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YMMV / The Dark Side of the Moon

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The Album:

  • Awesome Music: There's a reason that this is one of the best-selling albums ever.
  • Ear Worm: "Money". It's arguably the most famous song to feature an unusual time signature (in this case, 7/4), led by an memorable bass riff. The switch to 4/4 for one of the best guitar solos of David Gilmour's career doesn't hurt, either.
  • Epileptic Trees: "The Dark Side of the Rainbow". The band members, aware of this rumour, have repeatedly denied it being intentional, Nick even making a joke about it.
    Nick: It's all nonsense. It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music.
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  • Gateway Series: This album has introduced lots of people to Progressive Rock, as Pink Floyd is a gateway into prog and this is usually the first Floyd album most fans start with.
  • Growing the Beard: Though they had some success with The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in their native Britain, and their previous album Meddle is considered to be much better than their last couple albums, with "Echoes" considered to be a major step forward and where their beard started to grow in particular, this is the album that truly made Pink Floyd the ubiquitous rock 'n' roll juggernaut we know today.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: All those clocks going off at once are bound to remind one of Back to the Future.
  • Just Here for "Money": Something Waters and the rest of the band have expressed irritation with, and rightfully so.
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  • Memetic Mutation: The album cover has spawned many parodies and homages, with one of the best known involving Pokémon's Eevee and its evolutions.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Clare Torry's wail on "The Great Gig in the Sky", entirely improvised by her. (She was initially paid a flat studio fee of just £30; she later sued for a portion of the royalties, and settled for an undisclosed sum. The song is now credited to both her and Richard Wright.)
  • Sequel Displacement: Some casual fans think it's their debut album.
  • Shocking Swerve: For all of their psychedelic experimentation on previous albums, "On the Run", a slice of proto-trance music in the middle of a rock album, is still this trope. Doubly so for listeners in North America, where many heard the band for the first time either through this album or through the success of the rocker "Free Four" from previous album, Obscured by Clouds.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Quite a few songs on the album qualify, but "Us and Them" really takes the cake. Its message is simple, universally applicable, and as subtle as a hammer to the face: Everyone is capable of being inhumane, and trying to dehumanize your supposed enemies as some monolithic "Them" has never made the world a better place. Put all that together, and you've got one of the best protest songs in the history of rock n' roll.

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