Reader: I've smelled stinkier armpits at flea markets than Phish concerts

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A recent Comment of the Day inspired by Estately.com's list of the ten best states for hippies featured a claim that many fans at Grateful Dead and Phish concerts were smelly hypocrites just trying to fill their wallets. As you might imagine, there was plenty of push-back on that assertion. Here's one of our favorite responses.

phluttery writes:

Hey, man, I am a 39 year old Mom now and have been seeing Phish shows for the past 19 years. Of course, I don't get to go to as many as I use to, but, a lot of it is for the love of the band and music. Sure, there are probably some people vending just to vend and make some money, but why not? That's America baby! And have I smelled a few arm pits in my days (And I have smelled worse pits at flea markets and farmers markets in my home town)... sure, more than I would like... it doesn't necessarily mean they don't shower.. my husband sometimes smells just as bad on a long hot day... a warm day and some dancing is sure to stink you up a little bit! I don't know why so many people that don't like Phish make a big deal. And, yes, in any group of people, there are people that do immoral things.. I have heard of a few folks on the scene doing stuff that is not warm and fuzzy.. ,that is too bad, but likely to happen anywhere.

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27 comments
Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Have you ever smelled a nursing home or hospital? Who in the h*ll is coming up with all of westword's negative bitchy blog questions? It's disappointing to read.

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

^Very well put Stef. Many articulation. Such brilliant retort.

Stefanie Woods
Stefanie Woods

No! Ppl stink , no showering ....fucking homeless like gross

Leah Meowseph
Leah Meowseph

I can't believe westword thinks this is worthy of writing an article about. Oh wait, yes I can.

David Schultz
David Schultz

Are flea markets the new standard for comparing personal hygiene?

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

This is what you write about? Even a dumb article about phish doesn't have to be THIS dumb.

Matt Pyles
Matt Pyles

No. Hippies smell, that's it! "U r a hippy. U smell like skunk, I'm your arch enemy. A middle class street punk"! NOFX tells it like it is!

Garrett Latte Heidel
Garrett Latte Heidel

Have you ever been to a country show? That is where the stench truly lies.. however, it seems to be those idiots dolling out the hate not the other way around..

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Kevin Kline you lie you know they smell hell you wearing a gas mask

Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson

Doesn't stink any worse than your content as of late...

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

They can't stink as badly as the music or can they ?

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I've been to a lot of Phish shows. I've been to a lot of *other* shows. The ratio of smelly to clean people is not any greater at either one. Having the sense to put on deodorant has nothing to do with what kind of music someone prefers.

Karlos Dainger
Karlos Dainger

I have yet to walk around an event smelling people so...

David Novin
David Novin

Stupid article. I smell bad after working outside on a hot day too. Phish fans don't fester in it.

Martin Koenigsberg
Martin Koenigsberg

From what I understand- personal odour is not the overwhelming smell at Phish show. People talk of a more terpine-y and piney smell, One with hints of Fruit, wine and diesel. Seems to have a quaint naive cast to the concert. i heard them say "Oh, Gee" alot and discuss air quality overmuch. Seems to have been a "haze" that I couldn't see....

mikez9288
mikez9288

I hope Fat Mike chokes on a hot dog. There's no reason to make a song about being happy that Jerry died, other than to be a complete dick.

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