Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Cueball listens to the song "Stairway to Heaven" performed by Led Zeppelin using an old phonograph. After the song fades out to the end he is impressed and states that modern music is far away from that Baby Boomer generation publications.
The title text refers to the Pachelbel's Canon and all that modern interpretations shown up on YouTube. Younger people need to support talented musicians from their own generation.
The title of this comic refers also to Classical music, artworks still remembered after hundreds years after the creation. Modern music will be forgotten after a few years. But the "Baby Boomer generation" did create many still today well known musicians including but not limited to:
- [Cueball is sitting in front of a turntable, listening to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. A guitarist (possibly meant to be Jimmy Page) can be seen in an inset in the top left corner of the first two panels.]
- Song: And as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our soul
- Song: When all is one and one is all, to be a rock and not to rooooll
- Song [fading away]: And she's buying a stairway to Heaven
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- Cueball: Man. The Baby Boomers are kicking our ASSES.
- Cueball: We need to get it together, guys.
Looks very much like a turntable and speaker to me. 22.214.171.124 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
My guess is it's a sarcastic reference to how many songs heavily borrow from Pachelbel's canon in D. In Stairway the clean arpeggiated beginning of the song and the solo around the referenced part of the song, IIRC, as well as Procul Harem's Whiter Shade of Pale are variations on the work, in different keys. The listener knows this but doesn't know Pachelbel's long dead. Just my 2c. If I was certain I'd change the page. If you're convinced please do so. Steve T 126.96.36.199 11:52, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
The real question is if Randall is a defener(TM) or not. --188.8.131.52 15:48, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
It looks a little like a turntable and speaker to me; if that's what it is supposed to be, I hope that Randall would have made it look more like that. But my only other idea is an iPhone/iPod in a dock, and that argument has a hard time convincing even me. I also think that the title text is a straightforward reference to the talented Lim Jeong-hyun, whom Randall is saying should be supported and encouraged towards greatness. StephenP 184.108.40.206 21:08, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
I don't think having only one explanation is necessary. The comic really could be interpreted either way; there is no "right" way to interpret it. As long as it's clear that they're two different intepretations, it's better to have all the detail and let the reader decide. Can we remove the incomplete? LogicalOxymoron (talk) 19:21, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
I agree with ^ 220.127.116.11 01:19, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
I disagree; the two explanations aren't really distinct enough to warrant an alternative, and should be combined into one. The point, as I see it, is that baby boomer music is better in many ways - not just lyrically. It's just not a complicated or ambiguous comic to confuse readers with a second explain. 18.104.22.168 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Changed the bracketed part in the transcript - the guitarist for Led Zeppelin is Jimmy Page, not Robert Plant. Robert Plant is the vocalist though. 22.214.171.124
02:38, 7 October 2014 (UTC)