A "March Up", often used in ye olde England in a sentence "March Up The Town" ...meaning to either protest en masse against the political system, or, later to engage in hooliganism of many kinds....got appropriated and Patois-ized into "MASH up de town" by the Caribbean blacks who were emigrating and traveling back and forth to the UK, and that's how "gon' mash up de town" got into the lexicon of reggae/ska lyrics...and they pretty much used it in the same way, protest, gang action, general going out en masse with a posse to effect some sort of group "excitement" (Brixton, Islington, etc) which might also include some dancing...the proto punks of the UK as we already know (like the Clash etc.) were huge fans of reggae and ska, and appropriated it in it's shortened form "mash", in some cases maintaining it's meaning of political or social protest, but that bled over into the new mass-dancing and energy of the punk-rock movement.. but the English meets Cockney meets West Indian meets Jamaican accent certainly sounds way more like "mosh", and that's the way the Cali and NY punk kids in their respective language-challenged ears heard and re-appropriated it for further redefining as a way to describe THEIR en-masse energetic actions, specifically, in the Pit (remember when it used to be SLAM DANCING? I didn't think so). But in doing so, historically-revised it into something never or rarely thought of as BLACK in origin (indeed, I bet most of the denizens of the world of the modern American MOSH PIT would be loathe to incorporate little if any Africanism into their mostly white pursuit)... especially white-supremacist Skinhead types, though they might, in their ass-backwards way of "white-i-fying" everything, hearken back to the days of yore and say that the blacks who came to England were the one's who really modified it's original meaning. I wonder if in their urge to be ultra-correct, in a WHITE way, would start calling a Mosh pit a MARCH PIT! Unfortunately, most interesting slang that has been kicking around and morphing for centuries, comes to a sudden and boring, dumb-ass demise at the hands of young, white Americans.
"Mi g'wan mash up de town wit me mon WINSTON"
"DEREK...it's a mash up...oi!"
"isn't that JASON in the mosh pit?"
Polite violence enticed by sound
A living mass of mindless pain
Shoved out only to push in again
Lost in the moment, forget who you are
Lost in the music, hear only the guitar
Bass line drumming in your ears so loud
See the vibrations more then you hear the sound
Bash and clang of the drums echoes in your mind
Give in to the violent motions you’re sure you can find
Kick, push, punch, scream, and shove
An unbridled expression of hate and love
Move with the crowd that surrounds
Shoved down towards the shaking ground
Groans of joy escape a smiling face
Hauled back up to keep with the pace
Sweat and blood mixed and shared
The gift of being unprepared
A moan escapes from exhausted lips
The crowd freezes and the mood dips
Limping away with a scream for the band
You just moshed, and you can barely stand
2. I got knocked down in the middle of the pit and I got the shit kicked out of me. Kick ass!
2. Dude i broke my nose in the pits yesterday. IT WAS AWSOME!
the word originated in New York in the early 80s. The previous word for the dance was "slam". The origin is probably Yiddish, as is "mish-mosh" - something all mixed up. It was a specific New York Hardcore variation on slamming which went in a circle (usually counter-clockwise with the stage as 12:00). There was a variation to slower, chuggy music called the creepy-crawly. It may have been Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law) himself who coined the word