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The Dark Side of the Rainbow

by John Wroblewski

May 2, 2022

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies. Although I am not a fan of Pink Floyd, I recently enjoyed “The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” a pairing of the legendary movie and band.

The concept dates back to a 1995 article by Charles Savage, who suggested watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon. Feeling the lyrics and titles matched the action and plot, Savage described the result as “one long art-film music video for the album.”

Members of Pink Floyd deny any such connection. Guitarist David Gilmour referred to the theory as “some guy with too much time on his hands.” Drummer Nick Mason and audio engineer Alan Parsons were equally dismissive.

Loving the movie, we put this theory to the test at Logan Theatre last weekend. The results were mixed.Logan Theater

There are several parallel moments. Pink Floyd sings “the lunatic is on the grass” just as the Scarecrow is seen dancing on grass. As “If I Only Had a Brain” starts, so does “Brain Damage.” There are several other moments when the two seem to mesh well.

Logan TheaterWhile the concept intrigues me, I still see it as coincidence combined with the brain’s tendency to seek patterns in things, known as the apophenia phenomenon.

The Oz-Pink Floyd matchup isn’t the only movie-music pairing fans discovered. In fact, The Dark Side of the Moon has been paired with Star Wars: A Force Awakens.

“The Dark Side of the Rainbow” was entertaining, despite my general ambivalence to Pink Floyd’s music. While we enjoyed the experience, we easily rejected the theory as nothing more than a fun coincidence.

— John Wroblewski, online writer


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