Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday at a Senate hearing on the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of parental warning stickers on rock and rap records.
The hearing is being chaired by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, who also led a hearing last fall on the lyrics of artists like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.
Novoselic, who currently directs his musical energy to his group Sweet 75, also heads a Seattle-based advocacy group called JAMPAC, which promotes the free speech rights of performers and record companies.
He arrived in Washington early to catch last weekend's Tibetan Freedom Concert, where spoke with MTV News about the efforts he's seen by politicians on his home turf of Seattle to crack down on the music industry.
"It's a handy issue for some politicians up there so they can go back to their districts during the election and they claim they're doing something about the school shootings and teen pregnancies
and teen violence, and it's a real quick fix, but it's a ruse," Novoselic told MTV News. "These are complicated issues. How do you address something like all these unsupervised afternoons and summers when all these young people in America have all this idle time?"