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On the Faint intro at RAR04, Chester says "pogo pogo pogo pogo". He is referencing another band's performance from a few years earlier I believe. Someone linked me a while back to a video on YouTube to like Slipknot or some other band, Limp Bizkit or something in the Netherlands where they said that before one of their songs.


Anyone have a clue? I'd like to add it to the RAR04 page.

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The pogo is a dance where the dancers jump up and down, while remaining in the same location; the dance takes its name from its resemblance to the use of a pogo stick, especially in a common version of the dance, where an individual keeps their torso stiff, their arms rigid, and their legs close together.

While similar to the religious dances of the Pentecostal faith and various African tribes, pogo dancing is perhaps most associated with punk rock, as both performers and audience members at punk rock performances often pogo; a pogo mob is a group of pogo dancers at a punk concert.


In The Filth and the Fury, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious claims that he invented the pogo sometime around 1976. At punk shows in the early days of London's punk scene, Vicious wanted to dance to the Sex Pistols before he was a Pistol himself but he couldn't dance so he started jumping up and down and pogoing was born. Whether Vicious actually invented the dance or not, the pogo quickly became closely associated with punk rock. Shane MacGowan, himself an early follower of the punk scene, also attributes pogo dancing to Vicious, claiming that a leather poncho he wore to gigs prevented him from any other form of dancing except jumping up and down. Jon King of Gang of Four helped popularize the pogo as a stage move for performers.


In the following years, stage diving, crowd surfing, moshing and hardcore dancing all became associated with pogo dancing, though some of these activities predate the pogo.



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