Everyone dreams of being a rock star at least once in their lives. Some of us actually give it a shot, writing and recording music, learning established bands’ songs to cover, playing gigs, the whole nine. Sadly, only a very select few of us either have the talent or get lucky enough to strike it big.

Such was the case for the father of TikTok user @fuegotao (or Mateo), whose love of music led him to play in a number of bands in his younger years and record some tracks along the way. One of those bands, Trip Master Monkey, even put out a small album in 1992 – so 30 years ago. Unfortunately, those dreams never materialized and the rocker eventually became a dad and settled down.

Fast forward to 2022 and Mateo managed to track a copy of his dad’s music down and had it remastered by an audio engineer. After a quick upload to Spotify, Apple Music, and other services, Mateo surprised his father by playing the new version on a recent car trip.

The result, as you’ll see below, is nothing short of heartwarming and tearjerking and all that other feel good stuff. You really ought to watch it yourself, but I cannot imagine what it must have felt like to hear those songs for the first time in a long time and learn that anyone in the world could listen to it too.

The moment of realization on his father’s face is priceless, as is the number of “wows” and fist bumps. What an amazing gift to give someone for their birthday. It goes to show that even if you don’t make it big, the internet makes it possible that even if you don’t get a

You should check out the video and remastered album from 90s rock band Trip Master Monkey below.

(via Louder)

@fuegotao

Stoked to be able to make this happen, Happy Birthday Pops!🤘🏼🔥 #dadsoftiktok #music #punk #rock ♬ original sound – Mateo