“Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd Released 50 Years Ago

Packaged with potentially the most iconic album cover ever, a prism reflecting light on a black background, the album was an instant success, critically and commercially. It is the third best selling studio album of all time, having sold 45 million copies. As of March 2023, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has spent 972 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts.

Jonah thinks about Pink Floyd lyrics while Wyatt looks for moon rocks.

Mortality, insanity, conflict, affluence, poverty and, in another nod to Marx, alienation are some of the themes presented on the record. The need – and this brings us full circle – for compassion, if not outright solidarity, is another.

Ghosts of Syd Barrett linger deep in the album’s grooves. “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse” reveal “the dark side of the moon” to be a metaphor for lunacy, and the concepts hold cosmic hands over the album’s consciousness. Peaceful lulls on “Time”, “Us and Them”, and “Great Gig in the Sky” explode into swells of sounds, clocks, and keening, wordless laments. In “On the Run”, listeners can never rest, apprehensive and awed, until we, too, wonder what it might be like to stare into the eyes of insanity.

But the album’s heartbroken center is in the middle of “Brain Damage”. And if the band you’re in,” sings Waters, “starts playing different tunes/I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon”. It’s a lyrical admission of guilt over Barret’s ostracized fate, kicked out of his own creation. If the band you’re in starts playing different tunes, they will be too ashamed to tell you.

Fifty years since its release on March 1, 1973, Dark Side (the album) poses conflicting, perhaps irresolvable questions. Can you overlook the clichés of modern-day mass-market entertainment about the meaning of life? Or do snobbery and dismissiveness unnecessarily prevent skeptics from being able to take Dark Side at face value? Can’t you just turn your brain off and rock out to Dark Side sometimes?

After all, Waters, who wrote the lyrics to all the songs, was only 29 when Dark Side came out. The notion that he possessed some unique knowledge of humankind and its existence at that age is dubious. What Pink Floyd did possess, unquestionably, was a desire to succeed. “We still had a common goal, which was to become rich and famous,” Waters said at the beginning of the Classic Albums episode.

SOURCE… N.P.R, Rolling Stone, The Conversation , The Psychedelic Scene , The Ringer

7 thoughts on ““Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd Released 50 Years Ago

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.