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7 Surprisingly Cool Albums Your Parents Own

on February 17, 2014, 12:00am
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Assuming you’re in your late 20s or early 30s, your parents came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s and reached your present age sometime in the ‘80s. During that decade, they started a family, settled into their careers, maybe even bought the house you grew up in. They began their descent into no longer being cool, in other words, and by 1992, chances are they’d completely stopped buying new music. It’s sad, but as their CD collections attest, they had a good final run, and scattered among all the Beatles, Stones, and Springsteen classics you’d expect to find are a few surprising gems — evidence they were once curious listeners not content to salute Sgt. Pepper’s until their dying days.

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Biff Poundwagon
August 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hey kiddies, this is your uncle, the oops baby Grandpa and Grandma had late in life, older than you but noticebly younger than your parents. Take it from me, Sade was never that big a stretch. She was hip-lite, always played on the radio station that played Neil Dianond. An early Sting solo album might have been a better choice. Joe Jackson quickly went in this direction too. The sad thing about most of the rest of these choices is you probably had to listen to jam bands to rebel.

Uncle Steve

August 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

My dad’s vinyl collections laughs at this list.

March 22, 2014 at 5:55 am

I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this
post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about
my difficulty. You are wonderful! Thanks!

March 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm

mice try, mom and dad.

Sasha Geffen
February 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

my dad’s record collection trumps mine by a million lol

February 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

ha, nice Cramps reference. please do not ever refer to my parents having s_x, though. seriously.

February 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm


February 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

So a Talking Heads, Prince and an REM album are SURPRISINGLY good? Are old are you? It’s not 2050.

February 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

How old. Not are old.

February 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

What the hell is happening to this site? Talking Heads are “surprisingly cool”? Christ…

August 7, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hear hear. I have no idea who the target audience for this piece is, since it implies that the reader is around age 30 & reads music writing websites, yet has never listened to these extremely popular albums. Do some digging, CoS, especially if you include “surprising” in your title!

February 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

All you can come up with is 7? I’m having a hard time coming up with 7 albums my kid’s have that are surprisingly cool!

Mike D
February 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

Feeling old too. I bought almost all these when they came out…I feel I still listen to (semi) cool, current music! For an old guy in his forties anyway!

Matthew Urso
February 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

my parents? am i that old? i bought half of these when they came out

Capt Ahole
February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

This list is hurting

Billy Marcinkevich
February 17, 2014 at 4:07 am

“Then they went home and totally went to town on each other. Sorry.”



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