Punk Rock Dads: Fuck The World? Nah, "For The Wee-ones"
Forget about the brutality of slam pits, the relentless touring, and the struggle to maintain a viable career in a collapsing music industry. The scariest, most challenging endeavor many punk musicians have is raising a family.
In the new documentary The Other F Word -- premiering tomorrow night, November 4 at the Nuart -- punk rock figures including members of Rise Against and Bad Religion talk about the complexities and joys of raising a brood. Somewhere along the way "Fuck The World" became "For The Wee-ones," and it saved some of their lives. Actually, in many ways punk dudes make the best dads. The troubled childhoods that led them to aggressive music also seems to drive them to give their kids something different. And they tend to have strong wills.
Here are five ferocious but caring fathers in the documentary that particularly stand out.
Band: The Adolescents
Background: The OC punk legends started in 1980, when singer Tony was 16. He was a product of a broken home; his dad left when he was 4. Nowadays, he still plays music and is a teacher and advocate for special needs kids.
Memorable scene in the film: Gardening with his son.
Best quote: About punk rock, he says "The people that I went to school with hated it, hated me, I hated them. It was beautiful, it was perfect."
Song that might bite daddy in the ass some day: "I Hate Children"
4. Fat Mike
Background: NOFX formed in 1983. Fat Mikesays his parents divorced when he was a kid. He and the mother of his daughter divorced last year.
Tats: He has a dominatrix with a ball gag in her mouth on his arm. "How do you explain that to a 4 year old?" he asks.
Best quote: "I will not play on stage sober."
Memorable scene in the film: Mike enters his daughter Darla's Hello Kitty covered room. She requests breakfast in bed, except she wants it in mommy and daddy's bed. He gives in, and makes her oatmeal and toast with spray-on butter.
Song that might bite daddy in the ass some day: "Fuck The Kids"
Background: It's Frederiksen (in bondage pants) and son Wolfgang who appear on all the promo for the film.The San Francisco-based musician still records and tours with Rancid after two decades. His wife just gave birth to his second child last week.
Tats: He contemplates whether or not the one on his forehead was such a good idea.
Best quote: "I am who I am and hopefully, I will instill in my son that you judge people on their merit, not on the way that they look."
Memorable scene in the film: Lars in a "I Hate People" tee with his son, scaring all the other families away from the playground.
Song that might bite daddy in the ass some day: "Roots Radicals"