A strange development in all our lives. Because we all love Star Wars, don’t we? And we all love Pink Floyd, of course. We all love their classic 1973 prog rock opus ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. We have always wished there were some way to connect the two – and now there is! Reddit, you’ve saved the day once again.
The news, then, is that one Redditer claims to have discovered that JJ Abrams’ recent, critically lauded addition to the canon, Star Was: The Force Awakens, syncs perfectly with the London rockers’ timeless album. “Play the album after the crawl [opening credits],” writes Redditor knnl, “when the camera moves from the stars to the ship that’s flying over and eclipsing jakku’s moon.” After, he/she/it reckons, lyrics and musical happenings reflect what’s happening on screen. For example: “All the lyrics of “Time” happens while the movie shows Rey’s daily struggles. The whole scene just fits with the song.”
If you happen to feel sceptical, someone’s slapped together the first eight minutes of each masterwork, so you can judge for yourself.
Like, it sort of does fit, but only in the sense that it looks an unusually awesome music video, which peaks when – totally by chance – the music turns moody and brooding as a Stormtrooper has blood daubed on his helmet and staggers across the desert. But does that prove that ‘The Dark Side of the Moon syncs perfectly with the new Star Wars’, as the title of the Reddit thread claims?
It’s long been claimed that Dark Side of the Moon fits eerily with The Wizard of Oz – the phenomenon even has a name: ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’. It’s tempting, though, to wonder if you can just slap any music over any film and change its mood. Let’s stick the Benny Hill theme over Blade Runner and see what happens.