The year is 2004. Despite my father (age 44) primarily listening to a combination of Steve Winwood, Level 42, Steely Dan, and Steppenwolf pretty much exclusively, he keeps talking about Gwen Stefani. He plays Hollaback Girl on the stereo. He buys Love Angel Music Baby on the Rhapsody music store.
Anyway whatever this phenomenon is, I am going through it with myself and Dua Lipa
Related: I once tried to get my dad into The Hold Steady (when Boys In Girls In America) came out. He could not get into it. My mom likes Hurray for the Riff Raff and Hiss Golden Messenger a lot but only knows them when I commandeer the stereo when I visit. My dad is mostly exposed to new music via SNL which he watches religiously
@alex I remember a late-90s phase where my dad, who mostly listened to jazz & classical & 60s rock/folk/Motown, started coming home from the record store with random CDs like Boyz II Men and Faith Hill and Gin Blossoms
More recently, my stepmother-in-law was really into Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" which we found vaguely inappropriate (maybe because her own teenage daughter was still living with them)
@alex my parents did this with movies, they've always tended towards feel-good Oscar-bait-type and older movies, lo and behold when I was home for Thanksgiving last year they were excited to watch the latest installment of John fucking Wick
@alex my dad came home with a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion cd in 1999 or 2000 and while that wasn’t wildly out of musical character it definitely stuck in my memory
@alex Adele. My dad got her CD and now ever since she’s about his favorite artist. With Imagine Dragons following in her wake. On a tangential sidenote his classic rock predilections have rubbed off on me and now that’s legit unironically my fav and probably always will be.
@alex i only know one musician who’s been on and i asked her about this a while ago; she says that it’s almost like a joke to go on and just know you sound like hot ass
dads.cool is a Mastodon instance for dads, running the Hometown fork of Mastodon.