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5 Secrets About Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon” Only Die-Hards Will Know

Happy 420!!  As a salute to this up in smoke holiday, we present 5 secrets about every stoner’s favorite album, which also happens to be celebrating its golden U.S. anniversary this week!

Everyone knows that Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” has been named one of the greatest albums of all time. With a 15-year spot on US Billboard charts, amongst Rolling Stone’s Top 10 in the 500 Greatest Albums Ever Made and more than 50 million copies sold since the beginning of its time, there are certain secrets about the iconic, inspirational and fantastical album that little are aware of.

1. The Album Originally Had A Different Name

Could you even imagine the album being named anything other than what it is today? Well, believe it or not, the band was tempted to title it “Eclipse (A Piece For Assorted Lunatics)”. But because original member Syd Barrett had left the band due to mental inconsistencies, the inspiration for the word “lunatic” had lost its luster.

Moreover, a band within Floyd’s genre, Medicine Head, had released an album called “Dark Side of the Moon” just a year prior. Ultimately the band decided that the little exposure the band’s sonic index had acquired would not hurt their chances for naming the album what they felt it should be named so they went with “The Dark Side of the Moon” and the rest is history.

2. Paul McCartney Didn’t Make The Cut

Even though the life-changing album appeared only to feature the vocals of the band members, a decent amount of clips and riffs were extracted from artists hanging around the famous Abbey Studios at the time of its making. Even the great Wings man and former Beatle Paul McCartney offered his help in production but was turned down after interviewing for the “dark” position that Floyd wanted to fill.

 

Although one of the greatest lyricists of all time, McCartney was considered too polished for the opportunity to participate in Floyd’s transcendental and transformational movement.

3. Dick Parry Was Chosen As A Good Friend of David Gilmour’s

Little is known of David Gilmour’s success pre-Floyd, but the talented musician had been involved in bands since his younger days as a teen.  When forging a friendship and band relationship with Joker’s Wild saxophonist Dick Parry in his youth, the two remained great friends which opened the portal to Parry’s involvement on the classic Floyd song “Money.”  Too afraid to ask anyone around at the time of recording, Gilmour reached out to Parry to provide his musical genius on the album which led to Parry touring with other massive names like The Who and Violent Femmes.

4. Floyd Incorporated Jazz Into The Album

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Richard Wright, the keyboardist of Floyd, extracted inspiration in the form of a simple chord from the one and only Miles Davis’ “All Blues.” The signature keys of the cherished blues artist will forever remain in Floyd’s “Breathe” as an ode to the Prince of Darkness. With the hauntingly perfected lyrics “race towards an early grave,” Davis in some way gets a portion of writing credit on the “Dark Side.”

5. We Can Thank Pink Floyd For Monty Python and the Holy Grail

As major fans of the British comedy group Monty Python, Floyd dedicated a small portion of the album’s success to fund the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was said that the band would even take breaks from recording to enjoy the brilliance and mastery of the comedians.  For this gracious, philanthropic act we are eternally grateful!

 

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