Thursday June 15, 2017

Dad rock: what is it and is it so bad?

Various examples of what one would consider 'dad rock': (from left) Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton and Mac DeMarco.

Various examples of what one would consider 'dad rock': (from left) Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton and Mac DeMarco. (All Getty Images)

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Father's Day is coming up this weekend and it gives us the opportunity to wonder what exactly does the rock critic term "Dad Rock" mean, and is it a bad thing?

If The Steve Miller Band, Steely Dan, and Dire Straits at at the top of the list, there's a good chance you're a dad.
And if your list is fill of names like The National, Bon Iver, and Wilco, you're a slightly younger dad.

Basically Dad Rock is the musical version of 'comfort food' for men of a certain age and the term is meant to be a bit of a dig at music nerds who have entered middle age. But Dad Rock isn't always a put-down. And you don't need to be a Dad yourself to play Dad Rock. Newer acts like Mac DeMarco and War on Drugs are intentionally embracing Dad rock aesthetics and even teen heart-throb Harry Styles' solo album has gotten the label.

Former q team member Stuart Berman is a dad, rocker and a rock critic and he discusses all things 'dad rock' with q host Tom Power.

— Produced by Chris Trowbridge