One of the best ways to create mystique around your music as an artist is to piss off the parents of middle America, because as soon as kids are told they can’t enjoy something, it makes them want to enjoy it all the more. In the case of these 10 bands, we definitely needed to listen to them with our boomboxes turned down REALLY low when we were at home.
The poster boy for musical controversy in the 90s terrified parents in a way that few artists could ever dream of, and he had the record sales to prove it.
Snoop might seem like your quaint rap uncle these days, but once upon a time he was on trial for murder and terrorizing parents through the boomboxes of suburban kids everywhere.
When a band really, really loves writing songs about things like war and Satan, you’re probably not gonna find them on a list of bands accepted by your local church.
The Real Slim Shady was just a little too real for a lot of adults, who were mortified that their kids were listening to him.
These next few artists used to really drive our folks nuts…
Xtina was fair game for a lot of people for a while, but as soon as “Dirrty” hit the airwaves and music channels, parents changed their tune VERY quickly.
Fred Durst and company were crude and rude at the best of times, and the adults in our lives HATED them for it.
Daphne & Celeste
While these two were ultimately kind of a blip on the radar, “U.G.L.Y.” was a big hit, but our folks thought we were being way too mean to people by singing it.
Rage Against The Machine
A band is probably not going to endear themselves to your folks when they have lyrics like “F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me!”
He rapped about guns, drugs, women, and the thug life. Did you honestly think you wouldn’t get in trouble for listening to his stuff?
The biggest metal band of the 90s (and possibly all time) were dominating the charts, which of course brought their existence to the attention of tons of people who didn’t like their tough-guy attitudes.