One of rock’s greatest albums syncs a classic movie

Pairing of classic rock albums and movie provides entertainment

Pair the recording of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz” starting at the third roar of the MGM lion.

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Pair the recording of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz” starting at the third roar of the MGM lion.

Harris Keekley, Writer

What happens if you take one of rock’s most famous albums and pair it with a classic movie like “The Wizard of Oz”, you get a sync that seems almost too accurate to have been accidental.

If “The Dark Side of the Moon” is started right as the Metro Goldwyn-Mayer lion roars for the third time, start the album and put it on repeat many of the lyrics and song themes line up to the movie.

Within the song “Breathe (in the air),” at the line “balanced on the biggest wave, you race towards an early grave” Dorothy is balancing on a fence and then falls off right after the line is sung. That’s just the beginning. When the tornado is starting up “The Great Gig in the Sky” starts playing, and when she lands in Oz and walks outside and color is shown, the coins and cash register from “Money” begin. 

Another example is when the Good Witch of the North pops out of her bubble, the words fade and a guitar solo starts. Also, as Dorothy turns to start her adventure on the yellow brick road, the song “Any Colour You Like” starts playing. Furthermore, the song “Brain Damage” starts playing right when the scarecrow starts singing “If I Only had a Brain.” Even in the second time through the album there are still syncs. The song “Us and Them” starts right as the camera fades from the group skipping toward the wizard’s castle to the Wicked Witch of the West.

There are also some cases of the album cover itself coinciding with the movie. A small detail is that side one of the vinyl album is exactly as long as the black and white portion of the film. The movie parallels the album cover by beginning and ending in black and white while the middle portion is in color. When looking at the album cover, white light shines into a prism and on the other side, a rainbow is refracted. When the cover is flipped over to side two it’s inverted.

These coincidences make it seem almost intentional, but in an interview with Artisan News, drummer for Pink Floyd at the time, Nick Mason, said he was impressed with the sync but believes this is not the only film that has these syncs with albums and that this was not intentional.

However even with the denial by Mason, there are still too many coincidences for this to be accidental.