Happy Birthday, Dark Side of the Moon
March 10th, 1973, Pink Floyd released their 8th studio album. An album that stayed on the rock charts for 741 weeks until 1988 (longer than ANY album in history). The album spent 1500 weeks total charting somewhere (rock or pop) by 2006 selling approximately 45 million copies world wide. The album’s closest competition is Bob Marley Legend and according to Billboard, it’s still way ahead with a 2:1 margin!
The album is Pink Floyd’s most “commercially successful” album and it turns 43 years old today. It’s the album that started my record collection (thanks to my dear friend Ally) and it’s the album that began a friendship with a group of MIT nerds attending UWO, all living on the “MIT Floor” at Essex Hall in London.
When you start post-secondary school (for the second time, in my case) and you’re a year older than most of the kids you’re living with…you wonder how well you’ll fit in with the group.
I have such fond memories of starting Western and that’s because of the friends I made listening to Dark Side of the Moon on “3 South”. I had heard many of those Pink Floyd songs before but I had never sat down and listened to that album from front to back. It was either my friend Mike Lynch or Kevin Sato that put the album on while we all sat around in our sweatpants ignoring our computer science project. I zoned out completely and didn’t hear a word about computer science class.
I loved learning all sorts of random facts about the album from the guys too…like something that gave me goosebumps during Great Gig in the Sky:
At about 3:32 into the song, there is a background voice. It’s of a woman, and the what she says is “I never said I was frightened of dying.” Presumably, the question she’d been asked was “Why are you frightened of dying?” and this holds for the other voices on that song, as well. A common misinterpretation of this phrase is “If you can hear this whisper, you’re dying.” But that’s not what it says.
Another fun fact: the first track on the album almost never made the cut. Originally, the record was to begin with a backwards piano chord that went right into the Breathe but Speak to Me ended up being a late addition.
Maybe you aren’t interested in this album by the numbers; how long it spent on the charts or how many copies have sold world wide. Can I just say one thing though? It’s NEVER too late to discover, or re-discover Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
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