Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids


AC/DC

Every single that AC/DC has ever recorded was about sex, guns or drinking. It's true. I can't rightfully think of one song that's not about any of those in some form or fashion. Which isn't bad, really. You will like their Back In Black playlist, though you may need to Google some of the lyrics.

Apparently a girl's "motor" is her vagina, and the girl in "You Shook Me All Night Long" kept hers clean, though she was in fact a prostitute. (Would it weird you out if I told you that when your mom was a bartender on Sixth Street in college in the '90s, she made a lot of money when that song was playing?)

(See also: Guns 'N Roses, Thin Lizzy, Foo Fighters)


Pink Floyd

You remember that music your parents or teachers would play when you were really little to make you nap or go to bed for the night? Pink Floyd's entire career was that, but with a few songs about politics and animals.

You've heard "Another Brick In The Wall" at least a dozen times, and may not even know it. The "Hey Teacher!" song on the Arrow while you were waiting for mom's oil to get changed? That's Pink Floyd. No one in the band is named Pink or Floyd, by the way.

(See also: Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, cough syrup)


The Eagles

Kings of Leon are sorta like the Eagles but for today. The Eagles sang a lot of songs about breezes, dating crazy chicks, and generally having mellow times and wearing jeans. It's kinda boring sometimes, but the songs with Joe Walsh were fun.

(See also: Jackson Browne, Steely Dan)



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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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