I went to my first (and only) rave a little while ago (it was
called FLIGHT™ for those of you who care or were unfortunate enough to be at it
too)....IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST PATHETIC THINGS I HAVE EVER
WITNESSED. I had been to the Trocadero, in Philadelphia, once
before and saw a computer music type band, Sister Machine Gun, play there and it was one of
the best shows I've ever seen. Unfortunately, this trip to the
Troc was nothing like the last one. I'm just glad it's over
with. I got sick after I got back from the rave because of all
the damned smoke and crap that surrounded me while I was there.
The only reason I even went was to do a report on it for a music class I was
taking at the time.
Everyone at the rave seemed to single me out as "The guy who
must be a drug dealer". I guess I have "the drug dealer look"
because I was standing up against the wall with like 20 other
people standing right next to me. But people would walk up to
ONLY ME and ask me if I had any acid or weed or "extasy" (I hope
I spelled that right and didn't offend any of you people who do
that stuff. Wait what am I saying, I hope I pissed you off BIG
TIME if I spelled it incorrectly. DIE DRUGGIE DIE!). I don't know
what I did that made people think I was a drug dealer, but that
only made the evening more annoying. I had to stay from midnight
until roughly 6am at the thing. It was also the WORST techno
music I have ever heard, it was so basic it wasn't even funny.
It was mostly repetitive drum beats, you know, the typical "THUD
THUD THUD THUD" drum beat. And then there was plenty o' bass to
accompany it. This is why I hated the music. Most techno music I've
listened to has a lot more keyboards and changes in it, but this
music just bored the hell out of me.
One of the DJ's got in a fight with someone too because
some guy bumped his table and made one of the tracks skip or something...Which
was funny because everyone at the raves are supposed to be "high 'n
happy" and kind to each other (just like those damned hippies).
I actually noticed that most ravers, but not all, take A LOT of
offense to my sarcastic/criticizing remarks about the rave. One of my
friends, who I won't name because he'd probably get mad if I
mentioned his name, got in an argument with me recently. It's
fine because he can take my remarks and all, but we argued this
point: He believes raves are far from being "mainstream™" and I
do not. First of all, I don't think there is anything wrong with
being mainstream, but he really got serious when we argued
this point. When I see THAT many people going to rave's all the
time, I'd say it's mainstream, just like a lot of the music I
listen to. So I don't see any problem with that. I'm always amused with
those people who try their hardest to find the worst music in the world
to listen to just so they can say, "At least I'm not mainstream". Come on folks,
How stupid is that? Listen to what sounds good to you. Oh well, back
to the rave itself.
I had people trying to give me acid stickers, some guy actually
tried to put one on me to force me to try to get me high (probably so he
could steal my wallet or something), but I shoved him out of the way and
threatened to kill him if he did it again. We also had to wait in line for an
hour just to get into the thing and it was sub-zero temperatures
with the wind chill. Plus it started raining, ugh... I'm
just glad I was on the guest list so I didn't have to pay the 10
bux that everyone else had to do. I would have been even angrier had
I paid 10 bux for that huge waste of time. You know, I've heard
classical music makes you smarter and it's good to listen to
when you study. Well I think the music that was played at this
club had just the opposite effect. I couldn't believe some of
the morons at this thing. People tried to look
different as they possibly could (which made them all the same in fact).
There were stupid girls with barely anything on and then they're
standing outside in line wondering why they are so cold
(hopefully they got pneumonia).
I must admit, there were some humorous times during the evening.
You know those glow-sticks that you bend and then they glow with a neon
green color for a long time? The same things that kids carry around with them on
Halloween and stuff. Well one guy had one of them in his mouth
to make himself look really weird. Actually, I saw a few people
with them in their mouths, but this guy made quite a big
mistake. He didn't take into account that he might accidentally
chew on it....so it burst and he had tons of glowing green drool
coming out of his mouth mouth and ran outside. That was the last
I saw of him. I can't tell you how funny it was seeing the green
stuff drip from his mouth. I think that green stuff is toxic
too, isn't it? It had to be one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen in my life.
My friend had a nice scare when he was sitting against the wall as
a cockroach climbed down his shirt. I guess that was his cue to stop standing against
the wall with me, cuz he went to dance or something. Oh yeah, the dancing.
Besides that I think dancing is a stupid thing to begin with,
the club owners LET EVERYONE into this rave. I believe they even
sold extra tickets at the door that night. Some of the people were
too young to be around all those drugs anyway. Then again, nobody should
have to be around that shite at any age if ya ask me. So, it was WAY too
overcrowded and everyone was wondering why they had no room to
dance. They should have just said, "Forget this, if we can't
dance, lets hurt each other!" and started a mosh pit instead.
Although I think moshing is really stupid too, it would have
been amusing to see a bunch of people that were "tripping"
trying to push and shove and kill each other. I can see that guy
with the glow-stick in his mouth getting shoved in the mosh pit
and then accidentally swallowing the thing and winds up with a
glowing stomach for the rest of his life.
I don't mean to compare this Flight™ rave to all the other raves,
I'm sure there are some where people can say they had a good time. I'm sure
there are raves that I might find the music to be better
because much of the music I listen to is computer-influenced (if
not totally computer-generated). Still, this rave is all I
really wanted/needed to know about the activities that go on
during a rave. At least, it backed up my hatred for the mixing
of drugs and dancing even more. I'm sure most people that are
into raves and stuff will not appreciate this article in the
least bit, but would you rather me lie to ya? I mean, even most
of the people at this rave thought it was a bad one. We're
talking about people who go to rave's 2-3 times a week most of
the time. They thought it was bad, so I guess it was my horrible
luck that I happened to be at the worst rave in the history of the world.
Honestly though, I have heard MUCH better techno music than I
heard at this one. Ok that's all that I have to say about raves.
I'm gonna go read the paper now and see if there are any good
bagpipe bands coming around here anytime soon! Aye!