Dark Side of the Rainbow

DarkSideOfTheRainbow.jpgI'm away on holiday, taking in the spectacle of Glacier National Park and the clean air of big sky country. It's truly invigorating out here. I would recommend it to any one who needs to recharge their batteries and get in touch with the natural world. But being a slave to technology and having access to a magnificent 5.1 surround professional theater system in the private home I'm staying at, I couldn't resist a little pop culture to waste an evening.

I had knowingly packed a secret DVD for my iBook G4 to watch on the plane, but got distracted reading Jonathan Lethem's tremendous Bob Dylan interview in the new Rolling Stone. (Lethem's one of my favorite American writers and someone I hope to podcast interview quite soon.) The other day my friend Tony O. gave me a DVD copy of Dark Side of the Rainbow. Some of you readers have seen it, but for those of you who haven't, let me explain.

Some very bored stoner must have been cranking Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon while simultaneously watching the movie The Wizard of Oz with sound down and the universe awakened this trippy synchronization. If you start Floyd's Moon (the 1994 re-issue or 2003's 30th anniversary re-issue) just after the MGM lion roars for the third time, then mute the audio portion of the movie and turn up the Floyd disc, the magic begins.

According to fans, there are at least 100 moments in the film that sync up with Pink Floyd's masterwork. While I'd love to list them all, I think it's more dynamic to try it out for yourself. Most of the magic is watching/listening and picking out the lyric/scene interplays. A few of the more obvious moments occur early on with young Dorothy and Mrs. Gulch appearance, Professor Marvel, Glinda The Good Witch, Scarecrow, Tin Man, etc.

David Gilmour has gone on record to thwart any rumors that it was intended; he insists the phenomenon is purely coincidental. Ditto for the album's engineer, Alan Parsons, who flatly denied any correlation. This hasn’t stopped the TV series Family Guy from making comical references to it.

As my friend Susan stated during our private vacation screening, "Someone must have had a lot of time on their hands to figure this out."

Or maybe it's just as The Police's Der Stingal once sang:

A connecting principle,
Linked to the invisible
Almost imperceptible
Something inexpressible.
Science insusceptible
Logic so inflexible
Causally connectible
Yet nothing is invincible

Synchronicity indeed.

I would encourage you to try it for yourself this Labor Day weekend. Gather your family, friends, college dorm pals, etc., and give it a spin. And when you've finished exhausting the possibilities with Rainbow, try synching up the song "Echoes" from the Pink Floyd album Meddle (1971) with Stanley Kubrick's genius epic feature 2001: A Space Odyssey. Start the song at the beginning of the third act of the film, "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," and strap yourself in. Laser light show is optional.



Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. As a singer/songwriter, he's released 3 solo CDs and one with his folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was an agent at William Morris!


Other Syncs Like The Dark Side Of The Rainbow / Oz

Hi Dusty,

Great article! Thought I might throw in my two cents to help confuse and confound
the issue. Did you know that besides The Wizard Of Oz / Dark Side Of The Moon
combination that Black Sabbath syncs up with The Exorcist? Or Rob Zombie with
Night Of The Living Dead? Well, it's absolutely true. And I'm about to give
you the whole secret to discovering syncs.

And it's so obvious that it's right out in plain sight, and apparently I was
the first person to put it together: on the cover of The Dark Side Of The Moon
there's a rainbow, and in The Wizard Of Oz Dorothy sings Somehere Over The Rainbow!
That's it, that's the whole secret, which we have dubbed "The Rainbow Connection".

Movies and albums that sync will have similar themes, titles, lyrics, pictures, etc. Now just because you think a movie and record ought to go together doesn't guarantee it. Billy Joel's Glass houses didn't work with either movie entitled Glass House or unbreakable (Samuel L. Jackson played Mr. Glass) and 10,000 Days didn't go with Dazed And Confused. Would have been a cool title though - 10,000 Days And Confused...

But we do have EIGHTEEN full length DVDs at
A few combinations that work surprisingly well:

Metallica Black / The Matrix (The Black Matrix)
Nirvana's Nevermind / Christopher Nolan's Memento (Nevermind The Memento)
David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust / The Last Starfighter (Ziggy Starfighter)
Led Zeppelin's IV / Peter Jackson's lord Of the Rings: Fellowship (Fellowship Of The IV)

In a recent article about SyncMovies.com
entitled Meet The king Of Stoner Rock Movies, Rolling Stone proclaimed Fellowship Of The IV
"The one sync to rule them all!"

So hopefully you guys will come by the web site and decide for yourselves...the
red pill or the blue pill? Did I mention the web site is

Breath In the Air

Here is a great example of how well the synch works: