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[[caption-width-right:350:''The Dark Side Of The Moon''.]]

->''I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks. Been working with bands for so long, I went crazy.''
-->--'''Chris Adamson''', one of Music/PinkFloyd's roadies, opening words

'''''The Dark Side Of The Moon''''' is the eighth studio album by Music/PinkFloyd, released in 1973. Considered their MagnumOpus (alongside ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', ''Music/WishYouWereHere'', and ''Music/TheWall''), the album remained on the Billboard Top 100 for 15 straight years. It remains one of the most-sold albums ever--at the time of this writing, it's only surpassed by Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' and Music/{{ACDC}}'s ''Music/BackInBlack''. In 2013, it was inducted into the US Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry, garnering the most public votes for any entry that year.

It was Pink Floyd's big breakthrough, and made them a mainstream name. But this sudden super-stardom also sowed the seeds to the band's (especially Music/RogerWaters') later ArtistDisillusionment, which became very apparent on the albums ''Music/{{Animals}}'', ''Music/TheWall'', and ''Music/TheFinalCut''.

In 2013, the album was adapted into a BBC radio play titled ''Darkside'' by Czech playwright Tom Stoppard of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' fame. He describes this play as a "philosophical comedy". The teaser can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvaSzYcDXFw here]].

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!! Tracklist:

[[AC: Side One]]

# "Speak To Me" (1:13)
# "Breathe" (2:46)
# "On The Run" (3:35)
# "Time" (7:04)
# "The Great Gig In The Sky" (4:48)

[[AC: Side Two]]

# "Money" (6:23)
# "Us And Them" (7:50)
# "Any Colour You Like" (3:25)
# "Brain Damage" (3:50)
# "Eclipse" (2:03)

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!!Principal Members:

* David Gilmour - lead vocals, guitar, [=VCS3=]
* Nick Mason - drums, percussion, tape effects
* Music/RogerWaters - lead vocals, bass, [=VCS3=], tape effects
* Richard Wright - keyboard, backing and lead vocals, [=VCS3=], tape effects

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!!The Great Trope in the Sky:

* AlbumTitleDrop: "Brain Damage":
-->''And if your head explodes/With dark forebodings too/I'll see you on the dark side of the moon''
-->''[...]''
-->''And if the band you're in/Starts playing different tunes/I'll see you on the dark side of the moon''
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''G'''reat '''G'''ig In The Sky".
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: A common interpretation of the first and last tracks. "Speak To Me" opens with a heartbeat and the sound of a woman screaming, which could represent a baby's birth and a mother's labour pains. "Eclipse" ends with the sound of a heartbeat gradually fading into silence, and its last verse is about the sun being eclipsed by the moon, which could represent death.
* BookEnds: Opens and ends with {{heartbeat|Soundtrack}}s.
* BreatherEpisode: The more upbeat "Money" (if you don't read into the lyrics), placed right after the rather sad "The Great Gig In The Sky".
* ConceptAlbum: WordOfGod has it that the songs are about the "pressures in life that can drive you to insanity"--in order: communication, work, travel, time, death, money, society, choice, brain damage, and nature.
* CoverVersion: Several bands, including Music/{{Phish}}, Music/FlamingLips, and Music/DreamTheater, have covered ''the entire album''.
** Easy Star Records released a reggae version called ''Dub Side of the Moon''.
** Brian Ibbott's first full-album episode of the Coverville podcast was called "The Covered Side Of The Moon"[[note]]In a shout-out to the UrbanLegend mentioned below, he noted that his version would synchronize to ''Theatre/TheWiz''[[/note]].
* DarkReprise: "Breathe (Reprise)", which comes in just after "Time". Compared to the relaxed, airy "Breathe", the reprise has a more tired, worn-out tempo, which fits the lyrics.
-->''Home, home again\\
I like to be here when I can\\
When I come home cold and tired\\
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire...''
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Subverted. "Eclipse" seems to work itself up to some sort of acceptance of all the madness of life...
-->''And everything under the sun is in tune\\
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early live performances of the album (then titled ''Eclipse'') have completely different instrumentals in place of "On The Run" and "The Great Gig In The Sky".
** In fact, the album was titled ''Eclipse'' because in 1972 Medicine Head (which featured Keith Relf of Music/TheYardbirds on bass) released an album called ''Dark Side Of The Moon''. Pink Floyd was aware of this, and when it became clear that the Medicine Head album was a commercial failure, they decided to use that title instead of ''Eclipse'' anyway.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Time". The instrumentals themselves could count.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Clocks ("Time") and cash registers/coins/paper ("Money").
* UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}}: Arguably a large theme.
** "Breathe":
--->''All you touch and all you see/Is all your life will ever be...''
** "Time":
--->''And then one day you find/Ten years have got behind you/No one told you when to run/You missed the starting gun...''
** "Eclipse":
--->''And everything under the sun is in tune/But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.''
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Besides "The Great Gig In The Sky" -> "Money" (since, on vinyl, they were on different sides), the transition between all the songs is seamless.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: All of the sound motifs [[note]]The laughing in "Brain Damage", the ticking clock in "Time", the cash register in "Money", the screaming in "The Great Gig In The Sky", and the heartbeat from the end of "Eclipse"[[/note]] appear in "Speak To Me" (the very first track) before being featured individually in later songs.
* FreedomFromChoice: The title of "Any Colour You Like". Waters named that song after Londoners who would come to his hometown of Cambridge and attempt to sell various items from their trucks, specifically one who attempted to hawk sets of china by saying "Any colour you like, they're all blue".
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Opens and ends with {{heartbeat|Soundtrack}}s.
* HumansAreBastards: Some of the quotes that appear and reappear on the album feature people's answers to the questions "When was the last time you were violent?" and "Were you in the right?". Everyone quoted seems to firmly believe he or she was in the right except for Henry [=McCullough=], who's unsure.
** "Us And Them" is a plea against human conflicts for what are generally stupid reasons and makes the observation that the machinations of the powerful hit the small people the hardest.
* ListSong: "Eclipse" lists a series of actions one does in his lifetime.
* LongRunner: 741 weeks--''15 straight years''--on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. When Billboard began allowing recurrent albums back into the chart in 2009, the album returned to the chart within ''two weeks'' and has racked up 25+ further weeks since then. In 2012, it passed ''800'' non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200.
** It's estimated that the album still sells around 8,000 copies per week.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: As you can see in the picture, it is pretty basic.
* MoneySong: {{Subverted|Trope}} with "[[CaptainObvious Money]]". It's about the ''evils'' of money and the excesses it brings.
* MushroomSamba: "Any Colour You Like".
* NonAppearingTitle: [[CaptainObvious The instrumentals]], "The Great Gig In The Sky", and "Brain Damage".
* NotAfraidToDie: Gerry O'Driscoll says he's not afraid to die in the spoken part of "The Great Gig In The Sky".
* NothingIsScarier: Before the aforementioned heartbeat, there is 15 seconds of complete silence.
* OneWomanWail: "The Great Gig In The Sky" is one long female wail.
* OneWordTitle: "Breathe", "Time", "Money", and "Eclipse".
* PrecisionFStrike:
** "Money":
--->''Don't give me that do goody-good bullshit...''
** The album even opens with one–the very first spoken words of "Speak To Me":
--->''I've been mad for fuckin' years...''
* ProductPlacement: "Money":
-->''I think I need a Lear Jet...''
* PyramidPower: {{Invoked|Trope}} with the cover art, as well as the accompanying poster and stickers.
* RainbowLite: The prism's rainbow doesn't have indigo in it. {{Invoked|Trope}}, as it turns out--the album's central motif is madness and a sense that something is incomplete.
* RefrainFromAssuming: It's "Brain Damage", not the title track. There isn't one [[note]]but the song ''did'' have [=TDSotM=] as a working title before the name was given to the album[[/note]]. It's also two songs ("Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" run into each other), not one.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Brain Damage", which is at least partially about Pink Floyd founder Music/SydBarrett, who's famous for his own SanitySlippage which led to his departure from the band.
** It is also at least partially about Music/RogerWaters' fear of falling victim to mental illness. He had touched on the theme at least once before ("If") and would return to it later in several songs on ''Music/TheWall'' and ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking''.
* ShoutOut:
** There's a snippet of an orchestral version of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket To Ride" in the fade-out of "Eclipse".
** Richard Wright based his compositions and keyboard work on Music/MilesDavis' ''Music/KindOfBlue''.
** "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" from The Music/BeastieBoys' ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' samples "Time", while "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" from the same album samples "Breathe".
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are so inseparable they're often collectively mistaken for the title track of the album...which doesn't exist.
* SpokenWordInMusic: Some songs include samples of people talking, who were answering questions such as "When was the last time you were violent?", "Were you in the right?", "Are you afraid of death?", or "What is the dark side of the moon?". Among the people interviewed were: Music/PaulMcCartney and his wife Linda (whose answers weren't used, as the band thought they were too generic), Paul's Music/{{Wings}} band-mate Henry [=McCullough=] (who supplied the "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time" heard in the transition between "Money" and "Us And Them"), roadie Chris Adamson (the PrecisionFStrike at the start of the album), the band's road manager Peter Watts (whose crazed laughter is heard in "Brain Damage" and "Speak To Me") and his wife Patricia (who says "I never said I was frightened of dying" in "The Great Gig In The Sky" and describes a violent encounter in the segue between "Money" and "Us And Them": "that geezer was cruisin' for a bruisin'"), Roger "The Hat" Manifold (who appears in "Us And Them" and says "live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me" in "On The Run") and Abbey Road Studios' doorman Gerry O'Driscoll, responsible for some of the more iconic quotes (the one at the bottom of the page, and the discussion about death in "The Great Gig In The Sky").
* StiffUpperLip: Referenced and/or lampshaded in "Time":
-->''Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way...''
* StockSoundEffects: The coins-and-cash-register sounds from "Money" are used a lot these days.
* TakeThat: When played live (most notably on ''P*U*L*S*E''), the circular screen will display videos of 20th-century world leaders (e.g. UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, UsefulNotes/HenryKissinger, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein...) during "Brain Damage".
* TextlessAlbumCover: An iconic one!
* TheTheTitleConfusion: Surprising to many, it's actually called '''''The''' Dark Side Of The Moon'', not ''Dark Side Of The Moon''.
* TitleDrop: Aside from the lyrics in "Brain Damage", Gerry O'Driscoll says at the end of the album "There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark."
* UncommonTime: "Money" alternates between 7/4 and 4/4.
** The song shifts from 7/4 to 4/4 only because that was the only way that David Gilmour could get the guitar solo right.
* {{Urban Legend|s}}: The supposed "synchronization" between this album and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** All of the band members and [[Music/TheAlanParsonsProject Alan Parsons]], the engineer for the album, have stated that this is a coincidence.
--->'''David Gilmour:''' Some guy with too much time on his hands had this idea of combining ''Wizard of Oz'' with ''Dark Side of the Moon''.
--->'''Nick Mason:''' It's absolute nonsense, it has nothing to do with ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. [[SarcasmMode It was all based on]] ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
** They do have quite a few moments that match well with each other, but it wasn't on purpose. For that matter, deliberately synchronizing the album in production would have added a not-inconsiderable amount of effort and expense, since the early 1970's were rather short on convenient ways to play movies in the recording studio.
*** Not that it would require much. Just pick ''specific'' times to change the song--wouldn't even need the movie playing in real-time. Plus, there's editing. In addition, the band reportedly did the ''same thing'' with ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' as well. (In addition, too much of the "coincidences" are too on the nose, right down to the cyclone timing and the beating of a heart at the end. Even the ''album cover'' seems to refer to ''The Wizard of Oz''.)
* UrExample: "On The Run" is a trance techno number recorded in 1973.
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky: "The Great Gig In The Sky".
* YourHeadASplode: From "Brain Damage":
-->''And if your head explodes/With dark forebodings too/I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...''
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->''There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.''
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