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When musicians this week introduced a new parental warning label to signal rec-ords with explicit lyrics, they hoped it would end the threat of government regulation.

But just one day later - on Thursday - Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, introduced a resolution warning the music industry that it must still improve warnings even further and voluntarily, or else Congress will come up with a better system itself.Nielson told the House that the label introduced this week for records, tapes and compact discs "is a great stride forward," but "it is by no means the end of the journey. For example, the position of the logo could be better located as a flag of warning."

The new label will be placed on the front lower right-hand corner of recordings, which some have said could hide them from view when they are in record bins.

Nielson added, "The system does not cover music videos which, with the added visual dimension, can be more inflammatory than words and music alone."

He also complained that the new label merely warns of explicit lyrics, without saying exactly what topics they address or including exact lyrics.

"Music almost by definition is meant to influence the psyche of men and women too," Nielson said. "More and more of the music targeting our children and grandchildren are suggestive of violence, vandalism, rape, murder, drug abuse, suicide, human sacrifice, degradation of race, women, children and human life, not to mention bestiality, sadism, masochism and other perversions."

Nielson recently sent what he described as an "R-rated" letter to House members containing examples of explicit lyrics, hoping it would convince them to co-sponsor his resolution.

Eight other House members have co-sponsored his resolution so far, including Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah.

Nielson's action goes almost counter to what Mickey Granberg, speaking on behalf of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, had hoped for at the unveiling of the new logo: "Our members hope that this voluntary step by the recording industry will put the nightmare of governmental regulation behind us."