Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Laurel and Hardy somewhere over the Dark and Tainted Rainbow



Words cannot express how much I love this. Huge thanks to my buddy Huw Williams for bringing it to my attention. What is so extraordinary about it is just how well the dance movements fit the lyrics ... 'Once I ran to you, now I run from you' ... Of course, it's all massively coincidental.

It reminded me of that old urban myth about Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album synchronising with the MGM film The Wizard of Oz. To quote from my own book Joined-Up Thinking:

'Those who ‘know’ will tell you that if you start playing Pink Floyd’s album on the MGM lion’s third roar and watch and listen to both simultaneously, a remarkable series of coincidences occur. For example, the film changes from sepia tone to colour upon Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. This synchronises almost exactly with the start of the track Money. Then Glinda the do-goody-good witch appears at the same time as the line ‘do-goody-good bullshit’ is sung. And during the guitar solo, the Munchkins’ dance routine seems to follow the various tempo changes and the soldiers also appear to be marching in time with the music. Watch the two together and make up your own mind. The film is much longer than the album, of course, but aficionados will tell you that you have to play the album three times through. They claim that the synchronisations still occur on all three playings.'

You can read a lot more about 'The Dark Side of the Rainbow' by clicking here. Oh and buy my book of course. Meanwhile, enjoy this small part of the myth in action:



The original, better quality YouTube clip can be watched here.

1 comment:

Andrew Kerr said...

Love the Laurel and Hardy clip! It does fit so well.