A 12-Year-Old Reviews 'The Dark Side of the Moon'

My 12-year-old stepson, Lewis, whose favorite band is Green Day, had never heard Pink Floyd before. I'm not sure how he's managed this — his grandfather plays in a Pink Floyd tribute band for goodness sake. So I thought we could sit down one rainy evening, have him listen hard to 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon and pass the verdict of a new generation on one of the most iconic albums of the 20th century.

It was an auspicious beginning; when he was informed the album would be 45 minutes long, he responded, "Forty-five minutes?! Are there like 20 songs on it?" I replied that no, there were nine, and he seemed genuinely horrified. I think the days of listening to an album in order, all the way through, might be on their way out. Then when the album started, he kept turning it up because he didn't understand why the album started out silent.

Oh, dear. Welcome to '70s prog, Lewis.

"Speak To Me/Breathe"

"Interesting." (said in a very skeptical voice)

"On the Run"

"Is there a war on or something?"

"Time"

"A proper song! It took three songs to get to a real song! It's about bloody time." (He really did say that.)

"The Great Gig in the Sky"

"What's going on? I don't understand Pink Floyd."

"The backing music was kind of nice, and it suited the screaming lady. Wasn't that bad."

"Money"

"What's the deal with all these intros?"

"How is money a crime?!"

"I was a little bit bored. I wasn't like, 'Oh, this is a good song.' It's just an OK song. I've heard better and heard worse."

"Us and Them"

"This seems like the kind of song they'd have in a posh restaurant."

"Any Colour You Like"

"Speechless. It was just too crazy. It's like somebody in a crazy asylum getting gradually more sane but then relapsing into even more crazy."

"Brain Damage"

"The music was pretty good, it all came together. I liked the backup singers, they were good."

"Eclipse"

"Started off pretty well. I thought it was going to go on though, and it didn't. So it ended very badly. Why did they end it there?"

Lewis' overall verdict?

"BAD. I would only recommend this if it was the last CD left on Earth and all other music had been destroyed. It did have good parts, but it was mainly bad. I'm sad now. That was not a good album. It was a waste of 45 minutes. I'd say it should be in the worst 10 records ever made, not one of the 10 best. It was at least better than Justin Bieber, but that's not hard."

Ouch. Still, this will all change when he goes to college.

 
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smmoulder
smmoulder

This amused my girlfriend and i to no end even if we are die-hard fans of Pink Floyd and DSotM. My (now 18 year old) son definitely only liked a couple songs for several years (which was enough for me). I did give him the occasional reminder about "albums" versus songs, but that didn't click till 17. And really only for DSotM.

Pink Floyd are not his favorite, but now he loves this one album. Even saw Laser Floyd with us!

Obama2012
Obama2012

When I was 12 years old back in 1980 I couldn't stand PF except for a couple of their popular songs like Another (Brick In The Wall). You can't expect a kid to comprehend their music and subject matter as it definitely takes a bit of maturity and some life experience to grasp what they're talking about.

kiss_dennis
kiss_dennis

If this twelve year old was deferential to Dark Side of the Moon. He likely would have found Pipers at the Gates of Dawn totally freaky. Of course, that album was Pink Floyd's first album. When Sid was doing the writing. And, I believe Sid is the person that The Wall was based upon.

 

beginning
beginning

Gavin,

 

I commend you on introducing your child to Pink Floyd.  He may not appreciate it now but chances are the introduction will have a profound influence on him in his later years.  My father introduced Another Brick On The Wall when I was five, and that experience totally converted me to Pink Floyd. 

KCEPITAPH
KCEPITAPH

When my daughter was about the same age(which would have made it about 1996), I played "In the Court of the Crimson King" and expected the same response that this kid gave to DSOTM. But she loved it. Said it was weird, but very good.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Having a 12 year old talk about PF is just like having the same child comment on your retirement holdings!!  Sorry Gavin,this was a "dumb as shit" story on your part. 

 

BTW, First time I saw PF live was in 75.  Before your mom hit puberty I'd guess!

Tennickly
Tennickly

Anyone whose favourite band is Green Day clearly has piss poor taste in music.

ds615
ds615

I agree with the kid.  

I don't get the hype for what is essentially a barely tolerable album.

wildancrazy159
wildancrazy159

Its to late for abortion i assume? That said, i have made all my kids listen to My favorite music since they were babes. Classical, Jazz,  60s/70s rock, folk  and psychedelic. Pink floyd had been playing around them most days, and in the car we would have music discussions where we would play each of of favorites, and criticizes their immature taste (Yes, i told them that 'insync' and some other bubblegum from the 90s was crap, but i heard it out..for at least a few minutes or my ears began to bleed) . 

   In all seriousness, kids do not like what we like, its built in to oppose the oppressor (Parents) tastes, and without that spark of defiance, music would not progress very well. So screw the little bastages, force feed the good stuff, it takes root and shows later when they actually have something intelligent to say...And a job..

uncoveror
uncoveror

The Dark Side of the Moon was not on trial here, his taste was. He has been found guilty of not having any. Don't worry though, kids usually don't. If he feels the same way about it in college, then let him keep listening to whatever teen pop is "in" for those 15 minutes.

wmtsouth
wmtsouth

You forgot to get your son high, ass fuck.

lizard10
lizard10

"I think the days of listening to an album in order, all the way through, might be on their way out." Other things that may be "on their way out" are leaded gasoline, phones with dials, and manual typewriters. Just to let you know. (And in case you think I'm some snarky 20 something, I'm not. I'm a snarky almost-50 something. I just try to notice the world as it is changing, not stumble through it in a haze wondering why it's not 1980 anymore. (Based on genetics, I'll start doing THAT in about 20 more years.))

billyjoe
billyjoe

You forgot to sit him in a reclining chair and put those big, cushy 70s-style earphones on his head. 

Stevart
Stevart

When he goes to college and starts smoking pot.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

 @WhoKnows He says my retirement holdings are very respectable, though, so I trust him

kiss_dennis
kiss_dennis

 @Tennickly Hey, Green Day is some righteous music for its' genre. But, the music of PF is from a different era, different world realities. The common world reality is common is...the arrogant military intrusion of a crtain nation into other nations. Which both bands make reference to in their music. Therefore, as a previous poster pointed out. Perhaps this twelve year ols's taste in music may evolve to appreciate Pink Floyd and other bands.

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

 @wildancrazy159 He said stepson; you get what you get with them.

 

We had crap bubblegum bands in the 60s.  And 50s, 70s, 40s, 80s, 90s, 00s.  Some of them were fun anyway.  And we get to keep the bits of amazing music from those periods, though some of it was amazing more for how it fit into the rest of the music or social scene of its time. And Floyd was amazing, DSotM is amazing. 

 

(On the other hand, "Money" really doesn't fit in with the rest of the album, and isn't close to their best, even if you were around in the right decades to get the social commentary.  I prefer the version from Poor Man's Whiskey's "Dark Side of the Moonshine" bluegrass album, which retitles it "Whiskey".)

 

Back in the 80s, a friend of mine's 13-year-old daughter was just discovering Bob Dylan for the first time.  Liked it, and it was very amusing to her mother.

allison_oaks
allison_oaks

 @wmtsouth This is where the proper use of punctuation is gravely needed. You've just implied that she should get her son high, then ass fuck him. No commas were needed in your reply. But it at least made me chuckle.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

 @lizard10 it's an obvious point to make, granted, and I was doing it in a "you don't say!" kind of way to start with, but you can't even buy any of the things you mentioned any more, whereas CDs, while nowhere near as popular as they used to be, as still pretty widely purchased. It was just striking to me how confusing and alien that was to him.

fhgk
fhgk

 @allison_oaks  @wmtsouth No. Here "Ass fuck" serves as a noun, not a verb. Commas are often used to separate the sentence from the person being addressed - i.e. Please listen to the album, Lewis. Even if he was using it as a verb there would need to be an and here as the Oxford comma is only applicable when the list uses 3 or more items. 

 

 
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