Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon on March 1, 1973. Their most popular album still persists among the best of all time a half century later.
102.9 WMGK will celebrate the quintessential classic rock album on the 50th anniversary of its release on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 during the John DeBella Show from 5:30am-9am, the Matt Cord Show from 9am-2pm, and the Andre Gardner Show from 2pm-7pm.
Tony Harris will finish off the golden anniversary celebration by playing the album in its entirety at 9pm.
Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon established and cemented Pink Floyd’s reputation as one of highest-profile Rock & Roll bands in history.
It helped them transition away from appealing exclusively to a psychedelic crowd.
Pink Floyd bassist/vocalist Roger Waters, keyboardist/vocalist Rick Wright, guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour, and drummer Nick Mason helped Dark Side of the Moon remain in the Billboard Top 200 for 937 weeks.
The iconic prism spectrum logo is still commonly used in popular culture 50 years after the album’s release.
Pink Floyd popularized the concept album during the 1970s. Successful albums like The Wall (1979), Wish You Were Here (1973), and Animals (1977) all became important parts of their legacy.
The concept of Dark Side of the Moon alludes to two different sides of the world. It includes themes about insanity caused by things that have ruined the world.
The mellow and sometimes spooky tone throughout the album helps create a sense of the magnitude of these concepts that define life like time, money, and death.
One of the most famous concept albums ironically doesn’t have an entirely objective concept. Lyrics from Dark Side of the Moon include many different interpretations, and the debate over its meaning has helped it stay popular 50 years later.
Dark Side of the Moon Tracks
The album includes 10 tracks with no clear-cut single that stands out as the most recognizable.
“Time” begins with the sound of an assortment of clocks ticking. Its lyrics include a message about how some people waste their lives away spending time on meaningless endeavors.
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.
“Money” provides insightful commentary on the root of all evil.
Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay.
Money, it’s a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team.
“Great Gig in the Sky” includes one of the most legendary vocal solos in Rock & Roll history with a guest appearance from Claire Torry, a singer who was relatively unknown before the album’s release.
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