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)
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 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)