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In case you haven't already heard
about the strange cosmic synchronization
that occurs when you play Pink
Floyd's _"Dark Side of the Moon_ in place of the original _Wizard of Oz_
movie soundtrack, here's the rundown. Start your Pink Floyd _Dark Side of the
Moon_ CD at the precise moment the MGM lion finishes it's third and final roar
and you will find some very interesting coincidences.
video footage showcase shown
on MTV (vhs/ntsc)
You'll know you've got it right when the first chord
of _Breathe_ MP3
comes in at the same time "Produced by Mervyn LeRoy" is displayed on the
Dorothy is teetering on the fence to the pig bin when
the band is singing "balanced on the biggest wave"
from the song _Breathe_.
Dorothy falls into the pig bin just as the you hear
the words "race towards an early grave" and the music changes at the same
Dorothy holds a little chick up to here face in a
caring manner as you hear the band sing the words "Don't be afraid to care"
from the track _Breathe_.
In the beginning of the movie during the song _Breathe_,
the band sings "smiles
you'll laugh" and you see the Lion and the Tinman in human form laughing
"and tears you'll cry" shows the Scarecrow crying.
When you hear the words "when at last the work is
done" from the track _Breathe_, Scarecrow in human form smacks his hand
with a hammer and stops working.
Mrs. Gulch AKA Wicked Witch of the West appears riding
her bike at the same moment you hear the alarm clock bells going off at
the beginning of the track _Time_ MP3 (192k).
When the band sings "kicking around on a piece of
ground in your home town" from the track _Time_, Toto hops out of Mrs.
Gultches basket and runs back to the farm.
When the band sings "waiting for someone or something
to show you the way" from the track _Time_, Dorothy is in her room wondering
what she should do when Toto comes hopping through the window to show her
When you hear the words "ticking away the moments
that make up a dull day" from the track _Time_, Dorothys uncle puts his
hand up to his head and rolls his eyes just before he kicks back in his
chair after arguing with Mrs. Gultch.
When Dorothy leaves the fortune teller to return to
the farm, the lyrical content "home, home again" from the song _Breathe_
A triangle can be seen hanging from a tree and the
way the fence rails run look an awful lot like the cover of _Dark Side
of the Moon_.
When you hear the words "Smiles you'll give and tears
you'll cry", the Lion and the Tin Man are smiling and the Scarecrow is
Auntie Em appears and starts talking at the same moment
you hear the womans voice talking in the track _On the Run_.
Toto pops his head up in a window at the same time
that the band sings "Waiting for someone or something to show you the way"
from the song "Time".
When you hear the words "racing around, to come up
behind you again" from the track _Time_, professor marvel appears at Dorothy's
During the guitar solo in the track _Time_, You see
the words "Past Present and Future" on the sign of Professor Marvel.
Glinda, the good witch of the North, appears in her bubble
as the band is singing "don't give me that do goody good bullshit" from
the track _Money_.
In the track _Us and Them_ right when the word "Black"
is said, they show the wicked witch and when the word "Blue" is said, they
show Dorothy in her blue dress.
The Good witch of the north confronts the wicked witch
of the west as the band sings "and who knows which is which" (or would
that be "witch is witch"?) from the track _Us and Them_.
When the Mayor of munchkin land is talking to Dorothy
just before she takes off down the yellow brick road, his lips are moving
as you hear the dialogue "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time"
and it appears to be what he is saying to her.
The track _Brain Damage_ begins at about the same
time the scarecrow starts singing "If I Only Had a Brain".
track _If I Only Had A Brain_ MP3
After the scarecrow is let off his post and is stumbling
around trying to walk the band is singing "the lunatic is on the grass"
from the track _Brain Damage_.
When the Munchkins are dancing
after Dorothy arrives in Oz, the scene appears to be perfectly choreographed
with the track _Us and Them_.
When the Lollipop men hand Dorothy the lollipop ,
the track _Us And Them_ is playing and it's right at the beginning when
they say "US.......AND THEM". Us is said when the munchkins hand it to
her , "and them" is said when she takes it .
When Dorothy opens the door to the house after landing
in Oz, the movie switches from black and white to rich color at the same
moment that you here the synchronized cash register sounds at the beginning
of the song "Money".
The coolest part of the whole thing though is the tornado
scene. _The Great Gig in the Sky_ is the perfect song to the perfect scene.
They bind together seamlessly. As glass and debris are flying
and Dorothy is being blown around, the vocal screams are in perfect synchronization
with the movie.
About three and a half minutes into the song _The
Great Gig in the Sky_, you hear a womans voice say "I never said I was
frightened of Dorothy".
Right as they are showing the twister for the second
time and it's well on it's way, you hear a voice in the background saying
"I am not frightened of dying, anytime will do, why should I be frightened
of dying, there's no reason for it, we've all got to go sometime."
At the same time you hear the words "all that you
taste" from the song "Eclipse", Scarecrow squirts the oil can into the
corners of Tinmans mouth.
The length of the first side of the vinyl is the EXACT
length of the black and white part.
The chimes in _Time_ start and stop when the evil
lady on the bike rides up, and the chimes ring as the clocks and such are
going off at the end.
When the lion is doing his little dance
number at the end, at the end when he is crying, his mouth movement looks
exactly as if he is laughing, which starts and stops as the same time as
on the cd.
Screams are heard when Dorothy enters the trailer
and the music kicks in just as she sits down.
As Marvel begins to attempt to lead Dorothy homeward
the lyrics begin.
"Run rabbit run" is heard as Dorothy runs back toward
_On the Run_ is THE perfect song for the tornado,
the music changing with every object that flies through the window.
Laughter is heard as the witch flies by.
A crash as the house lands, and on cue, the alarms
when the door opens and color is revealed.
_Time_ opening gives an eery feel to Dorothy's perception
of this strange new place.
As soon as Glenda speaks to Dorothy, so does Floyd.
The guitar solos as the munchkins reveal themselves.
Ooohs and aaahs are heard when Dorothy stands on the
platform in the town center.
The mellow piano of the _Breathe_ reprise begins at
the delivery of the witch's death certificate. This goes on for the duration
of the film.
_Money_ builds to a crescendo when Dorothy comes to
a fork in the road.
solo beats out the Scarecrow's clumsy steps.
_Us and Them_ lyrics commence as Dorothy and Scarecrow
skipping down the road together, as a team, for the first time, and continues
as they are attacked by the trees and into the Tin Man's appearance.
Gospel-like voices as Tin Man gains mobility.
The album ends with the foursome intact on their journey
to see the Wizard. They trot happily down the Yellow Brick Road after a
close encounter with the Witch. The film reveals the Witch observing them
in her crystal ball as Eclipse comes to a close and as she casts her spell
on the poppies we hear "and everything under the sun
is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon",
perhaps a reference to the Witch's crystal ball with which she casts her
The title role was written with W.C. Fields in mind.
Producer Mervyn LeRoy wanted Ed Wynn, who turned down the role. Studio
executive Freed wanted Fields, and offered him $75,000. Fields supposedly
wanted $100,000. According to a letter from Fields' agent (and supposedly
written by Fields) Fields turned down to role to devote his time to writing
the script for _You Can't Cheat an Honest Man_'.
Frank Morgan has five roles: Professor Marvel, the
gatekeeper of the Emerald city, the cab driver (of the horse of a different
color), the Wizard's guard, and the Wizard. It is also possible that
he was made up for the projected image of the Wizard.
Terry (Toto) was stepped on by one of the witch's
guards, and had a double for two weeks. A second double was obtained,
because it resembled Toto more closely.
The Cowardly Lion's facial makeup included a brown
Actor Bert Lahr couldn't eat without ruining his makeup.
Tired of eating soup and milkshakes, he decided to eat lunch and have his
Buddy Ebsen was the original choice for the Scarecrow.
Ray Bolger was originally brought in as the Tin Woodsman.
Bolger wanted to play the Scarecrow (his childhood idol was Fred Stone
who had played the original Scarecrow in the 1902 Baum play _The Wizard
of Oz_. Bolger had seen him in _Jack O Lantern_' in 1919 or 1920.)
He insisted and was eventually given the Scarecrow role.
Ebsen was given the Tin Man. Ebsen got sick
from the makeup, but that was not the sole cause: his symptoms
were not consistent with aluminum powder poisoning, but were an allergic
reaction to either the aluminum or the other chemicals in the makeup.
(he probably would have gotten sick anyway, but this speeded the process).
The makeup method was changed when Jack Haley took over (the aluminum was
originally put on as a powder, they switched to mixing the aluminum in
a paste), so Haley did not inhale the aluminum as much. Haley did
not find out what had happened to Ebsen until after the movie. He assumed
that Ebsen had been fired. Ebsen's voice can still be heard in "Off
to see the Wizard''. "Over the Rainbow'' was nearly cut.
The film originally contained an elaborate production
number called "The Jitter Bug'', which cost $80,000 and took five weeks
to shoot. In the scene, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and
the Tin Woodsman are on their way to the Witch's castle when they are attacked
by "jitter bugs'' - furry pink and blue mosquitolike "rascals'' that give
one "the jitters'' as they buzz about in the air. When, after its first
preview, the movie was judged too long, MGM officials decided to sacrifice
the "Jitter Bug'' scene. They reasoned that it added little to the plot
and, because a dance by the same name had just become popular, they feared
it might date the picture. The Witch still refers to the bug in the
final film, just before telling the Monkeys to "Fly!'' Only home movies
of the filming of "The Jitterbug'' survive, though the song is on current
versions of both the soundtrack CD and the recent anniversary
edition videotape. The sequence was also incorporated into a recent stage
version of the musical.
When filming first started, Judy Garland wore a blond
wig and heavy, "baby-doll'' makeup; when George Cukor assumed the role
of intermediate director (after the producer took the original director
off the picture, and before they found a replacement), he got rid of the
wig and most of the makeup and told her to just be herself.
The "tornado'' was a thirty-five foot long muslin
stocking, photographed with miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields.
The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) was
off the film for more than a month after being severely burned during her
disappearance from Munchkinland. Her stand-in was also injured when
a broom exploded during a stunt shot.
Morgan's Professor Marvel coat was taken from a rack
of second-hand clothing purchased by the studio wardrobe department; he
was astounded when, just by chance, he turned out the coat's pocket
and found the name L. Frank Baum (the Oz books' author) sewn into the lining.
Baum's widow and the tailor who made the coat confirmed that the
coat had, indeed, been his.
The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with
Jello crystals. The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before
the horses started to lick it off.
Rumors of the Munchkin actors' wild drunken orgies
and other escapades are greatly exaggerated.
There is a rumor that a man committed suicide on the
set, and that his body can be seen on the left of the screen as Dorothy,
the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man walk down the Yellow Brick Road after their
first encounter with the Wicked Witch. This is false; the object
in question is a strange looking bird.
Director Victor Fleming did not finish the film, being
assigned to take over direction of _Gone with the Wind_ (1939) . Fleming
stayed with Oz until the color photography was completed, and
then handed over to King Vidor, who directed the black and white sequences.
Questions At The Wizard Of Oz's Wife Is Not Allowed In Da Fathaland
breakbeat track _Off To Demention
(mixed 4:43)_ MP3 (192k)
by The Wizard Of Oh off of _Tricked Out_ MixCD
by Omar Santana on Moonshine (1997)
big beat track track _The Wonderful Wizard
by Boom Boom Satellites
release _Ooger_ CD by Oz Artists on AE Recordings #001
- _The Wonderful Wizard Of Dub (Dons Of Quixote Mix)_
off of _Push Eject_ CD on SMEJ Associated #026 (1998)
6. _As If The Living Were Moving_ MP3 (320k)(22.2megs)
Noise_ MP3 (320k)(25.8megs)
8. _Art Of Wresling_ MP3 (192k)
release _Wizardry Of Oz_ compilation 12"x2
- antediluvian rocking horse - the rhythm sticks
- Parasonix - _Warp Phaze_ MP3
- Fluoro Conspiracy
Wooden Men - _Remember The Slime_
- Reflecta - _Itchy Witches Of Androgenetico_ MP3
- The Visitors - _Tiny Little Engines_ MP3 (192k)
- Rip Van Hippy - _I Couldn't Talk_ MP3
- Insectoid - _The Web_ MP3 (192k)
Thing - _Shango_
etching on a release from Twisted
(a) "if you want to find the
wizards of trance,
follow the yellow brick road . . .
(b) but clicking your heels will
not save you now."
Today, Oz (from the Wizard of Oz)
seems like such a common term that we don't really consider where it came from.
The name for Oz was thought up when the creator of the story, Frank Baum, looked
over at his filing cabinet and saw: A-N and O-Z.
film _Zardoz_ (vhs/ntsc) (1972)
- a ridiculously grand sci-fi flick from the director of the brilliant
a year earlier. the premise of the film is that an entire society
is based on the story _Wizard Of Oz_ ("zard oz"). Loin cloth and
bandoleer clad Sean Connery learns to read and comes to this realization.
Bart Gets Hit By A Car_ [Aired January 10, 1991] Season 2/Episode
reference: _Wizard of Oz_ -
Bart waking up from his dream
saying "And you were there, and you and you..."
_The Simpsons Halloween Special
II (aka Treehouse of Horror II)_ [Aired October
31, 1991] Season 3/Episode 2
references _Wizard Of Oz_ -
Burns hums, "If I Only Had a Brain" when removing Homer's brain.