Stoners and Pink Floyd go together like chocolate and peanut butter, but it got ratcheted up a notch when an unknown observant toker noticed some uncanny coincidences going on when he watched The Wizard of Oz accompanied by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon instead of the film’s usual audio track.
If you’re looking for a fun entertainment activity for your next home movie watching night, invite some friends over, fire up a big fatty, and venture over to the Dark Side of the Rainbow as the phenomenon has become known, for an experience that will give everyone plenty to talk about later.
Members of Pink Floyd have long denied having anything to do with the apparent synchronicity between their album and the classic film, chalking it up to nothing more than coincidence, but that hasn’t stopped legions of fans from being transported to a slightly darker, more ominous version of Oz.
To enjoy The Dark Side of the Rainbow, first smoke some really good weed, then turn the audio on the movie all the way down. Right before the film actually begins you can see Leo, the MGM lion, roar three times. As soon as Leo lets out that third roar, hit play on Dark Side of the Moon, sit back and watch.
While there are many, many more things you can have fun discovering for yourself, here are some of the major points to look for:
- If you are in proper synch the first guitar chord on the album will hit right about the time director Mervyn LeRoy’s name appears on the screen.
- Watch for the “balanced on the biggest wave” line to coincide with Dorothy tight rope walking on the fence around the pig sty.
- The entire storm scene played to “Great Gig in the Sky” is mesmerizing with the music swelling and fading in appropriate spots. Pay special attention to the music when Miss Gulch flies by on her bicycle.
- The second the film switches from black and white to color would have been the exact point you had turn over the vinyl album. The color section begins with the first chords of the song “Money” which suggest the Munchkins might have a somewhat suspect motive.
- The Scarecrow being a “Lunatic in the Grass” makes you look at this character in a little less benevolent way.
- The album ends with the sound of a heartbeat as Dorothy frantically thumps on the Tin Man’s chest in the film.