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Traumafession:: Dylan Donnie-Duke on Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz

August 13th, 2019 by unkle lancifer · 3 Comments

Hello Unk L, Aunt J, and assorted cats, bats, and belfries; I know that there have been more than several mentions of Wizard of Oz as a traumatizer on this site, and I figured that I would never have anything to add to the discussion. Then came the discovery of WoO with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on YouTube (HERE).

I had heard the lore, and even tried to do it once or twice in college, but lacked the patience/sobriety to continually flip the album.  Finding it with the music overdubbed made actually getting through it more of a possibility.  Because circumstance dictates that I am unable to currently deal with reality, I had a steady supply of jazz lettuce, the Devil’s coleslaw, reefer, see? on hand, and embarked on the journey most potheads only dream of. For the most part, it was a lot of fun. Certain coincidental peaks were scarily dead-on, while others required some allowance.  It was when our good green goddess of ghoulishness, The Wicked Witch of the West pops up in the crystal ball, mocking Dorothy’s tears.  The sudden PKTD (Post Kindertrauma Disorder) kicked in, and I was five years old again, watching this movie in a vintage movie house.  My parents had taken my sister and I to see a special showing, and that was our first time ever seeing it.  I was fairly stable until this moment, at which point I crawled under the movie theater seats to hide from her.  (And, being five, to no bout eat floor JuJuBes.)  I have watched this movie at least, no joke, 100 times since I was five, but not once have I so viscerally remembered this moment, which my mother loves to laugh and laugh about.  So, thanks for the recommendation stoners everywhere.  I’ll send you my therapy bills.

Best Regards, Dylan Donnie-Duke

Tags: Traumafessions

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for this tasty traumafession, DDD! I got to see the Dark Side of OZ at a theater here in Philly a bunch of years ago and I loved it! Every human should check it out at least once. The Wizard of Oz is already such a stress machine (I’ve got to worry about Toto for the whole trip) and Pink Floyd really know how to freak me out (Don’t get me started on THE WALL). The experience is really something else. In my house growing up we watched WoO every year. Such a big part of my childhood. I don’t think to this day there’s ever been a scarier representation of a witch…when she starts mocking Dorothy? YIKES

  • 2 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Aug 13, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    If you think the Wiz/DSOM sync is tasty, then try the Echoes/2001:Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite sync. It is, IMHO, far more mind-blowing and quite possibly very intentional.

    As a sync nerd I am not overly impressed by much of what is on Youtube, but this is a decent enough effort:

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Aug 16, 2019 at 10:32 am

    !!! That’s awesome Chuckles72! Thanks for sharing that!

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