134 replies on “Keeping Time”

  1. i didn’t get it till i played the .mid that someone uploaded. embedding a rickroll in an image was very surprising.

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  2. Where is the .mid? but you already let the Cat out of the bag; now no 1 gets r*** r****d

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  3. “Charles Schulz was Lisztrolling you all by way of Schroeder years before I was born.”
    Great Moments in Trolling: Brahms gets Lisztrolled. A few copies of sheet music surreptitiously inserted in the local paper.

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  4. Me (ex-marching band kid) reading this comic:

    – Teehee, funny, I also sometimes catch myself walking in rythm to music at malls.
    *Checks hover text*
    – Wow, he even got it correct with the left foot first.
    – I wonder what tune that is, it doesn’t look like a march. It’s too syncopated.
    *Hums rythm inside head*
    – Where oh where have I heard that rythm before? That detail at the end of the second measure looks familiar…
    *Realization strikes*
    – OH MY GOD!

    Now I’ll have that tune in my brain for the rest of the day.

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  5. I wouldn’t have recognized it even from listening to the song, unless I had read the blog first, which I did. But you, sir, are the master of pwning.

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  6. I don’t get it either. Sounds a bit like it could be the title music of something from TV (which I don’t recognize). I’d like to know what tune that is anyway 🙂

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  7. Ha, that’s so awesome. Especially when my brain had that moment of “noo … it sounds like it, but it couldn’t be … noo … “. Oh yes, my little neurons. Syncopated. Or perhaps synchpastleyation. Or perhaps, … no. Let’s just leave that there …

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  8. I know of the phenomenon of rick-rolling only second-hand and am unfamiliar with the song involved so I wouldn’t have gotten it.

    But, being at work where I do not have my piano, I was attempting to sing it in my head trying to figure out what it was. I’ve never been good at mental chords though. My mind is like one of those stupid keyboards that can only play one note at a time.

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  9. For those who do not get it:

    You can do the standard seach on the meaning of “Rickroll’D” as well.

    That said, this is one of the times that I really wish I knew how to read music. I missed out on the hilarious undertone of the comic 😦

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  10. The thing that makes this so hilarious is how true it is. I had to stop laughing so I could send it to my girlfriend and a bunch of other friends all who are or were in band.

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  11. I can’t even listen to the piece!

    I’m on Linux, and I’m listening to a WM stream right now, but I can’t download your mp3!

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  12. I’d only heard of rickrolling before this, so although I recognized the song, I didn’t catch its significance until I read the forum convos.

    Genius. I think I fancrush on you now even more than before, Randall.

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  13. I do believe that this is the first time I’ve *ever* found a rickrolling funny in the least. Well played, sir!

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  14. When I first read the comic, I initially, to use the vernacular, Laughed Out Loud. But when I saw this blag post, I was insensible for a good 20 seconds. You are forgiven for the fruits.

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  15. You know, some marching bands/drum corps do lead with their right. Not many, but some. In DCI, the Cadets are a good example of this.

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  16. Now I need to memorize what that sequence of notes looks like, so you’ll never be able to do that again. 😀

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  17. OMG, so many references involved in today’s comic! My head is gonna blow! Marching bands, left foot, rickrolling! How the hell can you get to put all that freaking stuff together? I just don’t understand, you are amazing!

    For those who don’t get it: Rickrolling – To make an internet surfer watch-hear-listen to the Rick Astley song ‘Never gonna give you up’. Freaky, huh?

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  18. That was both horrifyingly accurate (I myself, actually stumble when they do that in stores) and hilariously true. I hadn’t even heard of rickrolling, and when i tried the “mental playback,” all I could come up with was a seciton of Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo or John Williams’ Cowboys. I, too, have a problem hearing chords in my head.

    But I have to disagree with Dave. DCI is the epitome of band-nerdness, and should be respected as such. Not to mention that the Cadets are freaking sweet.

    Annnnnd you’ve just made the rounds through the *uber* band nerds- the band sorority and fraternity kids, who will identify most closely.

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  19. In the past few months, I’ve been trying to do triplets over the music with my steps. If the music jiggered, I’m pretty sure I’d run into something/fall over into something else.

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  20. FLAWLESS VICTORY

    I don’t know if I’ve ever been rickrolled so hard before. You hate us, don’t you, Mr. Munroe?

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  21. Being in Marching Band, this caused me to crack up laughing.

    You are forgiven for the fruit.
    But I do love grapefruit.

    <_<

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  22. The comic was pretty funny by itself, but learning the truth…
    How can you manage to take something as stupid as Rickrolling, and make it look smart and educated?

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  23. Excellent. Well played. And yeah well, fuck grapefruit. At least that’s what my kids would say to me if I tried to give them one. Well they would if they could get away with the f word.

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  24. As a marching band kid and huge band geek, this is one of the funniest comics I’ve ever seen. My bf even called me at six in the morning to make me read it. I would trip. I get confused when they switch songs and they have a different tempo. And I start on my left foot. Always. (That detail killed me. So true.)

    This is also similar to my bf’s frustrating tendency to either pause or skip forward/back on the song I’m singing along to while I drive. It completely throws me for a loop. If he did that while I was walking, I would probably trip.

    And I’m printing the comic to show in my band class tomorrow. 😀

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  25. The worst part about this is I’ve been in high school, college, and DCI drumlines (Snare) for almost 8 years now. Other than The Cadets (who start on the right foot), this is sadly true point-for-point. I and my other band-geek friends do find ourselves accidentally marking time to whatever muzak is playing (only when walking, though, we don’t do it in place. :P)

    Worst part is, even though I suck at anything but rhythms in music, I still was able to immediately identify that you, sir, have successfully and originally Rick Rolled me. Well played, Not-So-Anon, well played.

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  26. Oh my god. I can’t believe I just got rickrolled. I’m putting this in the rickrolling hall of fame.

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  27. Well, I wasn’t keeping up. I thought it was Madonna’s Material Girl. But I hate you just as much for the Rick Astley, so it all evens out.

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  28. Okay, I thought this was funny when it was just a quick jab at band nerds, but rickrolling all of the people who read the strip and who’d try to re-create the music was a masterstroke, man. Sheer genius. You really know your audience.

    I like the cut of your jib, sir, to use the parlance of our times.

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  29. You, sir, are my personal deity. You make my world go round, my heart quiver, and my veins explode.

    Maybe not the last two. But you certainly rock my world.

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  30. You know you’re looking at something epic when you get rick roll’d with musical notes. This has to be one of the best comics ever.

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  31. Rickrolling aside (since I’m not too thoroughly filled-in with that particular internet thing), this comic made me laugh SO HARD. I think harder than anything else on the internet has ever made me laugh. I’m printing it out and showing it off tomorrow. I am thoroughly guilty of everything in this comic.

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  32. Someone should take control of a store’s sound system so it only plays Rick Astley. That way it’s playing when it gets on the news.

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  33. You have no idea the laughter that ensued when I showed this to the saxophone section in my marching band. We all walk through the mall together and realize we’re all in step, perfectly, marching to the rhythm of the music. We’ve all stumbled.

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