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In high school I was a huge Pink Floyd fan. I listened to The Wall more times than any sane person ever should and I even bought (and actually sort of liked) The Final Cut. I even had their first album from back in the sixties called Piper at the Gates of Dawn back when they still had Syd Barrett (Poor Syd went crazy shortly after. I'm not exaggerating either, he spent the rest of his life in an insane asylum).
I had quite a freaky experience with PatGoD. I was sitting in the dark listening to it with my eyes closed when all these weird images started popping into my head: strange pulsating colors, houses I had never visited, and barren windswept planes full of ancient ruins. It was tripping with no drugs! I always wondered how it happened because I could never get it to work again...
Anyways, I also got The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl from a flea market. No DSotM poster though even though the record sleeve said it came with one. That would have been the ultimate.
For the record my favorite Floyd album is Animals and it's one of the few that I still put on quite regularly.
After high school me and Floyd parted ways. I got into punk and weird obscure shitty music, thanks to the Internet, and Roger Waters and company seemed a bit stodgy after that. Well tonight I pulled out DSotM after many years and gave it another spin and to my surprise, it's still awesome. It's not just the music that makes it so great, the lyrics are killer. Here's some of my favorite quotes:
"I've been mad for fucking years. Absolutely years."
"All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."
"No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun."
"Far away, across the fields, the tolling of the iron bell, calls the faithful to their knees, to hear the softly spoken magic spells."
"Listen son, said the man with the gun, there's room for you inside."
"There's someone in my head, but it's not me."
"Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs, got to keep the loonies on the path."
"The paper holds their folded faces to the floor, and everyday the paperboy brings more."
"Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."
"There is no dark side of the moon really. As a matter of fact it's all dark."
Those are the ones that have been popping into my head randomly for years anyways. I once scrawled "There's someone in my head but it's not me" across a paper I had to turn in for Geography class and I'm pretty sure it was a deciding factor in my teacher suggesting to my mom that I seek counseling. Yeah I had to go and have some 40 year old counselor try to figure out why I was so fucked up. You can see how much that helped normalize me!
So in conclusion: Despite way too much radio play for many of it's songs and general overratedness, Dark Side of the Moon is still a fucking great album. It's not as great as The Wall or Animals but it still puts pleasantry unpleasant images in my head whenever I give it a spin. Plus it's great to play synced up with The Wizard of Oz. Start the CD on the third lion roar! I'm going to bed...