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Freedom (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

Freedom (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

Revisiting ‘Raise Your Fist and Yell’, we look at “Freedom” this week. A song written in protest of the PMRC (Parent’s Music Resource Center), an organization designed to oversee and promote parental control over music it deemed violent, drug-related, or sexual in nature. The  bipartisan Washington D.C.-based group, co-founded by the “Washington Wives”, sought to…

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Prince of Darkness (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

Prince of Darkness (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

‘Raise Your Fist and Yell’ was released in 1987. The second album after Alice’s commitment to sobriety and a return to his faith finds him healthy, revitalized, and confident. The album uses songs like “Prince of Darkness,” “Freedom”, “Lock Me Up”, and “Give the Radio Back” to help push back against the PMRC’s efforts. However, the last few tracks take a more wicked turn with “Prince of Darkness”, “Time To Kill”, “Chop, Chop, Chop”, and “Gail”. Tapping in to who the enemy is and personification of evil in this world.

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