10 Facts About PINK FLOYD Masterpiece ‘THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’ – No 1 In The US This Day In 1973

Back in time

28 April 2022

Can’t get tired of listening to this imperishable, psychedelic and mind-boggling
magnum opus. It topped the US charts this day in 1973. Forty-nine years ago.

10 Dark Side Of The Moon facts

1. Dark Side has sold approximately 34 million copies worldwide.

2. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being on the charts longer than any other album in history, namely 591 consecutive weeks or 11.4 years in Billboard top 200! A total of approx 14 whole years (741 weeks) in and back in top 200,
and a staggering 26 years in some Billboard chart or other.

3. The original title for the album was Eclipse (A Piece for Assorted Lunatics) as the group find out that prog rockers Medicine Head just had an LP out, named ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in 1972 on DJ John Peel’s record label. Since the release was less not a commercial success, PF decided to go ahead with its plans.

4. Throughout the 1990s rumours persisted that the album was intended
to be played back while watching The Wizard of Oz.

4. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

5. The album was recorded at Abbey Road on then state of the art 16-track equipment.

6. Australian radio listeners voted the album the best album to have sex to in 1990.

7. Us and Them was originally written by Richard Wright in 1969 as an instrumental piano solo intended for use in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point film which the band had been commissioned to score.

8.. The music and lyrics for the entire album were written during a seven week period in which the band were preparing for a tour in which they desperately wanted to premier new material.

9. The stoned laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma LP.

10. The album was first performed live at the Dome in Brighton, England on the 20th of January 1972. Due to a tape malfunction, the concert only made it as far as ‘Money’ that evening.

Now on my stereo (of course)…

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