May 28 [12:00 EDT] -- Did the dance of the Munchkins inspire Pink Floyd's "Us and Them?"
Newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and the Internet [visit a"Dark Side of Oz" have been buzzing for weeks about the supposed connection between Pink Floyd's 1973 "Dark Side of the Moon" album and the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz."
For close to three years, at least one or two web sites have claimed that if you start the album after the MGM lion's third roar at the beginning of the film, the synchronicity of the film and Floyd-penned soundtrack will blow you away.
Recently, a Boston DJ mentioned the phenomenon on the air, leading to the current clamor, and leading to a screening of the film with Pink Floyd's soundtrack here in the MTV News offices.
Some of the strange unions of "Moon" and "Oz" come when the band's lyrics seem to comment on the action on screen. In one such
case, Dorothy teeters on a fence while the line "balanced on the biggest wave" floats from the speakers. The film's protagonist then falls from the fence just as the music falls into a darker, murkier tone.
At another point, when Dorothy first finds herself in Oz and the Good Witch confronts the Wicked Witch, the corresponding Floyd track questions "which is which, and who is who."
More awe-inspiring are those instances when scenes and songs end at the same moment, and when instrumental passages match up with key changes in the movie's mood or story. Alarm bells ring out from the record when the Wicked Witch first enters the film on a bicycle while still in her human form in Kansas.
Later, just when Dorothy opens the door to her house revealing the Technicolor land of Oz (and marking the film's transition from black and white to color), cash registers begin ringing at the start of the Floyd track "Money" (vinyl aficionados will note that the change to color comes
at the end of side one of the album).
Nobody's sure exactly who first noticed the "Dark Side of Oz" connection, or what substances they may have ingested before noticing. So far, there's been no comment from Pink Floyd, or "Dark Side" creative mastermind Roger Waters about the odd pairing, but "Dark Side" engineer Alan Parsons says that it's all just an amazing coincidence, and that "The Wizard of Oz" never came up during the recording of the album.