0274: "With Apologies to The Who"

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0274: "With Apologies to The Who"

Postby Ogre » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:07 am UTC

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Alt text: Trivia: Roger Daltry originally wrote 'Don't try an' Digg what we all say' but erased the second 'g' when he moved to reddit.


Not to nitpick, but Pete Townshend wrote My Generation, and most of The Who's songs. Also I hear he's more of a Fark guy.
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Postby mikesty » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:09 am UTC

Absolutely hilarious.

But why ain't this on the main XKCD page yet?
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:10 am UTC

It's shown in the archives, oddly enough.
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Postby Ogre » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:11 am UTC

It's in the RSS feed, that's how I got it. News to me it wasn't on the main page yet :)

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:12 am UTC

SLAPPY: Skippy, what is the name of that group playing on stage?

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the group.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The group on stage.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The group playing on stage.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: You're starting to sound like an owl, Skippy.

SKIPPY: Who is on stage!

SLAPPY: That is what I'm askin' ya', who is on stage?

SKIPPY: That's what I said.

SLAPPY: You said who?

SKIPPY: I sure did.

SLAPPY: So tell me the name.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the group.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The group on stage.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the band on stage!

SKIPPY: Who!

SLAPPY: You're doing that owl thing again, Skippy!

SKIPPY: I'm not, Aunt Slappy, I'm telling you Who is on stage.

SLAPPY: So tell me.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: So tell me.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the group.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The group on stage!

SKIPPY: Who!

SLAPPY: That's what I'm asking you!

SKIPPY: And I'm telling you the answer.

SLAPPY: Wait, Skippy, let's start over. Is there a band on stage?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Does the band have a name?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Do you know the name of the band?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Then tell me the name of the band on stage.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the band!

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The band, playing on stage!

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: That's what I want to know!

SKIPPY: I'm telling you!

SLAPPY: Who is on stage.

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Who is?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Oh. So the name of the band is Yes.

SKIPPY: No, Aunt Slappy, Yes is not even at this concert.

SLAPPY: Then who is on stage?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: Who is?

SKIPPY: Yes.

SLAPPY: That's just what I said, Yes is on stage.

SKIPPY: No, Yes is not here. Who is on stage.

SLAPPY: Whaddya askin' me for?

SKIPPY: I'm not!

SLAPPY: Wait, let's try this again. Do you see the band on stage?

SKIPPY: No I don't see The Band, that's a different group entirely.

SLAPPY: On stage, Skippy. Look, see the band?

SKIPPY: No I don't.

SLAPPY: Get rid of those John Lennon glasses and look! There, there's the band!

SKIPPY: No, that's not The Band. The Band is performing later on. Who's on stage.

SLAPPY: You tell me.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the group on stage.

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The name of the group!

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The group on stage!

SKIPPY: Who.

SLAPPY: The band!

SKIPPY: No, The Band is performing later. Right now, we're listening to Who.

SLAPPY: That's what I wanna know!!

(Cheers and applause from the crowd)

ROGER DALTRY: Hey, you squirrels are funny, man. Come on up here and take a bow.

SKIPPY: Yeah! Far out!

SLAPPY: Oh brother...

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Postby Taedirk » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:15 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:SLAPPY: Skippy, what is the name of that group playing on stage?

SKIPPY: Who.

Further proof that Abbot and Costello + Animaniacs = Comedy Gold. Too bad nobody airs Animaniacs anymore. Cause, y'know, I'd watch it...

EDIT: Also, huzzah for the RSS feed.
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Postby kertrats » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:15 am UTC

So how long til this cover becomes reality?

And how long after that before someone makes a custom Guitar Hero II track for it, with wild flailing for 30 seconds to be an asshole.

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Postby skyo » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Huzzah for people who read the RSS feed for posting it in the forums so non-RSSers like me could get it without waiting for the front page to update ;-)

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Postby DonChubby » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:26 am UTC

On the topic of Guitar Hero - What's up with that game?
Everybody seems to love it, and I simply fail to see what's so appealing about it.
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Postby kertrats » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:36 am UTC

DonChubby wrote:On the topic of Guitar Hero - What's up with that game?
Everybody seems to love it, and I simply fail to see what's so appealing about it.


Once you get out of the abstraction of Easy and Medium and into the relatively realistic-feeling Hard mode, and the note-for-note charts in Expert, it becomes a lot more interesting.

If you've seen Expert (watch a Jordan or Hangar 18 FC video sometime for some of the most difficult segments in the game) and still aren't interested, then there's not much that can be done; maybe you just don't like music games? What are your opinions of DDR et al?

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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:37 am UTC

DonChubby wrote:On the topic of Guitar Hero - What's up with that game?
Everybody seems to love it, and I simply fail to see what's so appealing about it.


*cough*

The Who is on my list of bands that I should probably listen to a little more than I do.
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Postby Kaye » Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:51 am UTC

I'm really appreciating the Stranger in a Strange Land reference here.

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Postby Uthor » Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:36 am UTC

Taedirk wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:SLAPPY: Skippy, what is the name of that group playing on stage?

SKIPPY: Who.

Further proof that Abbot and Costello + Animaniacs = Comedy Gold. Too bad nobody airs Animaniacs anymore. Cause, y'know, I'd watch it...


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Postby BlochWave » Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:32 am UTC

Everybody seems to love it, and I simply fail to see what's so appealing about it.


The vital VITAL question is, do you fail to SEE the appeal in it from a distance, or have you actually played the game and failed to experience the appeal firsthand?

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Postby Foone » Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:39 am UTC

Kaye wrote:I'm really appreciating the Stranger in a Strange Land reference here.


Heh. I had to go back to the comic and reread it a third time to see the reference. (And I've got that book on my shelf!)
I parsed "grok" so easily I didn't even think it's a reference to anything

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Re: "With Apologies to The Who" Discussion

Postby KingAl » Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:40 am UTC

Ogre wrote:Alt text: Trivia: Roger Daltry originally wrote 'Don't try an' Digg what we all say' but erased the second 'g' when he moved to reddit.


Not to nitpick, but Pete Townshend wrote My Generation, and most of The Who's songs. Also I hear he's more of a Fark guy.


A more pertinent nitpick would be that his name is actually Daltrey ;)

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Postby Beckboy » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:21 am UTC

Foone wrote:
Kaye wrote:I'm really appreciating the Stranger in a Strange Land reference here.


Heh. I had to go back to the comic and reread it a third time to see the reference. (And I've got that book on my shelf!)
I parsed "grok" so easily I didn't even think it's a reference to anything


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a more pertient phrase would be that you grok grok so easily I didn't even think it's a reference to anything
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Postby marnanel » Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:30 am UTC

Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:37 am UTC

Taedirk wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:SLAPPY: Skippy, what is the name of that group playing on stage?

SKIPPY: Who.

Further proof that Abbot and Costello + Animaniacs = Comedy Gold. Too bad nobody airs Animaniacs anymore. Cause, y'know, I'd watch it...


As would I. That was one of my favorite episodes. The original sketch by Abbott & Costello is still just as funny as ever. Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Burns & Allen, etc. = major comedy pwn4ge.

Whenever I can catch them, I listen to them on the Old-Time Radio Classics channel on XM. There was one episode they played dealing with Costello learning how to swim that was very funny.

I showed the original A&C clip to my ex-roommate and her little brother one time, when we were exchanging some rather lewd and crude jokes. I told him that sometimes old comedy is better. I played them the clip to prove my point. He loved it more than anything else.

Note to self: Buy Animaniacs DVDs soon...
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Postby OneLess » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:29 pm UTC

marnanel wrote:Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(

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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:40 pm UTC

marnanel wrote:Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(


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Postby Hawknc » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:42 pm UTC

OneLess wrote:
marnanel wrote:Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(

Jesus weeps

I think Jesus was a guy sometime in the last two thousand years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:44 pm UTC

marnanel wrote:Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(


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Oh, you poor, poor thing. How sheltered you must have been.

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Here you go...a nice little video collection of The Who. Entertain and edjumacate yourself.
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Postby Froodulous » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:47 pm UTC

I was listening to the Who when I clicked onto XKCD today (unfortunately not My Generation).

Was slightly creepy.

And as I type this, they've just come on again (828 songs on shuffle).

Weird.

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Postby GBog » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:55 pm UTC

Good one, nice to know that Randall also is a Who-fan.

But as Ogre pointed out already, Pete Townshend did the writing, Daltrey only sang and played the harmonica from time to time. And swung the microphone.

PS. Yes, Daltrey wrote 'See My Way', but I prefer to pretend that that song doesn't exist.
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Postby Gilly » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:05 pm UTC

This is somewhat relevant =].
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Postby JVM » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:20 pm UTC

Gilly wrote:This is somewhat relevant =].


Thanks, I wondered when someone was going to mention them.

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Postby Tractor » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:27 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:
OneLess wrote:
marnanel wrote:Ha, often I'm the one who understands xkcd more than people around me, and today I have no idea. I think the Who were a rock band sometime in the last forty years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(

Jesus weeps

I think Jesus was a guy sometime in the last two thousand years, and beyond that I have no clue. :(


Yeah, but dude listened to The Who. While curing lepers.
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Postby fritzs » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:52 pm UTC

Please, no one ever actually produce this song. Especially if you're good. I would die a little inside.

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Postby ERTW » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:58 pm UTC

Shouldn't the last line be "I'm just blaggin' bout my generation"?

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Postby UltramaticOrange » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:12 pm UTC

clofresh wrote:Haha, Frets on Fire! :P


My thoughts exactly.
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You're no Pete Townshend!

Postby Johnny Vector » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:48 pm UTC

Where's the windmill keyboard-typing in panel 3??? No windmill makes baby Townshend cry!

And as for Abott and Costello ripoffs, you want Harry Shearer's version. This used to be an MP3, but now it required about 17 million serial updates to Real Audio Player, and the sound is what you'd expect for 16kbps, but it's still one of the funniest bits I've heard.

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Postby McLurker » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:51 pm UTC

I like the Ted Stevens reference.

YOU block the Tubes sounds like a T-shirt slogan or bumper sticker in the making. Or just a new form of insult to use in online discussion.

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Postby DeadCatX2 » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:57 pm UTC

I love this comic. If I were a woman, I would want Randall's babies. All 13256278887989457651018865901401704640 of them.

Kaye wrote:I parsed "grok" so easily I didn't even think it's a reference to anything


...grok is a reference to something? No way.

It's not fair to make an obscure reference using an obscure geek word...geeks who know the obscure word will then refrain from seeking out what would normally be a plain old obscure reference...

Looking up Stranger in a Strange Land seems to indicate that the book does indeed have the potential to be cool.

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Postby gmalivuk » Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:01 pm UTC

It's...uhh...not actually that good.
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Postby Sprocket » Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:26 pm UTC

Classic.

The comic and the Animaniac's bit.

ERTW wrote:Shouldn't the last line be "I'm just blaggin' bout my generation"?

blogging rhymes with talking better, and the universal term is blog.

I do agree though it's not brilliant, just classic.
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Frets on Fire

Postby Netsnipe » Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:32 pm UTC

By the way does anyone have any of The Who's songs on Frets on Fire? I haven't actually seen any yet.

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Postby marnanel » Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:38 pm UTC

DeadCatX2 wrote:...grok is a reference to something? No way.

It's not fair to make an obscure reference using an obscure geek word...geeks who know the obscure word will then refrain from seeking out what would normally be a plain old
obscure reference...

Looking up Stranger in a Strange Land seems to indicate that the book does indeed have the potential to be cool.


"grok" was first used in SASL-- hence the poster above thought that the mere use of the word was a SASL reference. But it has since passed into the geek lexicon, even for
people who've never heard of SASL like you. So perhaps it wasn't really a reference as such at all.

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Postby aceofspades » Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:18 pm UTC

I feel I should point out that 'My Generation' isn't even one of their better songs. It would be cooler if he started with that improvised synthesizer solo like in the beginning of 'Won't Get Fooled Again'. And I agree that the Stranger reference really makes this one a winner. Plus, Stranger and the Who are actually pretty close chronologically.


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