How cool are your parents?

Coolness as defined by musical taste: 0/10**

Coolness as defined by being massively supportive of things I do and generally being tolerant and nice people: 8/10

** mum gets bonus points for having a pretty solid taste in films. These are negated by my dad not believing in works of fiction.


One of my biggest hopes in life is that I don’t turn into one of those parents who makes their kids listen to whatever boring shit it is that I loved when I was forming a music taste.


My dad has very good taste in comedies and grew us up on Seinfeld and curb. I grew up pretty American I think but my bf who is half american, grew up with english tv and comedies so we’re not on the same wavelength there.

Why what?

Why are you glad they’re not cool?

Why do you love them?


Ah right. I think “coolness” as illustrated by music taste is extremely boring.

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I’m really envious of people who were introduced to music (or any form of culture, really) by their family. My mum and sister used to actively make fun of me for taking an interest in any music that wasn’t played on Radio 1.

Think my dad was clever about this. Never made me listen to anything, never force fed me, but would often enforce a ‘my car, my music’ policy and would then play a mix of stuff he knew I’d probably like anyway. It worked.

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They’ve been very kind to me over the years

Dad is a rock dad which when I was growing up I thought was cool but actually is not cool. He is the reason I got into music though so credit for that.

My mum is not cool in ways of culture, and I can’t remember the last time she watched a film or listened to not bad music, but she’s pretty wicked in terms of being good as being a parent. So that’s cool.

Not cool at all. My mum swears a lot and says inappropriate things when she’s drunk which used to make people think she was cool but now it’s veering into embarrassing-old-relative territory.

I remember listening to a lot of Britpop with my dad when I was younger and he bought my first single which was breakfast at tiffanys.
He did later on buy me Aqua’s barbie girl so who knows what that man was into.


my dad has never bought a cd in his life

or an album on any other format either

My dad also gave me a great musical education. Well early on it was largely 60s stuff and a bit of Fleetwood Mac but he always had music on or was playing his guitar and suppose got me into finding my own music, which he really liked being introduced to himself. He was a session musician in the 70s so he knew some cool peolle including Brian Eno and I remember speaking to him in the phone when he working on that dreadful Cher comeback in the 90s. Also he was mates with Bernard Hill as I think he was an extra or something on Boys From the Blackstuff so he used to bring him and other top lads over as he converted out attic into a music studio and always wanted to show it off.

Mum had a brief stint of being cool in her late teens which she revived again in her 30s but largely because of my dad.

One of things I wonder about most is whether me and my dad would have gone to gigs together but he died before the opportunity came up.


My mum (80) doesn’t really do popular culture although her favourite film star is Richard Gere
My dad’s 86; he likes Ella Fitzgerald and reggae. He’s pretty cool for his age.


I thought my dad was cool but he’s never let me have a chat with Eno on the phone. Holy smokes.

I wouldn’t define them as cool as such. But my dad has reasonable music tastes.

They are very caring people mind, dad is appealed by his generation voting for Brexit and “fucking it up for you youngun’s”. They vote Labour and hate Tories, and generally would help anyone. That will do me.

In his retirement, he spends a lot of his days playing football manager. I reckon I’d have no chance in beating him at that nowadays.

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Your dad sounds uber-cool

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You know it’s cool because they pluralise with a ‘z’.