Have a think about what your grandparents look like, and how they’ve carried their old fashioned ways with them from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. If we carry our pop-punk youth with us from now until we’re old, what will we look like?
Take a second to picture your grandparents, or even your great-grandparents: What do they wear? What type of music do they listen to? How do they conduct themselves?
If I picture a typical little ol’ lady or gent, I imagine neatly pressed slacks paired with a button up or a blouse, topped with a cardigan. They’re humming the tunes that are hot on the ‘oldies’ radio station, and still go to church on the regular. Also, you’ll never catch them uttering a curse word.
As there’s been a study on how your music taste is developed in your youth, it’s no wonder that many older generations stick to what they know, which are the tried and true classics of the oldies.
It also seems that clothing style is another thing that sticks around. Many of our grandparents wouldn’t be caught dead out of the house in nothing but track pants and a t-shirt like many of us in the younger generation don.
Additionally, growing up back in the day meant being prim and proper, keeping your reputation in mind, refusing pre-marital sex, and not ever uttering a curse word – values that many 60+ year olds have continued to preach about.
Check out pop-punk anthem ‘All The Small Things’ by Blink-182:
If all of these are the cases, how will us pop-punk kids look in our golden years? Will we trade out our skinny jeans and band t-shirts for slacks and blouses? Will our music taste shift into classic rock ballads and easy listening tunes? Will we see ourselves holding our tongue when it comes to cursing, and redact from how we were as teens?
For me, I won’t be doing any of those things. No way would I give up my current favourite tunes, nor do I see myself giving up the comfort of a good ol’ band tee, or refrain myself from uttering the f-bomb at every corner.
Pop-punk icons Mayday Parade and Panic! At The Disco have been my ultimate favourite bands for nigh on 15 years, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, even if their lyrics of heartbreak are no longer relevant to me.
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The pop-punk genre of music has shaped all of my formative years, and not only helped me to push past moments of heartache, hatred of my hometown, and heated arguments with parents who never understood me, but it helped me create a love for a music community that is so damn solid. No fucking way would I ever give up that.
As for my sense of fashion, pop-punk was there again to provide me with the latest styles. Skinny jeans became a key staple of my wardrobe, and band t-shirts helped me find friends by a simple, “hey, I like that band too” comment. Plus, they’re both super casual, can be dressed up easily, and are goddamn comfortable. Why would I trade any of that for some pantsuit or sheer white blouse where you can definitely see my old lady bra?
Then, my state of mind has completely been something that pop-punk has helped fuel over the years. It taught me to question authority, thrive in the midst of an emotional breakdown, and to not give a flying fuck about what people think of me. It took me by the hand, and showed me that it was okay to be the person I wanted to be. Forget prim and proper – that never taught me a thing. Music icons like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Blink-182 raised me, instead.
Check out ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ by Panic! At The Disco:
So, what does this mean for us when we grow up to be old and a bit wrinkled?
Us as oldies will be the ones who show up to the concerts, even if we have to be wheeled in, to still rock out to our favourite bands, as well as up-and-coming pop-punk outfits. We’ll be the ones who still pump All Time Low‘s ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ in our cars, and refuse to turn down any Taking Back Sunday song.
We will be the generation who thinks that tattoos are absolutely rad, instead of a disgrace, and we certainly won’t be spouting the question: “Ugh, but what will they look like when you’re old?!”
There’s no way we’ll be sporting perfectly coifed curls or neatly parted hair, but will instead have a rainbow of colours atop our heads thanks to Manic Panic dye.
We’ll be the ones who encourage future generations to do what they please, to sing at the top of their lungs, and to question authority when there is reason to. Long gone will the days of ‘no sex before marriage’ and ‘follow the rules to a T’ be the norm. Our generation will be the ones who break the rules and have our grandkids saying, “Grandma!” when we drop the f-bomb.
In my opinion, we’ll be the generation who changes the definition of ‘old people’ forever, with our top-notch music taste, casual looks, and our ‘who cares’ attitude.
So, forget about us pop-punk kids sucking on Werther’s Originals while telling our grandkids to “turn that pop-punk racket down” while sporting ridiculously pressed slacks – we’ll be the generation that grows up to be just as angsty as we always were, munching on Pop-Tarts while donning our vintage band tees, and belting out the lyrics to My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ at every given chance.