Music writer/dad Pete Paphides says the following about seeing paparazzi photos of
OasisProdigy member Liam Howlett with an infant carrier on his arm [Same with Oasis-hole Liam Gallagher. What this mistake tells me: 1) I don't care about Oasis OR Prodigy. 2) now it's official: too many Liams. -dt]: "If you ever needed proof that fatherhood confers a creative death sentence on rock stars, these pictures provided pretty damning evidence."
Hey, Oasis might suck, but this may be throwing the baby out with the bong water here. Even as Pete praises women whose music increases in intensity after having a kid, he's pretty unequivocal in his view that when lad musicians become dads, they risk losing their edge. Or, if they somehow keep their cool, they lose their kid, who grows up resenting them (and, in the case of the late Jeff Buckley, writing scathing songs about what a cruel loser his dad was. Ouch.)
But there may be hope yet:
Perhaps as fathers become more hands-on with their children, we can expect rock stars to stop drawing such a distinction between their parenting duties and their creativity. In fact, procreation doesnít have to be the enemy of creation ñ a fact borne out not only by Radiohead [whose 2003 album Hail To The Thief was all written after Thom Yorke's son was born], but by a new wave of pop fathers who seem happy to find their muse in the crËche.When rockstars become dads [junior magazine, uk]
Recently: Children of Rock [rollingstone.com, can't remember where I saw this. Definitely not in the mag itself]