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Erykah Badu, Billy Corgan on Legacy of 'Dark Side of the Moon'

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Erykah Badu:
Andre 3000 got me into Pink Floyd back in 1995. He said he wanted me to listen to Dark Side of the Moon straight through. Then somebody else told me I should listen to it while watching The Wizard of Oz on the third lion roar, and I did that. What really impressed me about was the deep history and the cohesiveness of all the music. A lot of tempos change, but with the same melody and the same message throughout the song. After that, I became a groupie. 

I'm a big fan of Roger [Waters]'s writing. I write in a similar way. It's a prolific, pure kind of writing. I totally understand what he's saying the whole time, whereas other people might feel it's kind of obscure and needs some decoding. But he's speaking my language.

I love all of Dark Side Of The Moon, from "Breathe" all the way through "Eclipse." It's just like one long song. It's not something you can appreciate by buying 99 cent singles. It's a whole piece. I do like the rest of the Floyd catalog. I like the concepts of Animals and The Wall, when I think of Pink Floyd I think of Dark Side of the Moon

Before this interview, I listened to the album all damn day. It just brings back so much to me. I choreographed a whole dance piece of the whole album back in high school. I have it on video. My motif is a circle. Most of the movements were in a circle. Kind of very trivial. When it got to "Money," which is a weird time signature, the piece was really active with four male dancers and two female dancers. There were lots of lifts. 

Pink Floyd put their heart, sweat and tears into that beast. It just means so much, and I'm happy to be able to introduce it to my children. It's a whimsical, fantastic voyage. Everybody should try watching it with The Wizard of Oz. On the third roar, just push play and you turn the volume down. The soundtrack goes so well with the movie. It's freaky. It's amazing. If you haven't tried that, you aren't a true Dark Side of the Moon fan. You are full of shit. 

Ben Browning of Cut Copy:
Dark Side of the Moon was kind of a mind-altering experience for me. When I was about 18 or 19, I found it in my parent’s record collection. I think it’s that kind of thing that we’re all interested in. That's where pop music and rock meets kind of experimental aspects of music. It’s one of those records that kind of hits the mark. It’s an amazing piece of work.

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