Father's Day is just around the corner and, seeing as how we took the time to talk about our favourite and least favourite rock star moms for Mother’s Day, we figured it was only fair that we share the love and/or hate with music world dads, too.
So if you have a great dad, you can celebrate this day of paternal bonding by reading about five musicians who are almost as cool as him. And if you have a bad dad, you can console yourself by reading about the plights of the poor children who had to endure our bottom five picks.
Click on the gallery below to launch the feature and Happy Father's Day! (Or not.)
Music's Best Dads
We’re a bit ambivalent about the Fresh Prince. His somewhat baffling and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/will-smith-scientology" target="_blank">convoluted association with Scientology</a> gives us pause and the fact that his 14-year-old son <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/jaden-smith-clad-iron-man-kylie-jenner-date-article-1.1358670" target="_blank">Jaden went shopping as Iron Man last month </a> was a tad odd. But every time we try to quit him, he says something really smart and grounded about fatherhood, particularly <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/22-greatest-quotes-will-smith-273311.html?cat=9" target="_blank">the way that black fatherhood is portrayed in the media </a> and it makes us think that maybe, sometimes, parents just do understand.
Everyone’s favourite earnest blue collar balladeer seems to have done a pretty great job of raising his three children. And you could argue that he’s also at least partially responsible for raising a couple of generations of rockers with daddy issues through his music at this point. Plus, he and offspring Jessica were responsible for <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2169795/Bruce-Springsteen-dragged-daughter-Jessica-onstage-dance-10-000-fans.html" target="_blank">one of the coolest and least creepy father/daughter dances ever in Paris last year. </a>
Don’t you just love Rashida Jones? Isn’t she amazingly smart and talented and stunningly grounded for someone whose childhood involved getting <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rashina-Jones-Michael-Jackson-Chimp-1057027.aspx" target="_blank">attacked by Michael Jackson’s chimp Bubbles </a> and <a href="http://welcometotwinpeaks.com/actors/rashida-jones-twin-peaks-peggy-lipton" target="_blank">checking under her bed for BOB from her mom’s show, "Twin Peaks?"</a> We’re thinking at least some of the credit for raising such a lovely person should go to her legendary producer dad, Quincy Jones.
On stage, he’s the father (or godfather, depending on who you ask) of shock rock. Off, Alice Cooper is your average golf-loving dad who has taught his kids to value their good fortune in life and respect the fans who have made it possible. “He told us, ‘Those people are the reason you go to college, drive a car, have nice clothes, because they like my music and buy my records,’” his daughter (and occasional backup dancer) <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/music/articles/20110303sheryl-alice-cooper-kids-faith.html?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">Calico Cooper told AZCentral in 2011. </a>
As the dad of two sons with Cerebral Palsy and a daughter with epilepsy, the grunge rock forefather has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about these conditions. He and his wife Pegi also founded <a href="http://www.bridgeschool.org/" target="_blank">The Bridge School </a>for children with physical challenges. His 1982 album, "Trans," was inspired by his efforts to communicate with his non-verbal son Ben. Young has also put a lot of work into making his <a href="http://fatherhoodchannel.com/2010/09/22/daddy-is-a-rock-star-neil-youngs-big-red-button/" target="_blank">model train hobby more accessible to Ben. </a>
Music's Bad Dads
We’re not saying that Eminem isn’t doing right by his family these days. On top of his biological daughter, Hailie, he’s also raising his adopted daughter Alaina (Hailie’s biological cousin) and his own half-brother Nathan. We’re just a little uneasy about that whole “rapping about murder fantasies that involve the mother of your child” thing. Surely a song like “Kim” isn’t the clearest cut path to a World’s Best Dad mug.
We’re not even sure how the former Libertine (and, we’re assuming, current libertine) found enough time and energy to sire children in his jam packed schedule of tabloid scandals and drug issues, let alone try to raise them. The Sun reported that <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/4917487/macaulay-culkin-moves-in-to-pete-dohertys-home-in-paris.html" target="_blank">he moved in last with Macauly Culkin last month </a> which sounds like a super environment for a child. Or any human being, really.
Mitch always seemed like such a good dad to Hobie on "Baywatch," but life isn’t always like it is in the movies or syndicated TV epics about lifeguards. In reality, The Hoff’s alcohol issues drove his daughter Taylor Ann to film him on the floor of a Vegas hotel room, trying and failing to eat a cheeseburger. She can be heard in the background of the now-infamous video, begging him to stop drinking.
According to Michael Jackson, his father Joe emotionally and physical abused him. In a 2003 interview with Oprah, the King of Pop said that his father would sit with a belt in his hands as he watched the Jacksons rehearse, among other horrors. According to the pater familias himself, he whipped all nine of his children and he doesn’t really see what the big deal is. “I'm glad I was tough, because look at what I came out with. I came out with kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right,” <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/30/showbiz/joe-jackson-pmt" target="_blank">he told Piers Morgan earlier this year.</a>
According to his daughter, the singer and guitarist for The Mamas And The Papas was a very bad papa, indeed. In her 2009 memoir "High On Arrival," Mackenzie Phillips stated that she’d engaged in a decade-long incestuous relationship with John, pictured on the right, that started after he raped her during a drug binge when she was nineteen. Her half- sister Chynna stands by her claims, while her mother Michelle and half-sister Bijou have both publicly stated that they don’t believe her.