Originally posted on Jack Seattle FM:
This weekend, Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon celebrates its 40th birthday. One of the most enduring pieces of music of the rock and roll era, it has sold over 15 million copies in the U.S., it routinely lands towards the top of “greatest album of all time” lists, it launched Pink Floyd from a cult act to stadium headlining status, and stayed on the Billboard Top 200 album charts for over 700 weeks. There are many factors that have contributed to the album’s staying power – not least of which is the fact that it is a once-in-a-lifetime record, made up of singles that flow together as a cohesive whole. But classic rock radio surely deserves at least some of the credit for keeping the album on the airwaves for decades: “Money” is one of the genre’s most solid songs, but really, over the years, you might hear any song on the album on the FM dial.
CBS Radio Networks spoke to some of our DJs who have been playing the album all these years, and we asked for their thoughts and memories of one of the cornerstones of the format. Here’s what they told us:
“Dark Side Of The Moon is the first album I bought that I had to play in its entirety every time I laid the needle on the record. The song ‘Money’ was edited heavily for Top 40 radio and we all played the heck out of it in heavy rotation when it was new. Years later, someone told me you can put the record on while watching The Wizard Of Oz with the TV sound turned down, and it synchronizes with the movie. I tried it…sure enough it worked! Many scenes fit perfectly. It is still one of my favorite albums, and has iconic cover art, too.” — Jim Zippo, KLUV Dallas