If you’re like me who grew up listening to punk rock bands like the Vandals, NOFX, Pennywise, The Descendents, and Bad Religion, you’ll be curious to see how all of the rockers from these bands and many other punk groups managed to evolve into parenthood and middle age. The documentary, The Other F Word, directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins takes viewers into their dualistic worlds: that of the raging, on stage rocker and the docile, doting father.
The 2011 documentary focuses primarily around Jim Lindberg of Pennywise and goes between the months he spends away from home on tour and the moments he shares with his three girls. Other interviews include rockers and front men such as Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fat Mike from NOFX, Lars Frederiksen from Rancid, and Greg Hetson from Circle Jerks.
These men, and others, recount their childhoods ranging from tranquil and domestic to abusive and explosive and how their backgrounds and choices have affected their spin on parenting their own children. They also talk about how they reconcile their anarchist, devil-may-care punk rock beliefs and lifestyle with that of the authoritative and structured father figure and how they have changed with time and responsibility.
Fat Mike says in the film about her daughter going to private school, “She’s in a hoity toity private school…we hang out with her friends parents… they’re nice enough to us, but they’re oh so boring…”
With so many contradictions, these punk stars lie them all of the table and admit that fatherhood has changed them for the better and it’s the betterment of their children’s lives that drive their paternal instincts.
For those curious to see where are their favorite punk stars are now and those parents who identified with the restless youth that still lies beneath their cleaned up exteriors, this candid and heartfelt documentary is for you.