Death Knell Dictionary: "Dad Rock"

Labels can be helpful; they can be informative, clarify things and help save time. But sometimes they’re just plain stupid. Case in point: “dad rock”.

Supposedly, this is meant to be a snarky insult directed towards artists who follow rock tradition in their music. But here’s the thing: unless an artist is doing something incredibly new and original—which is terribly unlikely in the realm of popular music these days—it stands to reason they are operating within previously established guidelines. Therefore, these parameters were likely laid down by a prior generation. Hence, this leaves the “dad rock” designation devoid of substance and reducing it to just another vapid hipster epithet.

So, essentially, this derogatory term stems from the same group of people whose music and wardrobe fall mostly within the category of ‘80s retreads. Isn’t that ironic, Alanis?