My Dad is Dead | They’ve Been Around for Ages

Updated: Apr 19, 2020


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Created in Cleveland, Ohio by Mark Edwards in 1984, My Dad is dead released 12 albums before officially ending in 2011. Mark Edwards played drums in the early years of the 1980s for various bands before recording under the name My Dad Is Dead. Edwards had to learn how to play guitar as well as write music, drumming consisted of a drum machine during live performances.


The name My Dad Is Dead comes from the fact that both of Edwards parents had passed by the time he was 21. The self-titled cassette album was released in 1985, Edwards later released ...and He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore through local label St. Valentine in 1986. Edwards released the second LP titled Peace, Love and Murder through Birth Records later that year. Edwards signed with Homestead Records in 1988 and released 3 albums The Best Defense, Let's Skip The Details, and finally The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get, the last of the three being released in 1989.


My Dad Is Dead continued to release music during the 1990’s. The Shine double seven-inch was released in 1990, Chopping Down the Family Tree in 1991 and Out of Sight, Out of Mind in 1993 through Scat Records. Edwards continued to release albums all the way up till 2009 with the last album being A New Clear Route through Unhinged. The project of My Dad Is Dead officially ended in 2011, later that year a new group called Secular Joy was formed.


Where to start with My Dad Is Dead? To get the best experience of this project its best to check out their album titled …and He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore, track highlights include The Quiet Man and Talk To The Weather Man. The whole album can only be described as underground and gloomy its certainly a style that has a lot of quirkiness and imperfections.


My Dad Is Dead, well the project is officially dead for now but with a catalogue of 12 albums under the belt it’s safe to say Edwards has made his mark. There is no doubt that the influence and style of this project is reflected in today’s underground music scene making My Dad Is Dead timeless.