Run, Rasta, Run

A clever reggae remake of Dark Side of the Moon lovingly lampoons the album's hazy cult

Now, even the thickest of dolts would have to admit that there is no way in the world that anyone would cue up Dark Side with a soundless Wizard of Oz unless he or she were stoned, let alone conclude that there is some cosmic union between the two. Still, some couch philosophers in search of truth have found many "Big Messages" – 97 of them, according to one wizard of obsession. During the helicopter and plane sounds on "On the Run," Dorothy looks up. The funereal music at the beginning of "Us and Them" plays as the Munchkin coroner shows the Certificate of Death. Such deep, spiritual insights go on and on.

The bleary-eyed mystics – there are dozens of Web sites supporting this Dark/Oz stuff – can explain the tie, of course: It's not that Pink Floyd secretly wrote its own soundtrack to the classic film, but that supernatural forces magically resulted in the two unrelated works fitting together perfectly. Synchronicity is what they call it, bastardizing the term psychologist Carl Jung used to refer to meaningful coincidences. Forget, of course, that in the end the messages of the album and the film still mix like oil and water. But, hey, with primo bud you could find the equation for pi in the squiggles on an Oreo cookie. As for meaningful connections, a more legit parallel might be found in investigating any long-standing, substantial sales of both Dark Side of the Moon and Frito-Lay products. Which means that if the Dub Side of the Moon players ever decide to tour, since the original Floydsters ain't gonna, they might be offered more junk food company sponsorships than they can shake a Thai Stick at.

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