Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids


Kiss

These guys look like they should have hosted a Saturday morning kid's show. They wear tall boots, makeup, and the bassist guy with the long tongue spits blood and breathes fire. If you like Lady Gaga but you don't like all the girl-power junk, boy, will you like Kiss. It's like anime or something.

(See also: The New York Dolls, Twisted Sister)


Bruce Springsteen

If your grandpa was all fit and handsome and wore tight jeans and sang a lot about America, he would be Bruce Springsteen. I'm not sure why they call him The Boss, other than the fact that he has a huge band and yells at them to play louder all of the time.

(See also: Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger)


Rush

What you will find great about Rush is that they make really complicated music with just three dudes. You would think seven guys were onstage. A bassist who plays like a lead guitarist, so they really have two lead guitarists, plus a drummer with a thousand-piece drum kit. If you get into them now, chances are you will never ever get out of them.

(See also: Dream Theater)



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12 comments
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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