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Tales From The Pit: Matt Fox of Shai Hulud Gropes Girl at They Might Be Giants Show

We've been talking to bands to hear their best pit stories. This week, we've got a tale from Matt Fox, guitarist for Shai Hulud.

"I learned pretty early on I wasn't suited for "moshing", though I certainly had no idea I could sustain an injury simply standing in "the pit"...

At a They Might Be Giants show.

For those unfamiliar with They Might Be Giants, they're not terribly mosh-friendly, a far cry from Slayer in speed and aggression (and Satanism for that matter) and inspire more pogo hops than anything else - there is, however, the odd stage dive. I didn't expect it, and I didn't see it coming, but I felt it well enough. I'm not sure if it was a stray hand that belted me, or if the diver and I collided forehead to forehead, regardless, it smarted. The shock of the impact was brief; the shock of the one and a half seconds that followed lasted a good 15 fifteen years plus, as I'm here retelling this story from 1992 in 2009.

So there I am, after getting good and smacked, holding the culprit in the air with another person who's got her legs. Me? I've got her breasts. All two of them. One in each hand. How they got there, I have no idea. I was too busy getting physically smashed to intentionally grope anyone. She scowled at me, and then I pawned her off on the person to my left. If they got past second base with her, I'll never know."

In the next installment of "Tales from the Pit" we'll hear from Angela and Justin from Facedown band The Great Commission. To give you an idea, it involved barbed wire, fireworks, and baseball bats.

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1. Bla bla bla writes:

I just 100% of whatever respect I had for you when you siad I was moshing at the They might be Giants Show. and to make it worse you got your a$$ handed to you, I don't think you have to feel bad for groping a underage girl becuase you are one!!

# May 26, 2009 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. XWigglesX writes:

Get f***ed.
That was a good story, I'm enjoying these I must say.

# May 26, 2009 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Nihilist writes:

I remember having similar situacion, but I was the one who dived

# May 26, 2009 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. SHREDDER13 writes:

This kind of stuff happens at every show...nothing new for me

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# May 26, 2009 @ 4:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Androphobic writes:

lol ah, nothing like a good groping session.

lol @ # 3

# May 26, 2009 @ 5:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. inhatredofme writes:

i'm pretty sure a chick is inviting some form of groping just by hopping on the top of people's hands.

# Jun 2, 2009 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jenny writes:

Interesting, but yeah, post 6 has a point. Ladies should consider sticking to headbanging, moshing, and crowd surfing (on their BACKS). If a chick isn't thinking and dives with her breasts faced down into the swarms of hands below her, she shouldn't get angry if she gets touched somewhere she doesn't approve of; of course it's odd, but accidents happen. If you know guys will do that on purpose, then don't dive. Duh?! Haha ok, but I still think it's a funny story!

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# Jun 2, 2009 @ 11:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. SHREDDER13 writes:

^ Correct me if I'm wrong but, didn't you experience something similar to this at an Amon Amarth show? I think it involved headbanging onstage with the guys and then diving back into the crowd? Or am I confusing you with another person?

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# Jun 2, 2009 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jenny writes:

^I did attend an Amon Amarth show; I crowd surfed on my back, but when I got to the stage I only stood there for about 3 seconds, and then I was led to the back of the stage where I had to go around to get back, so I did not dive into the crowd. Just for additional info, security prohibited stage diving during the show for some reason.

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# Jun 3, 2009 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Dark_Funeral writes:

when a girl crowd surfs on her back most people just play "grab ass" instead. same principle, right?
and there's always the girl who wears a skirt to a show and crowd surfs...need i say any more?

# Jun 3, 2009 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Jenny writes:

Dark_Funeral: Got that right. Like everything else, nothing always goes innocent; there are people out there who will grab ass, you are correct; but wearing a skirt while crowd surfing? I think we all know what to call that sort of chick *wink wink, nudge nudge*. So far I've had no problems when I crowd surf. Either that or I don't notice cuz I don't ask for it. I understand that a person has to be held up somehow lol. People may have their hands on a chick's ass, but others will do the grabbing motion; I say move on. It's not worth making a huge scene over. Jerks are jerks.

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# Jun 3, 2009 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Jenny writes:

Whoa, the word a$$ isn't censored anymore. Bruce d***inson!

# Jun 3, 2009 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Jenny writes:

Ok that's just weird...eh.

# Jun 4, 2009 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. SHREDDER13 writes:

Jenny - Thanks for clearing things up! Oh and just for the record, stage diving is prohibited at almost every gig that has security working near the stage. That's why it's so fun to crowd surf up on to the stage, followed by 3 seconds of head and fist banging, and then diving back in before security gets to you lol.

P.S. - The word a$$ is not being censored because you added a comma after it. Watch check it out... a$$ ass, a$$ ass, ass) ass* ass^ ass[

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# Jun 4, 2009 @ 2:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. XWigglesX writes:

STAGE DIVES AND HIGH FIVES ITS STILL HARDCORE.

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