Thesis on moshing

Could be interesting:

Gabby Riches, a master’s student in the faculty of physical education, is writing her thesis on mosh pits for a degree in recreation and leisure studies.

Riches, 25, has been a heavy metal fan since she was 15. During her undergraduate degree, she decided to combine her hobby and her studies and asked one of her professors if she could do a paper on metal music and immigrant integration.

Her professor liked it, so she did another paper on women’s experiences in heavy metal. She realized she was interested in music fans, so that led her to study mosh pits for her graduate degree. Riches also runs a student group called Heavy Metal on Campus.

Moshing started in the early 1980s in the American hard core punk scene. A band called Bad Brains used to yell at their audience to “mash it up.”

“But the singer had a thick Jamaican accent, so people heard ‘mash’ as ‘mosh,’” said Riches. – Edmonton Journal

A use for academics and English-speaking Canada in the same post. Awesome.

0 thoughts on “Thesis on moshing”

  1. the public must know says:

    They should really do a study on acceleration-deceleration brain injury due to headbanging.

  2. Anus botherer says:

    This is why nobody takes academia seriously anymore.

  3. Xasthur - Depress Yourself (out in November on Psychopathic Records) says:

    [Malefic:]
    Yo, man… There’s a lot of hipsters out there flakin’ and perpetratin
    But scared to really kill themselves
    [Hipster:]
    Man, you’ve been doing all this dope automutilation
    You had a chance to show ’em how it’s done…
    [Malefic:]
    So, what you want me to do?

    Depress Yourself…

    [Malefic:]
    I’m depressin’ with my full capabilities
    And now I’m livin’ in a mental facility
    Cause some don’t agree with how I cut this
    I get straight, put the blade to my wrist
    I’m drippin’ blood, my behaviour is self-pitying
    I close the curtains and put on Nirvana’s Lithium
    Blame it on my parents… Because they put me on this world
    I spent all of my teenage years without a girl
    Add that I’m suicidal
    And I use drugs
    Wish someone please would just give me a hug
    Cuz I’m sad. Cuz no one understands me
    I don’t think anyone else can feel this lonely
    and tired. I think I’m gonna end it
    And don’t try to stop me bitch!
    As I add a can of zyklon-B
    To my ebay wishlist

    Even if Sunn O)))
    Sells cd’s to dumbos
    I still depress, yo, I need money to smoke crack
    Cause its known to give a brother brain damage
    And that’s good cuz I want my brains to vanish
    Into nuthin’
    And you and me are all equal
    Let’s be a Per Ohlin sequel…

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

    [Hipster:]
    Hipster music, is not for the pop chart
    So where should a hipster like you start depressin yourself?
    My boy’ll show you how
    Yo Malefic
    What Up?
    Drop some sleeping pills right about

    [Malefic:]
    Now, gettin’ back to my suicide
    Yeah that’s my dream, and it’s alright
    Malefic is back. New tracks, just as hollow
    Depressin’ is my subject
    Because 14-year-olds like to follow
    The words, the style, the trend,
    The records I sell
    Again and again and again
    Yo, you on the other end
    Hanging from the ceiling from a rope with no help.
    There’s no stressin’ or cash-in
    I’m just depressin myself
    It’s crazy to see people be
    What society wants them to be. But not me!
    SUICIDAL…
    Is the way to go
    They know
    Others make albums that fail
    To be original
    Or what about deathcore trendies?
    Forget about Lord Satan
    Play just for technicality
    Some musicians listen to prog at home
    But scared to make progressive music
    When up in the studio
    Yeah, they want brutality
    But you won’t hear none
    They rather exaggerate some superstition
    Varg said no to jews and took a stand,
    But after prison he started using garageband
    But maybe now at least you’ll hear him on the radio
    Will you ever hear Xasthur? Hell no!
    Cuz you know my songs ain’t all about elves
    I’ll always leave suicide notes to…

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

    [Violent J:]
    A pessimist
    Yo Malefic is the name for
    That makes depressing records
    That’s what he came for
    Promoting suicide cutting open himself
    Cuz it’s important that you cut your arms to…

    [Malefic:]
    Depress yourself! From the heart
    Cause if you wanna start to be really dark
    Then depression is a big part of it
    You ain’t melancholic when you play, you ain’t shit
    Playing like a madman, sounding like a thrash band
    I will prove that you’re all just hoes
    I got atmospheres in my music, darker than a Marilyn Manson show
    Take a lesson – sing about depression
    And if you start bleedin,
    I got a little napkin for ya
    I might ignore your record because I’m not a guest singer
    I wrote my last album in the darkest of winter
    It’s Malefic on the mic, gettin suicidal
    Doin’ the dirt, Xasthur isn’t just for nerds!
    It’s for everyone, but you already know this
    I grew up on Fleetwood Mac, Carpenters and the Beatles
    I got no humor, I’m the product of babyboomers
    Malefic is the most depressed guy from the suburbs
    When I start depressin myself, hipsters, slam it
    Cause if choke myself like this I’ll only get brain damage
    I’ma be too depressed, and need a straight jacket
    Yeah I’m suicidal, and I’m ready to back it
    So, when you see Xasthur, an MDD on the crack
    Gues who’s is back – I’m back
    And we gettin black on this track
    Let’s do more drugs, why care about your mental health?
    I promise I’ll kill myself if you’ll just.. Depress yourself!

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

  4. THAT REALLY SUCKED AND NOW I'M ANGRY says:

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  5. indie faggot says:

    I’m angry too. Depressive suicidal might be totally overdone by now but Xasthur has some great albums.

  6. Xasthur - Depress Yourself (out in November on Psychopathic Records) says:

    (using the […] character fucked something up the first time)

    Malefic:
    Yo, man… There’s a lot of hipsters out there flakin’ and perpetratin
    But scared to really kill themselves
    Hipster:
    Man, you’ve been doing all this dope automutilation
    You had a chance to show ’em how it’s done…
    Malefic:
    So, what you want me to do?

    Depress Yourself…

    Malefic:
    I’m depressin’ with my full capabilities
    And now I’m livin’ in a mental facility
    Cause some don’t agree with how I cut this
    I get straight, put the blade to my wrist
    I’m drippin’ blood, my behaviour is self-pitying
    I close the curtains and put on Nirvana’s Lithium
    Blame it on my parents… Because they put me on this world
    I spent all of my teenage years without a girl
    Add that I’m suicidal
    And I use drugs
    Wish someone please would just give me a hug
    Cuz I’m sad. Cuz no one understands me
    I don’t think anyone else can feel this lonely
    and tired. I think I’m gonna end it
    And don’t try to stop me bitch!
    As I add a can of zyklon-B
    To my ebay wishlist

    Even if Sunn O)))
    Sells cd’s to dumbos
    I still depress, yo, I need money to smoke crack
    Cause its known to give a brother brain damage
    And that’s good cuz I want my brains to vanish
    Into nuthin’
    And you and me are all equal
    Let’s be a Per Ohlin sequel…

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

    Hipster:
    Hipster music, is not for the pop chart
    So where should a hipster like you start depressin yourself?
    My boy’ll show you how
    Yo Malefic
    What Up?
    Drop some sleeping pills right about

    Malefic:
    Now, gettin’ back to my suicide
    Yeah that’s my dream, and it’s alright
    Malefic is back. New tracks, just as hollow
    Depressin’ is my subject
    Because 14-year-olds like to follow
    The words, the style, the trend,
    The records I sell
    Again and again and again
    Yo, you on the other end
    Hanging from the ceiling from a rope with no help.
    There’s no stressin’ or cash-in
    I’m just depressin myself
    It’s crazy to see people be
    What society wants them to be. But not me!
    SUICIDAL…
    Is the way to go
    They know
    Others make albums that fail
    To be original
    Or what about deathcore trendies?
    Forget about Lord Satan
    Play just for technicality
    Some musicians listen to prog at home
    But scared to make progressive music
    When up in the studio
    Yeah, they want brutality
    But you won’t hear none
    They rather exaggerate some superstition
    Varg said no to jews and took a stand,
    But after prison he started using garageband
    But maybe now at least you’ll hear him on the radio
    Will you ever hear Xasthur? Hell no!
    Cuz you know my songs ain’t all about elves
    I’ll always leave suicide notes to…

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

    Violent J:
    A pessimist
    Yo Malefic is the name for
    That makes depressing records
    That’s what he came for
    Promoting suicide cutting open himself
    Cuz it’s important that you cut your arms to…

    Malefic:
    Depress yourself! From the heart
    Cause if you wanna start to be really dark
    Then depression is a big part of it
    You ain’t melancholic when you play, you ain’t shit
    Playing like a madman, sounding like a thrash band
    I will prove that you’re all just hoes
    I got atmospheres in my music, darker than a Marilyn Manson show
    Take a lesson – sing about depression
    And if you start bleedin,
    I got a little napkin for ya
    I might ignore your record because I’m not a guest singer
    I wrote my last album in the darkest of winter
    It’s Malefic on the mic, gettin suicidal
    Doin’ the dirt, Xasthur isn’t just for nerds!
    It’s for everyone, but you already know this
    I grew up on Fleetwood Mac, Carpenters and the Beatles
    I got no humor, I’m the product of babyboomers
    Malefic is the most depressed guy from the suburbs
    When I start depressin myself, hipsters, slam it
    Cause if choke myself like this I’ll only get brain damage
    I’ma be too depressed, and need a straight jacket
    Yeah I’m suicidal, and I’m ready to back it
    So, when you see Xasthur, an MDD on the crack
    Gues who’s is back – I’m back
    And we gettin black on this track
    Let’s do more drugs, why care about your mental health?
    I promise I’ll kill myself if you’ll just.. Depress yourself!

    Depress yourself…
    Do it good…
    Depress yourself…
    Come on do it…

  7. truth says:

    In your ideal Nietzschean Eurocentric fantasy land, “moshing” would been seen as degenerate behavior.

  8. let yo homies know who done it says:

    Now the funeral is over
    And all the tears are dried up
    Niggas hangin deep on the cut gettin fired up
    Lookin for the nigga who pulled his pistol on my homie
    An eye for an eye so now your life is what you owe me
    Look deep into the eyes of your motherfucking killa
    I want you to witness your motherfucking murda nigga
    And since you wants to kill then your ass has gots to fry
    But ain’t no police therefore your ass has gots to die
    We play the game for keeps and if you slipped I guess you sleep
    You showed no fuckin now your ass is six feet deep
    Cuz where I come from yo everybody’s gotta gat
    And niggas try your ass just to see where you got your heart at
    And if your shit is flimsy then your ass is gonna bend
    And like I said before they’ll be no tears in the end
    I’m rollin through your hood and now my heart is filled with anger
    You at your sister’s house now your sister’s life’s in danger
    (By a total stranger)
    With tha gang
    Niggas wanna bang ya
    And hang ya
    Stain ya wit one up in the chamber
    Let’s take a trip up Holaway
    So you can see how many niggas in my hood is down to die today
    We standin’ up for our own shit
    And if you outside the click then you die bitch
    (Quick)
    It ain’t no love in this motherfucker
    It ain’t no love for yourself or your other brother
    Uh because we real with this shit so we stay true
    And since we bang then we do what O.G. say do
    I’ve got the mind of the man in the mirror so I’m lookin’ at me vaguely
    But I can’t seem to fade me
    I’ve got my pistol pawn cocked
    Ready ta lay shots nonstop until I see your monkey ass drop
    And let your homies know who done it
    Cuz when it comes to this gangsta shit you motherfuckers know who run it
    (Uh)
    So when you put this motherfucker to the test
    You gotta realize somethin’ nigga: you fuckin’ wit the very best
    I got this killa up inside of me
    I can’t talk to my mother so I talk to my diary
    I’m goin’ off on the deep end
    I found myself face to face with myself while I’m sleepin’
    I see your picture in my head and my hand shake
    You can run, you can hide, but there’s no escape
    My inner feelings show no mercy on my enemy
    I got to get this mutherfucker fore he gets to me
    So in your own blood you’ll bathe
    And I won’t stop until I put this mutherfucker in his fuckin’ grave
    And I can say this once again
    You can cry but you’ll still die
    They’ll be no tears in the end

  9. metal is better without trends and moshing faggots says:

    A degree in recreation and leisure studies?

    “Could be interesting:”

    ??? lol Get the fuck out of here.

  10. Levy_Spearmen says:

    I don’t understand all these negative comments. What’s wrong with studying metal? Hell, I’ve dedicated my life to the inquiry of armpit hair. Did you know that the tip of one strand of armpit hair contains upwards of 10^6 molecules?!!

  11. emptiness uber alles says:

    NO MOSH! NO CORE! NO TRENDS! NO FUN

  12. Mastodon's first two albums! says:

    BAD BRAINS FOR THE WIN!!!

  13. Lord Mosher of the Crowded Pit says:

    Back in the day when most ofyou fuck were not even born, I was fucking moshing breaking bones and puking blood and windmill headbangin to reign in blood or battery inc.

    You had to be there when bands were in their prime to understand, but your weren’t so shut he fuck up posers!

  14. ^above says:

    I imagine that fat South Park WoW guy.

  15. @Lord Mosher of the Crowded Pit says:

    Back when it was called speed metal right?

  16. New York Hipster says:

    Since there are many rap fans among the commenters here, can anyone recommend me any good vegetarian rappers?

  17. Motherfuckin' ANUS blog posts says:

    Here’s some good rap, I know hessians don’t usually like it, but this is really brutal and intellectual an’ shit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKbdnwsGyLc

  18. dis da real shit, nigga says:

    Awwww Fuck! Chuck’s on a killing spree again
    With guillotines for men
    I walk around town with a frown on my face
    Fuck the whole world, fixing to catch a murder case
    The murder rate
    May increase if your caught up in the world
    While it’s dyin’, I guarantee your fryin’ cause I am
    On the verge of knocking muthafuckas out for no reason
    Once I get down there’ll be no breathin’ it seems when
    Muthafuckas wanna calm down, put his palm down
    Seems I gots to lay the law down
    Now its on pow what you to do? I’m askin’ you
    Step to face I’ll break your ass in two, bastard you
    Rather swim in some fuckin’ hot tar
    Before you fuck with Willie D cause what I got for
    Your ass will make your shit your meal
    Cause it’s “Die muthafuckas, die muthafuckas!” still
    How many niggas brought they irons tonight? [Tell me]
    How many niggas wanna ride tonight? [I do]
    Pick out our victims when the time is right
    We get they ass up off the corner cause they dyin’ tonight
    Niggas be all up in my mug
    But it’s a different story when them muthafuckas coughing up blood
    [When he died, looking in his eyes, was he as he cried]
    I bust another cap in his ass and he died, time is 5
    Niggas be shootin’ the gif like they for real
    But when it jumps, they ain’t got no murder skills
    So Bill just chops ’em down, watch ’em fall
    And cut they ass head to toe, jaw to jaw
    But I’mma make your bitch ass holla
    Cause I’mma put a hole in your head
    The size of a half a dolla
    [Fuck around and get your cap peeled cause this is]
    “Die muthafucka, die muthafucka!” [kill]

  19. hahaha no says:

    “[…]women’s experiences in heavy metal[…]”

    Stopped reading there. GTFO Angela Gossow. Also, there is no use for Canada.

  20. i want asperger says:

    Moshing is retarded

  21. i want asperger says:

    coming here to say that is also retarded, oh well, i’m an idiot!

  22. Nidimal says:

    Is this supposed to be anecdotal?

    I sure hope so, otherwise ANUS has gone down the toilet, concerning journalism.

  23. i want asperger says:

    pointing out things about retarded comments is also retarded

    infinite loop

  24. Adrian says:

    Shut your wigger asses up!!!!

    FUCK ICP, FUCK KORN, AND FUCK SLIPKNOT!!!!

    FUCK WIGGER METAL!!!!

  25. @Adrian says:

    I BET IF YOU POSTED COMMENTS LIKE THAT ON EVERY SINGLE CANNIBAL CORPSE VIDEO YOU WOULD BE #1 COMMENTER IN EVERYONE BRO

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