Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids


The Beach Boys

If Foster the People and One Direction started a band and stayed at the beach all day, it would be sort of like the Beach Boys. A lot of songs about cars and girls, but they also got a little arty, too. Also, don't do drugs. No matter how cool they may seem. You may never come back.

(See also: The Zombies, The Turtles)


Neil Young

Lately John Mayer -- the guy Taylor Swift dated who is currently befouling Katy Perry -- has been trying to be like Neil Young, who you probably know as the guy with huge mutton chops on VH1 Classic singing about rust, the moon and farming. Sounds lame, but he actually once played with Pearl Jam. Who's Pearl Jam? That's a whole other genre for a whole other blog.

(See also: Gram Parsons, James Taylor, Ryan Adams)


Queen

Queen are still around, even though their lead singer Freddie Mercury died over 20 years ago. Adam Lambert from American Idol is obsessed with them, and even sings for them sometimes, so that's probably how you know Queen, plus the rest of the band is always at the Super Bowl or something.

(See also: Electric Light Orchestra)



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a-ramak
a-ramak

Hey Craig, what would you tell your kids about Journey?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

The blog post that launched a thousand debates.  Seems like just another list, but the 'introducing classic rock to a kid' spin is cool.

 

Might start with 'Rocket 88', the Sun catalog, old time Gospel, then move through Buddy Holly to the lull before the Beatles (Paul Anka, et al) ... but that's just another route to take.

 

Nice Friday topic - Thanks.

colby.a.louis
colby.a.louis

I would like to express my gratitude for the tactical absence of bands like Boston, Golden Earring, RamJam and the Mick Jagger solo stuff. Kids don't need to know about that.

 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Not blessed with kids, (and having a terminal allergy to the adoption process) I truly enjoy the experiences of other parents. I live next to a cat old enough to remember being too broke to go to Beatles/LedZep/Jimi shows. His teen kid raids the LP box and quizzes him on the music. That was me with the old man's books, (not magazines, trust) and I grew up reading Hemingway, Faulkner & Sinclair. I believe there's not a lot of explanation needed. Your kids want to know what you are/were into and they'll "get" the music or they won't and no amount of explanation will make a difference. Fun article, Mr. Hlavaty.

WraithofKhan
WraithofKhan

@hprocksoff I try to do this with my kids. Actually was working on female rock musicians to share with my daughter.

wildheartrocks
wildheartrocks

@WraithofKhan I could totally help you with that one: Heart, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Kim Gordon, No Doubt, Christine McVie etc etc etc.

christinalynn
christinalynn

 @a-ramak mine? Greatest female-fronted rock band ever. Now what would he say about Stevie Nicks' solo work is what I wanna know!

wildheartrocks
wildheartrocks

@WraithofKhan I'd also recommend Kate bush and Florence and the machine

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