The 1980s, for those unlucky enough to remember, were a time of great terror. Commies, Nukes, Drugs, and especially Satan kept otherwise reasonable seeming people up at night with worry and dread.
Rock and Roll music, especially that perceived as under the loosely applied label ‘Heavy Metal’ often got the blame for sending the precious children down that murky path of moral turpitude, degradation, and eternal damnation.
Rational Wiki describes it thusly:
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In sociology, Satanic Panic is a phenomenon characterized by widespread fear about the presence of Satanic ritual abuse in one’s community, state or country. The recent phenomenon of Satanic Panic originated during the 1970s and gained traction during the 1980s and 1990s, when a widespread belief took hold within Americanevangelical Christianity that a vast underground network of Satanists is in control of secular society. Satanic Panic seems to have disappeared entirely by the 2000s, perhaps because fundamentalists now have other things to panic about.