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Dark Side of Oz

Joe Holley

Come across "Dark Side of the Moon" lately? The Pink Floyd album you used to play over and over when your hair was long, your jeans grungy and your ears were still capable of registering subtle nuances of sound? As a memorial salute to classic rock disc jockey George Taylor Morris, dig it out of the basement or the garage or your nearest vintage record store and have it ready to play the next time "The Wizard of Oz" shows up on Turner Movie Classics.

Morris, who died Aug. 1 of lung cancer at his home in Reston, was a Boston dj back in 1997, when he happened to mention on the air a burgeoning urban legend about a mysterious synchronicity between "Dark Side of the Moon," the 1972 album, and "The Wizard of Oz," the movie. For example -- cue up "Twilight Zone" theme -- the tornado in the movie twirls to the tune of "Great Gig in the Sky" on the album. Or Floyd sings "the lunatic is on the grass" just as the Scarecrow begins his jig near a green lawn.

Wait, there's more: The line "got to keep the loonies on the path" comes just before Dorothy and the Scarecrow start down the Yellow Brick Road. The song "Brain Damage" starts about the same time as the Scarecrow launches into "If I Only Had a Brain."

So when Morris, then a midday dj at WZLX-FM in Boston, broadcast the rumor, rocker world went crazy. "Two weeks into this, you couldn't buy a 'Dark Side of the Moon' CD or rent a 'Wizard of Oz' tape anywhere in Boston," he told the Los Angeles Times a few years later.

Thanks to the Internet, it became a nationwide phenomenon (and still is). Anybody out there still remember? Did you ever give it a try?

By Joe Holley |  August 3, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  | Category:  Joe Holley
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Not sure if it "works" but there were a lot of coincidences. It was kinda cool.

Posted by: mdem929 | August 3, 2009 3:08 PM

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