August 7, 2009

What Are Your Kids Listening To?


Not all of us that read here are parents, and those of us who are have kids ranging from infants on up to 30! I am curious what kind of music your children listen to. I know there is a future rock star out there, Hudson Barry, remember the name. He's only 3 but he's already a Zeppelin fan.  I also know of a very young lady who's father is already teaching her about great music, I don't think she can even roll over or sit up yet.

My son's taste in music is deplorable. I can't even tell you the names of most of the "music" he listens to, its loud and has the "F" word littered throughout. I took him to his first Springsteen concert at age 9 but it didn't work (although he was thrilled that Bruce played "Murder Incorporated" because any song about violence is good with him).

There is hope because mixed in with the Hip Hop "music" he likes are a few good bands like Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and The Killers.

So - what does your child(ren) listen to?

20 comments:

musicobsessive said...

I've been trying to educate my daughter, now aged 9 but the Beatles bore her rigid, yet she does like Keane and Crowded House so she has an ear for melody. Go figure! I've given up with classic rock - perhaps it's a teenage thing?

At the moment we are both enjoying Lady Gaga, Ting Tings and Bat for Lashes following Glastobury which she tunes in and out of depending on whether the computer calls (and there lies the ultimate truth for her generation).

Charlie said...

My adult daughter was always into the the mainstream acts while growing up. She loved Natalie Imbruglia, Matchbox 20, U2, Goo Goo Dolls, and her favorite was Savage Garden. She liked modern rock too and I managed to get her into the Beatles who are currently all over her ipod.

I am surprised about the number of young people who like classic rock. I believe that is because too much of the modern stuff is depressing. Most modern rock is about rebellion and alienation with too many "whoa is me lyrics." Of course, classic rock had some of that too, but it also had a lot more. How many modern songs have lyrics as intelligent as "Eleanor Rigby," or lyrics like Dylan wrote, or likes like Paul Simon wrote.

Mike said...

My son loves KISS!

He is 14 and plays piano and drums and just cant get enough of classic rock.

Also loves.

alice cooper, The Who, Zep, Beatles, and tolerates my Black Crowes and Gov't Mule.

Good kid huh! :-)

OldRockr1 said...

My daughter (19) is a fan of Broadway. Not my cup of tea. My son (15) is much more musically adventurous and he runs the musical gammut from metal to Tommy Emmanuel (he plays guitar). We started going to shows together a few years back, its kind of our version of the ballgame.

Great blog by the way.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Martin, she's doing good so far! I think its sweet that you you listen together :)

Charlie, Yes modern stuff is kind of tedious with the themes...at least in classic rock there is more variety. I love it when I see young people listening to or talking about Pink Floyd or other great bands.

Mike, your boy is another one that makes me proud of his generation! But with you as a dad, how can he go wrong. That kid has seen some great shows. I think live music really makes a difference.

Oldrocker, that is so cool that you and your son go to shows! Like I said above to Mike, I think seeing live music gives a whole new and deeper appreciation. Thanks for the nice words too :)

Bond said...

My 22 year old also listens to rap (ugh) in all forms, BUT, you will then hear Jimi and Led Zep and the Allmans (Hey some osmosis had to work!) and other classic rock, so I guess I won 50% of the battle!

drewzepmeister said...

Thanks to Guitar Hero, my 12 year old likes most of the stuff I get into. His tastes learn more towards the likes of Metallica, Systems of a Down, and Disturbed.

Rhodeislandrock said...

I have an 11 yr old daughter and a 6 yr old daughter. Since they were born I have tried to brainwash them with KISS music and merchandise. Even though they know their KISStory, fate takes a hand and they find their kind of music.

My oldest daughter is a huge Twisted Sister fan.....through the 'I Wanna Rock' Spongebob tune titled 'Goofy Goober Rock'. Now she can sing word for word STAY HUNGRY & LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS along with some of the other big tunes on the other few records. I am taking her to see the band live on 9/12 in Plymouth, MA.

She has also started to raid my CD collection to sample different bands. AC/DC has become her second favorite band and she walks around the house with her Ipod on singing the entire BACK IN BLACK album. Other bands in her Ipod besides TS, AC/DC & KISS -- GnR, Van Halen, Queen, Motorhead, Saxon, Scorpions, Alice Cooper and Autograph. It's fun to see CDs missing from my cases and finding them in her room with a list of songs & albums for me to load into her Itunes.

My youngest follows what her sister does and she enjoys songs like TNT, School's Out, and Rock And Roll All Nite.

Steve
Heavy Metal Addiction
http://heavymetaladdiction.com

Starrlight said...

I took the cop out way and cut and pasted from my kids My Space. This is what my 14 going on 30 year old listens too.


+44
.38 Special
2Pac
3OH!3
ABC
AC/DC
Ace Of Base
Adam Ant
Afrika Bambaataa
Aimee Mann
Alice Cooper
Alice In Chains
All Time Low
Angels And Airwaves
Anthrax
Anti-Flag
Aphex Twin
Architecture In Helsinki
B-52's
Bad Religion
Barenaked Ladies
Bauhaus
Beastie Boys
Beck
Belly
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Sabbath
Blind Melon
Blink 182
Blondie
Bloodhound Gang
Blur
Bootsy Collins
Breeders
Brian Eno
Butthole Surfers
Cake
Campervan Beethoven
Charlatans UK
Cheap Trick
Chemical Brothers
Chumbawamba
Cobra Starship
Coolio
Cracker
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crowded House
Cute Is What We Aim For
Cypress Hill
Daft Punk
Daniel Ash
Danny Elfman
David Bowie
Dead Boys
Dead Kennedys
Death Cab For Cutie
Deee-lite
Def Leppard
Deftones
Delerium
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dinosaur Jr
Disturbed
Dropkick Murphys
Duran Duran
Echo And The Bunnymen
Elastica
Elvis Costello
EMF
English Beat
Enigma
Erasure
Escape The Fate
Eve 6
Fatboy Slim
Fields Of Nephilim
Fine Young Cannibals
Flaming Lips
Flogging Molly
Foo Fighters
Forever The Sickest Kids
Fountains of Wayne
Foxboro Hot Tubs
Funkadelic
Garbage
Gary Glitter
Gary Numan
General Public
George Clinton
George Michael
Godsmack
Gorillaz
Green Day
Guns And Roses
Happy Mondays
Harvey Danger
Heart Attacks
Hole
House Of Pain
Human League
INXS
Icicle Works
Iggy Pop
James
Jane's Addiction
Jawbreaker
Jesus & Mary Chain
Jesus Jones
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Strummer
Joy Division
Judas Priest
KMFDM
Kansas
Kanye West
Katy Perry
Kid Rock
Korn
L7
Lady GaGa
Lightning Seeds
Live
Local H
Lords Of Acid
Lou Reed
Love And Rockets
M.I.A.
Madness
Marilyn Manson
Matthew Sweet
Mazzy Star
Meat Puppets
Meatloaf
Men Without Hats
Metallica
Metro Station
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Mika
Ministry
Modest Mouse
Moldy Peaches
Morrissey
Motörhead
Mott The Hoople
Mudhoney
Muse
Mutemath
New Order
New York Dolls
Nine Inch Nails
Nirvana
NoFX
Oasis
Oingo Boingo
Operation Ivy
Ozzy Osbourne
Parliament
Pearl Jam
Pennywise
Peter Gabriel
Pink Floyd
Placebo
Pogues
Powerman 5000
Presidents Of The United States Of America
Primus
Prince
Queen
Quiet Riot
R.E.M.
Rammstein
Ramones
Rancid
Ratt
Reel Big Fish
Richard Cheese
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Rob Zombie
Roxy Music
Run DMC
Rush
Scorpions
Sex Pistols
Shake Society
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Slade
Smash Mouth
Snow Patrol
Social Distortion
Sparks
Spice Girls
Stereo MC's
Stiff Little Fingers
Styx
Sublime
Suicidal Tendencies
Surf Punks
Sweet
T-Rex
Tears For Fears
Television
Tenacious D
The Academy Is...
The Beat
The Beatles
The Cars
The Church
The Clash
The Cult
The Cure
The Damned
The Dandy Warhols
The Dead Milkmen
The Decemberists
The Doors
The Eagles
The Jam
The Kinks
The Lemonheads
The Mighty Lemon Drops
The Offspring
The Posies
The Pretenders
The Psychedelic Furs
The Replacements
The Shins
The Sisters of Mercy
The Smiths
The Specials
The Stooges
The Strokes
The The
The Velvet Underground
The Verve
The Who
They Might Be Giants
Thompson Twins
Time Zone
Toad The Wet Sprocket
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tones On Tails
Transplants
Tupac
Type O Negative
U2
Van Halen
Violent Femmes
Weezer
White Zombie
ZZ Top
Zebrahead

The Rock Brigade Blogger said...

My kids are still young (6 and 4) so they are still under the influence (brainwashing) of their father. So for now they are definite rock and rollers and can sing the words to many classics. We’ll see what happens when they get older. However, being a teacher for over a decade now I have worked with many teenagers. There is always a large group of kids who love rock and roll including classic rock (which now is up to and including the 80’s or later – yikes). There is always the hip hop crowd too, but rock and roll will never die!! lol

http://the-brigade.blogspot.com/

Sean Coleman said...

My little guy will be 3 in November. Sublime, Foo Fighters, Neil Finn and Peter Gabriel are his absolute favorites right now.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Bond, good there's hope for my son!

Drew, I guess that's the positive side of video games.

Steven, love it!!! Sounds like they take after their daddy.

Ok, Starr, show-off!! :)

Rock Brigade, keep up the good work!

Sean, I knew your little guy was another very young rocker! That is so cool!!!

Starrlight said...

I can't help it if my Kidlet ownz =) Teens are capable of liking any and all music, if you just give them the chance to. Age should not limit what music you like. This goes for all of those who have written off "modern rock" as well. It ain't the music, it's your mindset ;)

Rap Music said...

I dont have kids but if I did I'd let them listen to whatever they wanted.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Starr, you know I was teasin about you being a show off. I think you and Kidlet have excellent taste and you know I am into modern rock too!

Rap, that's wise. I think its good to let a kid choose their own style of music. I try to influence my son (mostly for the fun of it) but the bottom line is we each have individual taste and that's what makes the world an interesting place.

Guitarman5150 said...

I dunno what my son is gonna end up listening to, I told him I was going to see Sammy's new band Chickenfoot and he got upset because he wanted to go to and had a fit because he couldn't get here to go.

I kinda brainwashed him into the Sammy Hagar thing........ not on purpose it just was what I was listening to at the time and he fell in love with it. Now anytime I mention it he goes nuts. He really wants to go to that show to. I told him I might not be able to get tickets, because when I told him I didn't think I was. Well turns out I only got one, so I'm keeping my mouth SHUT!! Him just turning 7 would have a fit if he found out.

Starrlight said...

Guitarman, you are totally bogarting the Hagar. That's cold!

Anonymous said...

im a 13 year old girl and my favorite bands right now are: led zeppelin, aerosmith, rolling stones, van halen,the doors, guns and roses, ac/dc, pink floyd, cream, eric clapton, david bowie, queen, heart, the clash, the who, zz top, gary moore, jimi hendrix, REM, nirvana, CCR, janis joplin, patti smith, pat benetar, janes addiction, velvet revolver, muddy waters, howlin wolf, john lee hooker and a whole lot more. most of my friends listen to lil wayne, tayler swift flo rida and lady gaga and a lot of others that i dont know the names of. but i have other friends who listen to some classic rock but they mostly stick to zeppelin, journey, aerosmith, the beatles, metalica, and hendrix. now that rock band and guitar hero is out alot of people at my school are learning better music, so maybe there is hope.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon 13 year old girl - YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!! Thanks so much for sharing that :)

happy hippy chick said...

i HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A SON (15- ALMOST 16) WHO LOVES ALL KINDS OF MUSIC. HIS TASTE IS MORE ON THE MEAVY METAL SIDE RECENTLY. BUT HE ALSO LIKES GROUPS AND BANDS LIKE KISS, GUNS AND ROSES, JIMMY HENDRIX, ALICE IN CHAINS, LINCOLN PARK, MICHAEL JACKSON, QUEEN. AND OF COURSE ALL OF THE STUFF I GREW UP LISTENING TOO. I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD BROADEN HORIZONS, ITS OK TO "LOVE" A ERA OF MUSIC BUT YOU SHOULD BRANCH OUT AND TRY OTHER GENRES OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS INSTEAD OF "BEING STUCK"

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