MEET THE KING
OF STONER ROCK MOVIES
(JUST IN TIME FOR 4/20)
By now most everybody (stoned or otherwise) knows
that watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyds
Dark Side of the Moon unspools a motherload of eerie synchronicities.
But did you know that the same thing happens when you combine
Led Zeppelin IV and The Fellowship of the Ring? Or The Matrix
and Metallicas Black Album?
Fellowship of the IV and The Black Matrix are just two of the
17 full-length DVDs that you can pick up at SyncMovies.com. Other
bizarre mash-ups include The Ozzorcist (Black Sabbath meets The
Exorcist) and Nevermind the Memento (Nirvanas Nevermind
with Memento). The man behind the site and creator of these artifacts
of black magic goes by the name The DeVille, a 48-year-old
Atlanta-area native who does not reveal his real name for legal
reasons. A doctor of synchronicity, he employs what he calls the
rainbow connection to find them, looking for themes between
the music and the film and then testing his theories via countless
hours of trial and error. He happened upon the concept in 1999
when his son Rey hipped him to the legend of The Dark Side of
Oz. It just made my hair stand up, says The DeVille
of the first time he watched it.
Compelled by his discovery, The Deville quit his job in the collections
department at the IRS and took a job at a video production company
so he could hone what he was doing. Since then, The DeVille has
devoted himself to making sync videos. His projects feature top-of-the
line audio (some feature his own 5.1 surround sound mixes) and
picture quality, and many come with subtitles featuring the movies
original dialogue (as well as disclaimers urging his customers
to support the studios and artists by buying the original movies
and albums). Rock Daily decided to put some of these syncs to
the test, and our results are below.
Movie: Fellowship of the IV
Combines: Led Zeppelins IV and Peter Jacksons The
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Whoa! Level: Extremely high. Geek out to the highest
level with this had-to-happen pairing. Robert Plant was obsessed
enough with author J.R.R. Tolkiens work to include Rings
references in a number of Zeppelin songs. Packed to the hilt with
synchronicities, this may be the one sync to rule them all.
Hot Sync: Frodo sheds a tear as Robert Plant sings Dont
it make you feel sad when your trying to find your way home?
Movie: Nevermind the Memento
Combines: Nirvanas Nevermind and the 2000 thriller Memento
Whoa! Level: High. While the themes of Memento and
Nevermind mesh well (alienation, self-loathing, references to
guns), the fact that the scenes in this movie play out backwards
means this is not the best disc to dive into for newbies.
Hot Sync: When its revealed that Leonard has written Hes
the one on the back of a photo, it echoes the chorus to
Movie: Planes, Trains, and Candy-O
Combines: The Cars Candy-O and the John Candy / Steve Martin
vehicle Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Whoa! Level: Medium. The DeVille has found a few hundred
places where the movie and the music speak the same words at the
same time, and hes got the subtitles to prove it. This is
an example of the lighter side of syncs.
Hot Sync: Ric Ocasek sings about a clock machine as
Steve Martin is checking his watch.