The oldies

By Razib Khan | November 5, 2012 11:32 pm

One day my daughter will lament my antiquated taste in music. “Dad, how can you listen to that stuff?” Hey, we kept it real. Dial-up modems, no holo-touchscreens.

  • HardCoreXXMetalFanXX1

    The sellout metallica album? Razib, how could you!

  • szopen

    recently in a discussion the question of what girls were listening to when I was young. So I find out a early Polish boysband. I expected she would laugh and we would then proceed with listening to Laibach. Instead she said “how it’s possible that such great music was forgotten” and I am now tortured with poor poetry like “she was different.. like a diamond in a gray mist” and voices of boys who sound like if they had a circumsision going fatally awry

  • Sandgroper

    #2 – Just be grateful that, out of all-consuming unconditional love for your precious offspring, you are not subjected endlessly to the multitude of regional and temporal variants of Chinese opera.

    Why do I have to have the only kid who gets into trouble for singing Cantonese opera in biochemistry lab?

  • qrstuv

    One day I’m going to see Lars Ulrich on the street begging for change. I’m not going to give him any. Why? He knows why.

  • Bob

    Sing “Melancholy Baby”.

    > “Dad, how can you listen to that stuff?”

    Old is relative, especially to us old folks.

  • Brian Too

    Each generation invents their own music. Although, I’ve heard a theory that modern rock music is evolving more slowly in the last 30-40 years. Not sure I completely buy it though, and I still don’t think it will affect inter-generational dynamics.

    My theory is that children first identify with their parents and then rebel against them. Or perhaps they simply start identifying with their peers. Anyhow long-term musical preferences seem to develop during this second period, during adolescence and early adulthood.

    Therefore children (even as adults) will always tend to prefer different music than their parents. It could even be similar stylistically, in some imagined reality, but the song choices would be different on an individual level.

  • DK

    Each generation invents their own music.

    What music, exactly, the generation born this century has invented?

  • Scott Reilly

    Haha! The mid-90s is hardly far enough in the past for a taste in the music to be considered antiquated. One of their great albums from the 80s might be considered so, especially in terms of actual heavy metal, not like the garbage they’ve played since

  • DK

    “born this century”

    I meant “born into music scene this century”

  • Ed

    #8, They still make good metal

    If you like Metallica’s “old stuff”, check out Exodus.

    or the new Testament

  • Spike Gomes

    I think dubstep qualifies for both. I mean, it does sound like it was made by 10 year olds with a pirated copy of Ableton Live.

  • TGGP

    I’d say “The Black Album” was their sellout album, even if it did have some good tracks. Metallica stole one of Exodus’ guitarists, it’s fitting revenge that they’d become the better band. Although Deathmagnetic is a big improvement over St. Anger. I’ll shut up before I start sounding like the Onion’s 90s punk.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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