Making My 16-Year-Old Cousin Listen To Therapy? and Hootie & the Blowfish

Unlike Jesse Hughey and Darryl Smyers, I do not have children yet. I come from a large family. My father is eldest of five, so it's understandable why I, a 33-year-old, have cousins who are teenagers.

Something I've wondered about with my cousins is the kind of music they like these days. Is their generation really all about hip-hop, screamo, dubstep, teen pop, and what Pitchfork says is cool? Do they truly care about (or care to know about) The Clash, Love, or At the Drive-In? Are my cousins like I was in high school, where I had a variety of interests, but was very guarded about sharing those tastes with others?

See also: - Playing Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey for my daughter - Playing Fugazi's Repeater for my kids

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
Contact: Eric Grubbs