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Would you be more or less likely to purchase music that came with a label warning the listener of implicit lyrics?

Asked by Nullo (21833 points ) January 27th, 2013

I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the Parental Advisory sticker warning of profanity in music. But might implicit lyrics be the more dangerous of the two? How would you figure implicit lyrics?

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augustlan's avatar

I would suppose that “implicit” referred to graphic sexual (or possibly violent) content as opposed to cussing. If I were buying it for young children, either label would steer me away. If it’s for an adult, neither would.

jerv's avatar

I would be more likely to assume that society had gone completely off the deep end in their quest for a sanitized fantasy utopia.

If such a warning label were ever displayed in any manner other than a tongue-in-cheek joke, not only would I not buy that album, I probably would not buy from that publisher, or any distributor who thought it was a good idea.

Shippy's avatar

They’d use specific words and or actions, in the way as described by using vocabulary we would rather not our children hear. Or maybe even we ourselves would not rather hear.

downtide's avatar

Only if I was buying it for a child.

Which reminds me, that when I was about 11 I wanted Kate Bush’s first album. My mum said she would get it for me but she never did, and always claimed it was “sold out”. Now, all the lyrics were printed on the back of the album cover so I think she must have read this

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ragingloli's avatar

It would not make one iota of a difference to me. Besides, I do not buy music.

ragingloli's avatar

@downtide
So your mum was so religious that she could not tolerate references to Zeus?

CWOTUS's avatar

It depends on the lyrics and the music in general.

marinelife's avatar

Neither. It would depend on if I wanted that music.

KNOWITALL's avatar

To me I wouldn’t buy it because I don’t enjoy a lot of explicit lyrics, alluding to a feeling and being descriptive through your music and words is more my style. I don’t buy music either though.

flutherother's avatar

Implicit lyrics to me sounds like poetry. It would be crazy to try to ban it.

zenvelo's avatar

Implicit lyrics have driven rock and roll since the 1950s and on through the decades. “Wake up, Little Susie”, “I think We’re Alone Now” Songs b the Doors, the Rolling Stones, and dozens of other hits.

I wouldn’t make a buying decision one way or the other with any kind of sticker.

wundayatta's avatar

I would be sure not to buy it. I hate lyrics, implicit or explicit. They all suck to me.

downtide's avatar

@ragingloli my mum is so atheist she has no idea who Zeus even is. She thought it was about children having sex.

Gabby101's avatar

Has no impact if I am buying it for myself. These kinds of labels do have value when buying for children, though – and I guess for people that you know who are more socially conservative than most (thinking of my parents/grandparents, a cousin who is very involved with the church).

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