Q: What Is The Worst Physical Pain You’ve Ever Felt?

A: When I was eighteen this kid’s wild flailing elbow accidentally connected with the underside of my chin in a mosh pit, slamming my lower jaw into my upper at, oh, I don’t know, ninety miles an hour. I can’t even begin to tell you how defeating and agonizing that pain was—my mouth is filling up with saliva right now just thinking about it. My brain almost completely stopped working as I stumbled around like some goofball wrestler, watery eyes agog, moaning and clutching my jaw. Thankfully there was no blood. If there was I’m sure I’d have passed out.

Elbow Guy was mortified and eventually paid for my dental bills. The nerve damage was a little rough (all my food had to be room temperature for a while afterwards, nothing super hot or cold) but the worst part was having a chipped front tooth. I full on looked like Lloyd Christmas. The little piece of fake tooth the dentist tried to glue in there kept falling out (invariably into my room temperature meals) so I eventually told him to forget it. I believe he ended up sanding the chip down. He must have, because that chip was razor sharp. It was a danger to my lips and tongue.

Before you ask, the Great Toof Busting of ’97 occurred not at any storied rock venue like CBGBs but at a presbyterian church in Daytona Beach that at that time was renting out its auditorium to local punk bands. On the bill that night was Kills Competition (the band I went to see), Mass Retaliation (I think), and…uh…that band my drummer friend Dan was in before Brad Get Your Bag. Their name started with a P? Not Preferred 53 and certainly not Piebald. If Geocities was still active I could easily solve this mystery as I kept detailed notes about the Daytona punk scene circa 1997 on that rudimentary blogging device.

The moral of this story: don’t ever have teeth.

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3 responses to “Q: What Is The Worst Physical Pain You’ve Ever Felt?”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I had the exact thing happen to me at Slayer at the 9:30 club. Fortunately (or not) I was drunk and didn’t realize the severity of things until later.

  2. Agent 54 says :

    Broke my leg playing football at age 13. My mother did not allow me to take pain pills because she was paranoid and thought I would become addicted.

    I would dose off in bed and move slightly and wake up screaming in pain. My mother would yell at me to shut up!

  3. Jamison wrigley says :

    Kills comp and Mass retaliation were definitely on this bill.. sorry to hear about your dental situation but we really appreciate you reminiscing about this experience.. being the drummer in Mass Retaliation and Best friends with the dudes from kills comp till this day, it’s cool to read even now about the good old days.. and how the central Florida scene held it down.. hope you’re doing well and that this message gets to you.. (even though I’m fairly confident it wont

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