June 3, 2009 at 21:26 (Completely Random, Too Political)

What does moshing say about my generation? Anarchy? Mob Rule? Democracy? Peer Pressure? Is there a difference?

I was at a concert recently and I guess it’s the first time I’ve seen active moshing. In my minds eye I always pictured moshing as a group type dance where the crowd was so close together it moved as one, but that’s not what it was at this concert. This mosh pit was entirely selfish, essentially a shoving match. If they weren’t pushing, shoving, elbowing, charging or hitting they weren’t dancing. This was a crowd of individuals attempting to be the “best” at moshing, nothing like the unity I imagined.

In my opinion dancing at a concert should express an appreciation for the artist or the message in the lyrics. However at this particular concert the moshers, not all of them, but the instigators, were entirely unconcerned with the music. If the music was to slow or quiet to warrant moshing they would leave the crowd and go to the edges, unconcerned with the effort of the musicians, or even worse they’d walk through the crowd and try and convince others to join the mosh once the music picked up. To me this is as bad as talking during a stage production. Now I feel like I’m being negative so let me give you some perspective, of the moshers about 2/3rds were there just to knock heads, but at most that was only about 1/10th of the total crowd. So some of the moshers were using the pit to increase their energy, which I personally don’t think is wrong.

Wow I’ve been gone for a while, if I was gonna say more I can’t remember it. (¿ This seems like it’s turning into a pattern on my blogs ?) But I do have one more thing I want to dive into, what does moshing say about my generation?

So what does moshing say about my generation? Well in my “Ideal Mosh Pit” (I’ll just say IMP from now on, wait a second isn’t that a demonic guide?) You have an example of  “mob rule”, where the majority sets the tone for the pit and the minority get trampled underfoot. My IMP is probably a result of my upbringing in a democratic society. Just so you know our government is not a democracy, but we are slowly heading in that direction. We are, in fact, a republic where we have representatives decide the laws, but because of media and public polls we are being organized into a sleeper democracy, where the “majority rules”, and we blindly follow not even questioning if what the media says is truly the consensus of the “Mob”. In fact this is exactly why we don’t have a straight democracy, because our forefathers realized the mob is to easily influenced and eventually turns into an autocracy. But because we’ve failed to elect upstanding citizens, we’re now left with politicians, a group of people so inbred they are no longer born with spines or guts.

Wow that was a long tangent, and probably too revealing about me. Any ways, back on subject. The Moshing I saw was nothing like my IMP. Like I said before it was more of a crowd of individuals, the best way I can describe it is like a rebellion against each other. Anarchy, but active anarchy, in my opinion anarchy should be blase, as in rules don’t apply go with the flow. But it seems like it’s never that way instead it’s more of a destruction of rules, where the rules are actively sought out and ignored or disobeyed. Any way that’s how it was in the moshing, these weren’t individuals dancing their own dance with no regard to the others around them, but they were actively seeking out other dancers to go up against.



  1. workplaythink said,

    Interesting observation. Maybe the term ‘mosh’ isn’t appropriate here. I understand the moshers or ‘slammers’. The music creates an adrenaline, much like an athlete geared up at a sporting event, and then wanting to express the extra energy, but there is an etiquette to real slam dancing. A mutual respect among slammers and some regard (designated area) for others. What you are describing was neither. Sounds like a newer generation is coming up with something else that isn’t moshing. What, then, shall we call them? Darwin dancers? Narcissistic Canines…how about simply A-holers?

  2. Lee Pledger said,

    Well written!
    I also very much enjoyed work@plays info.

    I am incredibly happy that the entire phenomomon was well after “my” concert time:-)

    Which would be the ’70’s, for the most part. In retrspect, even at Led Zepelin & Aerosmith, people didnt get out of hand. Maybe they were just too…relaxed:-)

    Bonus points for palindrome!


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