Tipper Gore of the 1980’s were shocked and somewhat perplexed by the appearance.
Mike Scorzelli, 39, Massapequa, N.Y. remembers: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I remember thinking, ‘Wasn’t that the same broad that tried to outlaw music videos like seven years ago? Now, all of a sudden, everyone’s on MTV’s kissing her ass? That’s so f**ked up.’”
And if that wasn’t enough to inflame the rage of those that remembered Gore’s past as “Public Enemy No. 1,” Al Gore, himself, during his bid for the presidency in 2000, was, surprisingly enough, financially backed by such famous rock stars as Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks and Dweezil Zappa, son of one of Tipper Gore’s most outspoken opponents, Frank Zappa.
Apparently, all had either been forgiven or “forgotten.”
When asked why Tipper Gore was being inducted in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, spokeswoman for the institution, Helen Gurchnecht, replied, ”The Hall of Fame is going ‘green’ this year and there’s nothing more ‘green’ than the Gore’s. Rock ‘n’ Roll is no longer about playing loud, living fast and expressing yourself creatively. These days, it’s more about whether or not you bring your own shopping bag to the grocery store. Or if you decide to walk to church instead of taking the family SUV.”
Along with Tipper Gore, other inductees will include Run DMC, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials and longtime friends of the Gore’s, Metallica, who have publicly defended the Hall of Fame’s choice to induct Gore.
“Tipper kicks ass,” says drummer, Lars Ulrich. “We all belong to the same country club and enjoy each other’s company immensely. In fact, we recently had the Gore’s over for cocktails and it turned out that my butler used to be their butler, like fifteen years ago. We got a great laugh out of that one. It’s such a weird and crazy world.”
Although the rock ‘n’ roll elite seem to have embraced Gore, regardless of her past assaults on their art and culture, there are still some rock ‘n’ roll fans that will never forgive or “forget” the havoc she wreaked back in the Eighties, no matter how “green” she may have become.
“I’ve got two words for Tipper Gore,” says Robby “the Snake” Fontana, 41, Freehold, New Jersey. “Go f**k yourself.”