Thursday, February 22, 2024

9 Bands You Didn’t Realize are Dad Rock Now

They say you notice getting older in your body first. That’s untrue. You notice it when you wake up one day and have no idea what a Tekashi 69 is, if you’ve ever accidentally tried it, and is Ariana Grande something you order at Starbucks?

You’ve fallen out of touch without even realizing it. The Offspring’s ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ lyrics actually make sense to you. And that cute college girl at the bar gives you a blank stare when you mention The Offspring.

Might as well face the truth. If you’re old enough to have a young teenage child, your music is now officially dad rock. So let’s look at 9 bands we’ve sadly realized are remnants of our past.

Blink 182

Yup! With Dude Ranch being released in 1997, all those “na-na-na’s” in Blink 182’s songs are now the chants of ageing old men. Guys, Mark Hoppus is 48 years old.

That’s still “young”, in a “50 is the new 40” sort of way, but it’s actually kind of old. It’s like, early retirement age, which Blink 182 has comfortably been able to do.

The Offspring

Absolutely dad rock, but essential dad rock. The Offspring’s third album Smash went globally popular in 1992, providing skater punk youth an alternative to the constant dreary moans of Kurt Cobain on every Nirvana song.

I mean, we can easily trace Tony Hawk Pro Skater and the Jackass franchise to that first time you popped Smash in your CD player. Oh and by the way, Tony Hawk is 52, and Steve-O is 46.

It’s actually really hard to imagine The Offspring being over 30 years old, releasing their first EP when Guns ‘n Roses was still on modern rock radio. A lot of classic rock bands have had casino slot games themed after them, including Guns ‘n Roses, Jimi Hendrix, and Motorhead, which you can play on Casumo along with online blackjack. So maybe The Offspring deserve their own slot game too!

Marilyn Manson

Sorry guys, the shock-rock Antichrist Superstar just isn’t edgy anymore. Honestly, when was the last time you saw a Marilyn Manson t-shirt paired with Jnco jeans and giant earlobe rings?

Marilyn Manson is to our generation what Alice Cooper was to our dads, and that means Marilyn Manson is now dad rock.


We loved to hate Limp Bizkit, but somehow we simply loved Staind. Who didn’t download the live version of ‘Outside’ through Napster or Limewire, with Fred Durst ruining the moment halfway through the sombre ballad?

Well, you can chuck these guys in the dad rock bin now. Probably a good thing, since Aaron Lewis is apparently a country singer now?

Matchbox 20

Absolutely, blues-collar rock band Matchbox 20 is certifiably dad rock now. You can probably remember most of the lyrics to ‘Unwell’ or ‘Push’, but they haven’t released a new album in 10 years, and ‘North’ sounded a bit too much like a modern Maroon 5 album, instead of Yourself or Someone Like You.

Rob Thomas’ vocals over Santana’s guitar in ‘Smooth’ is still one of the best songs of all time though.

Barenaked Ladies

Chickity China, the Chinese chicken, have a drumstick and your brain starts tickin”. Yup, officially dad rock. I mean at the time though, if you could rap-sing the whole song word for word, you were like, the bomb.

Bet you can’t now though. It’s that increasing memory loss, am I right?


I’ve never personally felt like a freak on a leash, but nu-metal’s bad rock is now dad rock. There were so many bad nu-metal bands in the late 90s and early 00s, we’ve thankfully forgotten the majority of them, but Korn led the bunch.


Ooo-wa-ah-ah-ah! David Draiman’s throat-clearing vocalizations on ‘Down With the Sickness’ were 21 years ago.

Along with bands like Linkin Park and Papa Roach, Disturbed might’ve even been your introduction to “alternative metal” music on the radio, when pop-punk and alternative rock was on its way out.


To be honest, Creed was actually suburban mom rock even when they were popular, a concept Nickelback took and ran with as far as the rope would go.

But if you still guilty-pleasure nostalgia trip to ‘One Last Breath’, belting “hold me noowwww” at the top of your lungs, just know it is completely and entirely in the realms of dad rock.

Lolly Rockly
Lolly Rockly
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  1. Funny how the depth of a mid life crisis is directly proportional to how much derision you’ve thrown at those who fit the older demographic. In other words…. You’ll be old too one day and it’s later than you think….chances are that even now your heels are being snapped at by younger kids who are smarter , sharper, faster, and brighter than the author of this profoundly ageist diatribe. Old saying…..”You’ll get yours” all in good time. One question it raises…..How cool will you be when you reach “that” decade.


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