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The title text refers to the {{w|Pachelbel's Canon}} and all that modern interpretations shown up on {{w|YouTube}}. Younger people need to support talented musicians from their own generation.
 
The title text refers to the {{w|Pachelbel's Canon}} and all that modern interpretations shown up on {{w|YouTube}}. Younger people need to support talented musicians from their own generation.
  
The title of this comic refers also to {{w|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 like this:
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The title of this comic refers also to {{w|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 like following but not limited to:
 
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*{{w|The Who}}
 
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Classic
Someone get that Pachelbel's Canon kid a recording contract, stat.
Title text: Someone get that Pachelbel's Canon kid a recording contract, stat.

Explanation

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 like following but not limited to:

Transcript

[Cueball is sitting in front of a turntable, listening to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.]
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
Cueball: Man. The Baby Boomers are kicking our ASSES.
Cueball: We need to get it together, guys.


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Discussion

162.158.159.28 05:37, 10 November 2019 (UTC)ok boomer

Looks very much like a turntable and speaker to me. 173.245.54.45 (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 108.162.219.188 11:52, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

The real question is if Randall is a defener(TM) or not. --108.162.231.219 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 108.162.219.223 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 ^ 108.162.249.205 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. 108.162.219.55 (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. 108.162.245.69 02:38, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Pachelbel Kid

By "Pachelbel kid", isn't he maybe referring to the guy in the famous "Pachelbel Rant" video from 2006?, implying that in the current generation there are also people that show actual musical talent?--198.41.243.75 19:10, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

I have no idea. I rewrote that section because the previous version didn't make any sense, but I haven't linked to that video because I don't know how that fits into the joke and what he's referring to. Was the video spiking in popularity when the comic came out? Is it a well-known meme that an internetter of the mid '00s would have recognised? I don't know so I didn't include that when I edited it, but there's scope for someone to do that if it makes sense. for that to be Randall's joke. 108.162.249.155 03:09, 14 March 2016 (UTC)
It's almost certainly a very straightforward reference either to funtwo (AKA Lim Jeong-hyun), who performed the song "Pachelbel Rock" in a YouTube video that went viral in 2006-2007, or perhaps to JerryC, the original composer of the song, both of whom were in their 20s in 2007.108.162.219.148 21:24, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

Classical music isn't "a type of music"; the term didn't even exist back then. It was invented to differentiate it from music that wasn't written in what was considered the "classical style" with rebuttals and mathematical meter and tonal harmony, etc. Back then you were just playing/writing music, which could be described as an arpeggio, or a sonata, or a symphony, opera, etc. "Classic" may be related, but not directly, and it has nothing to do with the number of famous performers, but the style and mode of music itself.108.162.218.118 06:59, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Jimi Hendrix all the Way! Happy Birthday! -- Int (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I can't bear to let this go unchallenged: "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." This is, to anyone with musical knowledge, completely and obviously untrue. "Stairway" descends chromatically in A minor, and "Whiter Shade of Pale", while it is obviously based on music of a similar type to Pachelbel's canon (baroque) is universally acknowledged to resemble Bach, and specifically BWV 156. The structure of neither song resembles Pachelbel's Canon. AmbroseChapel (talk) 06:49, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Jimmy Page, the guitarist in and co-author of the song, isn't a baby-boomer, for what it's worth. 172.68.143.240 04:10, 5 September 2018 (UTC)