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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 screen.
- 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 time.
- Dorothy holds a little chick up to her 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 the way.
- 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_ is playing.
- 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 crying.
- Auntie Em appears and starts talking at the
same moment you hear the womans voice talking in the track _On the
- 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 back.
- During the guitar solo in the track _Time_, You
see the words "Past Present and Future" on the sign of Professor
- 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
- 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 the farm.
- _On the Run_ is THE perfect song for the
tornado, the music changing with every object that flies through the
- 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
- The guitar solos as the munchkins reveal
- 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.
- The drum 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
- 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 spell.
- 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 paper bag.
- Actor Bert Lahr couldn't eat without ruining
his makeup. Tired of eating soup and milkshakes, he decided to eat
lunch and have his makeup redone.
- Buddy Ebsen was the original choice for the
- 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
- 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.
acid breakbeat track _Off To Demention
X (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
Of Dub_ MP3 (vK) by
Boom Boom Satellites
release _Ooger_ CD by Oz Artists on AE Recordings
- _The Wonderful Wizard Of Dub (Dons Of Quixote
off of _Push Eject_ CD on SMEJ Associated #026 (1998)
6. _As If The Living Were Moving_ MP3 (320k)(22.2megs)
7. _Matrix Noise_
8. _Art Of Wresling_ MP3 (192k)
604 release _Wizardry Of Oz_
compilation 12"x2 on Transient (1997)
- antediluvian rocking horse - the rhythm
- Parasonix - _Warp Phaze_ MP3
- Fluoro Conspiracy
- _Chapel Perilous_ MP3
- Shaolin Wooden Men
- _Remember The Slime_ MP3
- Reflecta - _Itchy Witches Of Androgenetico_
- The Visitors - _Tiny Little Engines_ MP3
- Rip Van Hippy - _I Couldn't Talk_ MP3
- Insectoid - _The Web_ MP3 (192k)
- Snake Thing - _Shango_
etching on a release from Twisted records:
(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."
The first appearance of the phrase is in the 1939 version of _The Wizard of
Oz_ (it is not in the novel or any previous adaptations). In the scene,
Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) has reached the Emerald City with her companions
The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Woodsman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion
(Bert Lahr), whereupon they are treated to the hospitality and technological
comforts of the fantastic city. As they leave the "Wash & Brush Up Co.",
the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) appears in the sky riding
her broomstick, skywriting the words "SURRENDER DOROTHY". The terrified
townspeople of the Emerald City - and the four intrepid adventurers -
respond by rushing to the chamber where the Wizard
of Oz himself (Frank Morgan) resides, only to be turned away by a Majordomo
(also played by Frank Morgan) based loosely on the Soldier with the Green
- The special effect was achieved by using a hypodermic needle,
spreading black ink across the bottom of a glass tank filled with tinted
- The phrase was also later featured in Martin Scorsese's 1985 film _After Hours_. In the film, Marcy (Rosanna
Arquette) relates that her former husband would scream the phrase during
- pop rock track _Rosanna_ MP3
by Toto was supposedly written about Arquette, and the band's name was
named after the dog in _The Wizard Of Oz_
- Originally, there was a full message written out by the Witch, seen
only in the first 120-minute test screening. The full message read
"SURRENDER DOROTHY OR DIE --W W W".
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
film _Zardoz_ (vhs/ntsc) (1972) - a ridiculously grand sci-fi flick from the
director of the brilliant _Deliverance_ 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
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- _Episode 23:
Bart Gets Hit By A Car_ [Aired January 10, 1991] Season
- 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
- references _Wizard Of
Oz_ - Burns hums, "If I Only Had a Brain" when removing Homer's