May 19, 2008

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D DONE EVERY STUPID THING TO DO THERE WAS IN COLLEGE...:

The dark side of Oz: people who listen to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz claim there's a phenomenal synchronicity between them. Cool. But does it mean anything? The author tests the proposition. (Jim Windolf, 01-DEC-07, W)

Sometime after the invention of home video, the "dark side of the rainbow" effect was born. While watching The Wizard of Oz with the sound turned off, certain people--very likely stoners--first listened to the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, being careful to push "play" at the third roar of the MGM lion. The results were astonishing. "It's as if the movie were one long art-film video for the album," wrote Charles Savage of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, who in 1995 became the first mainstream reporter to chronicle the phenomenon. "Song lyrics and titles match the action and plot. The music swells and falls with characters' movements."

As Savage noted, the Scarecrow flops around on the grass just as Pink Floyd bandleader Roger Waters sings, "The lunatic is on the grass." And the thumping heartbeats that punctuate the end of Dark Side of the Moon are heard just as Dorothy puts her ear to the Tin Man's chest. These are only two of roughly 100 documented instances of synchronicity between the 1973 album and the 1939 movie.

Chat-roomers and bloggers have filled countless screens to express their enthusiasm for this psychedelic parlor game.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2008 6:37 AM
Comments

Wow, the perfect harmonic convergence for gay potheads.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at May 19, 2008 11:13 AM

Gay? I don't follow.

Posted by: Bartman at May 19, 2008 2:09 PM

Judy Garland.

I first heard about The Dark Side of Oz in Usenet postings around 1988. To think that some people are still wasting there time on this shows that marijuana does have chronic effects. I guess you take your profundity where you find it when the Doritos bag is empty.


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 19, 2008 2:21 PM

Because gay people like Judy Garland's music? What does that have to do with the movie. A bit of a stretch there Jorge. : )

Posted by: Bartman at May 19, 2008 2:29 PM

Friends of Dorothy?

Posted by: oj at May 19, 2008 4:36 PM

Didn't mean to hit a nerve there, Bartman, but the Wizard of OZ is right up there at the top of the list of gay pop culture markers.

You should probably be concerned about this. :-)

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at May 19, 2008 5:00 PM
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