Having shifted approximately 45 million copies worldwide, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the biggest-selling albums ever. But how much do you know about the seminal 1973 release? Covering everything from A-list omissions to Grammy snubs, here’s a look at 40 facts about a record that changed the face of rock forever.
40. It almost had a different name
Pink Floyd’s masterpiece might have been named something else entirely had Medicine Head not flopped with their 1972 LP of the same name. After hearing that the British blues-rock outfit had also recorded an album called Dark Side of the Moon, David Gilmour and co. thought about releasing their opus under the name Eclipse (A Piece for Assorted Lunatics). However, the band members stuck with its original title when hardly anyone bought Medicine Head’s third LP.