By 1985, “Darling Nikki” was ranked as number 1 on the PMRC (Parents Resource Music Center) list of songs to be banned from radio, then known as the “Filthy Fifteen.” *
It is said that Tipper Gore was shocked to hear the opening lyrics of “Darling Nikki”, a song from the popular soundtrack album she had purchased for her 11 year old daughter.
Then married to Senator Al Gore, Tipper organized her Washington DC friends and formed the PMRC, appeared at the controversial Senate hearings, faced rock artists who defended the music.
All of this effort led to the now 30 year old parental advisory label.
Mission accomplished ? Or did the label just add to a record’s popularity ?
Not sure about that. But, no matter how you feel about it, we owe it all to Prince.
This is a clip of Prince performing the song from the R-rated movie.
*In case you are curious, the infamous 15 songs targeted by the PMRC.