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Rock & Roll Virtual World Tour: Stops 3-4

Join The Mountain as it embarks on a virtual world tour visiting iconic Rock & Roll landmarks throughout the summer.
3. The Dark Side of the Moon
 View from Earth: 369510 km above 5°34'S 6°44'E

Not only does this describe the infamous 1969 Moon Landing of the United States, but it is also the title of Pink Floyd's best-selling album released in 1973. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, uttering the historic phrase: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." To this day, much controversy surrounds the first moon landing concerning fake footage and governemnt theories.

Despite their juxtaposition in history, the release of Pink Floyd's eigth studio album, Dark Side of the Moon, had nothing to do with the first moon landing, instead, it highlighted themes like greed, conflict, passage of time and mental illness. Working on this iconic album, the band employed innovative musical techniques such as multi track recording and tape loops. Dark Side of the Moon remains Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best selling albums worldwide.  
40 Mind Blowing Facts About Dark Side of the Moon 
1. The band members spent three minutes deciding on the front cover.
2. One of the rejected designs involved a then-popular Marvel comic book superhero. 
3. The band had always hated having their photos in the artwork.
4. It was keyboardist Rick Wright who was insistent that the cover not feature any photography at all, even conceptual photos.
5. The prism design was partly inspired by Floyd’s extravagant live light shows.
6. The designer went to Egypt to shoot infra-red photography of the pyramids for an inside poster. 
7. For a while the album had a different working title. 
8. “Money” is one of the few hit singles ever to utilize a 7/4 time signature.
9. Parsons credits the band’s addiction to Monty Python’s Flying Circus for his ability to work in his ideas while they were distracted. 
10. The entire song cycle had been illegally issued as a bootleg LP long before the band finished the album.
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Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Documentary

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 Alien Structures on the Moon

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4. London Calling
London Calling is the third studio album by English punk rock band The Clash. It was released in the United Kingdom on December, 14 1979 through CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 through Epic Records. The album represented a change in The Clash's musical style, featuring elements of ska, funk, pop, soul, jazz, rockabilly, and reggae more prominently than in their previous two albums.
The album's subject matter included social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood.The album received unanimously positive reviews and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. London Calling was a top ten album in the UK, and its lead single "London Calling" was a top 20 single. It has sold over five million copies worldwide,and was certified platinum in the United States. (Courtesy

The Clash- "London Calling"

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London Calling Trivia
  • "The Guns of Brixton" was written and sung by which Clash member? Paul Simonon. Strummer and the rest of the band managed to persuade Simonon to sing it after it evolved from a short bass reggae riff played by Paul.
  • Where was the iconic photo of Paul Simonon smashing up his Fender Bass Guitar on the "London Calling" album cover taken? New York Palladium. It was taken by Clash photographer Penny Smith.
  • What does the title track of the album "London Calling" allude to? A station identification call used in WW2. The title track alludes to the BBC World Service's station identification: "This is London calling...", that was used during World War II. Similarly, this was the message the Clash wished to send out to the world.
  • What is the album cover of "London Calling" meant to imitate? An Elvis Presley Cover. Ironically, Penny Smith didn't want the shot used because she felt that it wasn't technically good. However, it has progressed to become an iconic picture, and Paul's smashed up Fender bass is on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now.
  • Where was "London Calling" recorded? Wessex Studios. "The Vanilla Tapes" were recorded by the Clash themselves in their rehearsal venue and were unreleased until 2004 when they were released as part of the remastered 25th anniversary version of "London Calling". (Courtesy

Clash Accept Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003)

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"London Calling" Facts
  • This is an apocalyptic song, detailing the many ways the world could end, including the coming of the ice age, starvation, and war. It was the song that best defined The Clash, who were known for lashing out against injustice and rebelling against the establishment, which is pretty much what Punk Rock was all about.
  • Rolling Stone magazine named this the best album of the '80s, even though It was actually released in December, 1979.
  • The title came from the BBC World Service's radio station identification: "This is London calling..." The BBC used it during World War II. 
  • In 2002, The Clash were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and it was rumored that Bruce Springsteen would join them to perform at the ceremony. The remaining members declined, as they felt playing a $1500-a-plate dinner for music executives would go against everything they stood for. Said bass player Paul Simonon: "I think it's better for The Clash to play in front of their public, rather than a seated and booted audience." (Courtesy
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