Hey guys, remember the '80s? The big hair, the leather vests, the wild, drug-fueled orgies on the Slayer tour bus after the show? Or that time you listened to so much Mötley Crüe you got addicted to heroin, joined a sex cult and killed your sister's parakeet in ritual sacrifice?
The causal relationship in that last sentence might seem tenuous, but if you were a teenager during the Reagan administration, that kind of rhetoric was far from a punchline -- it was on the Senate floor, as Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center attempted to prove that music with lyrics about sex, drugs and violence actually compelled teenagers to partake in those activities themselves.
Now, some 20 years after Dee Snider took the stand before members of Congress to argue that Twisted Sister's lyrics were not, in fact, leading teens down a path toward Satan, science has finally backed him up.
According to a new study published by the International Society for Self and Identity, adults who identified as metal fans during their adolescence reported being "significantly happier in their youth and better adjusted currently" than their non-metalhead counterparts.