Headbanging and Moshing All Around
Headbanging is violently shaking the head in time with the music, most commonly in the rock, punk and heavy metal music genres.
The origin of the term “headbanging” is contested. It is possible that the term “headbanger” was coined during Led Zeppelin’s first US tour in 1969.During a show at the Boston Tea Party, audience members in the first row were banging their heads against the stage in rhythm with the music.
Whiplash – Metallica
Album: Kill ‘Em All
A tribute to Metallica’s headbanging fans, this song captures the feeling of thrashing to the music in concert. Whiplash is a pretty serious medical condition, and enough headbanging can bring it on, causing injuries similar to those sustained in a car accident.
Bang your head against the stage
Like you never did before
Make it ring, make it bleed
Make it really sore
In 2009, Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya began experiencing spinal problems due to his aggressive form of headbanging, and had to undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
Lemmy from Motörhead, said in an interview on the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, that the term “Headbanger” may have originated in the band’s name, as in “Motorheadbanger”.
Ian Gillan, frontman of Deep Purple, when asked if he invented headbanging, said, “That’s a definite possibility”.
Destrucción – V8
In 2011, Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine said that his neck and spine condition, known as stenosis was caused by many years of headbanging
There are various styles of headbanging. Various styles are often mixed according to taste and to the tempo and heaviness of the music. They can also be performed with eyes closed and/or in combination with hand gestures such as the sign of the horns, singing, yelling, and lip syncing. Headbangers’ bodies usually bang with the head, reducing the strain on the neck and making the body move in a serpentine, up-and-down fashion to the music. There are a number of different stances a headbanger can adopt, from a wide stance with one foot farther in front of the other to feet wide apart to either side. The stance chosen is usually determined to gain the best base for the headbanger to keep their balance and avoid falling over. Another popular style of headbanging is windmill headbanging, in which the headbanger leans forward and swings their head in a circular motion, causing longer hair to fly outwards, creating the ‘windmill’.
Headbanging Man – Grave Digger
Album: Heavy Metal Breakdown
Metal music blows your heads
And metal maniacs bang to death
The air roars like a machine gun
Banging devils on the run
Moshing, also known early on as “slamdancing”, is a style of dance whose participants push or slam into each other. It is most associated with “aggressive” music genres, such as hardcore punk and numerous styles of metal. It is primarily done to live music, although it can be done to recorded music.
Caught In A Mosh – Anthrax
Album: Among the Living
In this song, Anthrax relates getting caught in a mosh pit to dealing with stubborn, annoying person. When you get stuck in a mosh pit, it can be frustrating and can wear you down in a hurry. (Nick K – Longmont, CO)
Can’t stand it for another day
I ain’t gonna live my life this way
Cold sweat, my fists are clenching
Stomp, stomp, stomp, the idiot convention
when i went to a anthrax concert in 1984 this song was played and i broke a few bones in the mosh pit 🙂 – Dylan, Euclid, OH
The term mosh came into use in the early 1980s American hardcore scene in Washington, D.C. Early on, the dance was frequently spelled mash in fanzines and record liner notes, but pronounced mosh, as in the 1982 song “Total Mash” by the D.C.-based hardcore band Scream. H.R. of the band Bad Brains, regarded as a band that “put moshing on the map,”used the term mash in lyrics and in concert stage banter to both incite and to describe the aggressive and often violent dancing of the scene. To “mash it up” was to go wild with the frenzy of the music.
Joey DeMaio of American heavy metal band Manowar has been known to temporarily stop concerts upon seeing moshing and crowd surfing, claiming it is dangerous to other fans
“I just want to say one thing to you, you young, college lughead-types. I’ve been watchin’ people like you sluggin’ around other people for seven years. And you know what? It’s the same shit. I wish you’d understand that in an environment like this, and in a setting like this, it’s fairly inappropriate and unfair to the rest of the people around you. I, and we, publicly take a stand against moshin” Billy Corgan
Moshing Pit by Pof Obag – Digital Artist