Tonight at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a group of musicians will play Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon live, in its entirety, with each and every instrument that was used to record it back in 1972-'73.
With 45 million copies sold, Dark Side is still the third best-selling album of all time. It remained on the Billboard 200 for over 14 years, and still moves over 8,000 copies every week, a phenomenon Rocks Off always attributed to the persistent inability of stoners to remember who they let borrow their albums.
For those born more recently, the album is probably more famous for its alleged connection with The Wizard of Oz. Supposedly, if you play the album and movie from the beginning, there are a number of instances of correspondence between the music and the actions onscreen - the lyrics "Shorter of breath and one day closer to death " over the scene where Dorothy and Cowardly Lion appear to be dead in the poppy field, for example.
This was a phenomenon Rocks Off always attributed this to the persistent inability of stoners not to get high.
The band, and just about anyone involved in the album's recording who was asked, laughs off any connection. As the album's engineer Alan Parsons put it:
"And anyway, if you play any record with the sound turned down on your TV, you will find things that work."
That's hardly the attitude we're looking for, Al. For example, Rocks Off has come up with five movies long overdue for a little Dark Side-ing.
Mental illness is one of Dark Side's central themes, and this story of a Vietnam veteran's (apparent) descent into madness would make for a good backdrop. Especially when Jezebel starts doing the dirty-demon dance to "The lunatics are in my head."
Before Malcolm McDowell decided it was his duty as an actor to appear in every piece of shit mailed to him, he made this nifty little thriller about a guy - Roger Waters precursor H.G. Wells, actually - using his time machine to follow Jack the Ripper to "modern-day" Los Angeles, where we mistakenly assumed he would run afoul of a gang of disco dancing karate chicks. We're just saying, thematically you couldn't ask for a better match: "Time?" "On The Run?" There's a freaking clock on the poster, for crying out loud.
As amusing as it might be neat to hear Clare Torry's incredible vocals coming out of Diana Ross' mouth (or better yet, Nipsey Russell's), we can't help but think maybe one of Pink Floyd's more recent efforts might go better with this. Overlay Michael Jackson's big dance number with "The Final Cut" for extra depression.
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Oh, did we BLOW YOUR MIND? Think about the possibilities: The screams from "Breathe" transposed over Bob Geldof as he shrieks out his hotel window..."The Great Gig in the Sky" playing while Pink broods in his hotel room...hearing the studio version of "Money" while he's writing the song in school? It's like a trip through a citrus mountain.
Dear God, anything to keep us from hearing Pierce Brosnan sing "S.O.S." again.