Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
Originally Posted by Juuulie
Ha ha, I have the opposite problem. My 14yo son's favorite band is The Who -- which was my favorite band when I was his age. And I must confess, even though it's fun to watch The Kids Are Alright and listen to those old albums together, it also feels sort of weird & incestuous. Teenagers aren't supposed to like the same music as their parents! I keep thinking "Uh, son? WTF!"
Why aren't teenagers supposed to like the same music as their parents? This is one of those random "rules" that I just don't get. Teenagers are going to like whatever they like, just like adults. In any case, I grew up in the 80s, and there were very few of my classmates who liked their parent's music (mostly 50s/early 60s)...but there were a ton who liked the music of the 60s and early 70s, which was at least 10 years "out of date" by then.
Okay, honestly, we just thought it was funny that DS became so enchanted with all this "old time" music when he had such a wide variety of choice of modern music that developed AFTER DH and I left our own teenage years, like rap, hip hop etc. Instead of "rule" think typical teenage stereotype. Of course everyone doesn't follow stereotypes. When they don't, it can be amusing, ironic, etc., which is what I think people here are commenting on, or at least I am. I did not want to listen to my parents' Hank Williams albums (loved Johnny Cash and Billie Holliday though) and they disliked the Rolling Stones, the Clash etc. (although they showed remarkable tolerance for almost continuous play of Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan on a cross-continental road trip one summer). So yes, I find it funny that DS listens to a LOT of Stones and the Clash and can play on his guitar most of Cheap Trick's oeuvre. He also plays Bach, Vivaldi etc. on his double bass, Spanish music on his classical guitar and a whole lot of ska and punk music that he composes himself. He's entitled to enjoy and play whatever he likes and wants, and he does.
Likewise, it's a stereotype that teens and adults don't wear or like the same clothes. DD plunders my closet every morning looking for something to wear. Her friends can't believe that she wears my stuff. I'm not sure what they say when they find out that some of her shirts belonged to my father - and he's been dead for 15 years.
I think there's a pretty big difference between finding it amusing or ironic when a teen doesn't follow the stereotypes and calling it "weird and incestuous" that they like the same music as their parents.
Personally, I don't even find it amusing - I'm just glad ds1 and I can connect somewhat on the music level. But, I can see people finding it amusing. I just don't get the "weird and incestuous" stuff. Music is music. I like some classical, some old 80s pop rock (a lot better than I liked it in the 80s, for sure), some 60s/70s "classic" rock, some jazz, etc. My first love is still 80s metal, especially the NWOBHM, and most especially Iron Maiden. But, I like a lot of music, even some of ds1's...and as I type that, I realize just how freaking weird it is that we even phrase it that way...it's not "ds1's music". DS1 also likes a lot of music, including some of "mine". I just honestly don't get why this seems weird to people. I find it much, much weirder that whole generations listen to only one kind of music, and/or lay claim to a band, sound, etc. Demographics are a marketing tool, not a lifestyle.