Best known for their songs Another Brick in the Wall, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd is one of the most iconic rock bands to grace the 60’s and 70’s. Famed for their concerts’ multi-colored laser lights, massive sound and home rolled blunts being passed around. Aficionados flock from all the corners of the earth to watch them play.
When Pink Floyd released their Pulse album in 1995, analytical minds were forced to figure out the meaning behind blinking light and the icons that made up the outer packaging. Little did they know that this was going to lead to a world of unparalleled awesomeness, Pink Floyd tracks and movies they supposedly sync to. So get ready to be blown away with a list of 7 of Pink Floyd’s best movie syncs.
Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz
This is the one that started it all. Otherwise known as Dark Side of Oz, this is the most well-known movie sync to date. It was also the answer to the puzzle that was the Pulse album. For those who didn’t have the pleasure of downloading Dark Side of the Rainbow already synced for their perusal, directions were simple. Start the album on the third roar of the MGM lion, and get ready to be blown away. Even without the enhancement of weed or LSD, this is a sure head trip to say the least.
Relics with The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine
Even without the added phantasmagoric tunes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine is already pretty amusing. Riding in a submarine, making friends with the caricatured Beatles, and visiting some bizarre “seas” makes this one for the books. Add in some mushrooms and you can jump right in and join them yourself.
Obscured by Clouds with A Clockwork Orange
I don’t know about you, but when I actually tried to sit down and watch A Clockwork Orange, I thought my head was going to explode. With so many underlying topics, strange creatures and utopianism dreams, it was as perplexing as it was contrived. The fact that is was banned in Britain for 30 years gained Stanley Kubrick the title of genius by some, and nutcase by others. Whatever the case may be, Andrew Wendland managed to find a sync between Pink Floyd’s Obscured by Clouds album and this monumentally convoluted film. Take a peek and judge for yourself.
The Wall with Alice in Wonderland
Considering that Alice was already on her own crazy trip down the rabbit hole, she doesn’t really need any more psychedelic enhancements. But since the opportunity is there, why not check it out? Although at times, these movie syncs do seem a little farfetched, this one is still good enough to give you goosebumps. Whether it’s the movie, or you just ate too many special brownies again, it’s still worth wasting some time over.
The Works with Fantasia
Remembered for its dancing hippos and highly imaginative themes, this 1940’s film is as creative as Sid Barrett is crazy. The album and film probably don’t even need a true sync in order for it to work. You can probably just play the music at any time and you’ll still get the ooh’s and aah’s going. That’s to say if they aren’t already being muttered by all the free loaders hanging out in your basement.
The Divison Bell with The Sound of Music
So these are the instructions: Play CD after the 20th Century Fox logo shows, as the actual movie starts to fade in. Repeat the CD one more time, making it two complete cycles of all the songs, pausing during the break. Other instructions: Make sure you’ve rolled enough joints so that you can take a couple of tokes during the break as well. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
Pulse with Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Let’s face it. So many of the Pink Floyd movie syncs have got to be contrived in order to actually work. There’s probably a whole bunch of hallucinating, strung out hippies thinking they’ve been having pretty close encounters with the third kind themselves to come up with shit like this. Who are the bigger idiots though, the ones making them up, or the ones who actually believe it?
Even though Pink Floyd never actually admitted to writing Dark Side of the Moon to the Wizard of Oz, it would break too many hearts to say otherwise. Whether you believe that it’s pure coincidence though is purely up to you. Regardless, Dark Side of Oz is still something worth watching, with or without the enhancements.