Here’s a dope piece of archival history – a 2002 MTV doc (back when they were doing those) called “The Social History of the Mosh Pit”. The whole cast of 2002 is here – Korn, Disturbed, Papa Roach, P.O.D, Method Man, Ice T, and the regular cast of talking heads from back when they started doing those Vh1/MTV specials (you know, Scott Ian, Dee Snider, etc.) Maybe you’ve forgotten how weird of a time 2002 was, but we were all kinda hungover from the late 90′s and everything was glitzy and MTV-ized, but still trying to be “edgy”, so here’s the fittingly MTV-ized version of history where Lollapalooza is what popularized stagedives, Eddie Vedder’s balcony leap in the “Even Flow” video was nothing less than a cultural zeitgiest (this according to John Joseph from the Cro-Mags, who likely was paid a handsome sum to say that) and anyone gives a fuck what Static-X thinks. Still, it’s remarkably comprehensive for what it is, as well as serving as a warm, fuzzy snapshot of a very specific period in time. Oh, and Ice T nails it about the fat guy in every pit trying to destroy everything in sight.
Is the mosh pit dangerous? Is it a release for misfit teens? Is it just a fad, or something much more? Only Kurt Loder knows for sure, so thank GOD we’ve got him here to help us understand what this craze is all about.
GIVE ME SOMETHING TO BREAK.