Fight! Ravers VS Hippies

Once a realm ruled exclusively by Hippies, the altruistic, drugged-out musical lifestyle has sheltered a new subculture for nearly a decade now. Ravers — or “children of the night,” as they have fawningly named themselves — are the next generation in the alternative lifestyle corral. Both groups are fundamentally pacifist, but what if someone laced their weed and their water bottles with a competition drug? A drug so potent that it drew the two sides together in a conclusive battle over the last organically grown peach? Let’s see who prevails in this battle of patchouli vs. pacifiers…

Musical Taste

Hippies have an army of psychedelic rock gods and goddesses that include Joplin, Hendrix, The Dead, Young, and Phish. Ravers have DJ Door Prize, MC Silent Auction and Hi5. Although some Ravers may argue that all dance music is rave music, I would argue that not all dance music is actually music.

Advantage: Hippies

Social Rebellion

Hippies have given us the love-in, communal living, The Institute for Contemporary Shamanistic Studies and the Manson Family. Ravers have given us all-night dance parties rampant with older Ravers selling younger Ravers second-rate drugs, a wealth of topics for Afterschool Specials, and addictions to expired cough medicine. These “raves” or “kandi kid rodeos” do little more than confirm that suburban youth have too much money on their hands. Staying up all night might be a protest against your parents, but the Monkey Wrench Gang and Greenpeace have them beat.

Advantage: Hippies

Post-Secondary Employment

Hippies: Planet Organic, Mountain Equipment Coop, IBM/Macintosh. Ravers: Arby’s, Drug Testing Laboratories (as both pharmacists and subjects), RCMP.

Advantage: Hippies

Side Effects Of Lifestyle

Hippies: Dreadlocks, dolphin tattoos, the munchies, and PETA. Ravers: Reductions in dopamine content, DAT density, and tyrosine hydroxylase (the dopamine synthesizing enzyme) in the striatum and nearby areas due to amphetamine abuse. Also: rampant inanity.

Advantage: Hippies

Communication Skills

Hippies rely on a verbal diet of “dude,” “dudette,” “awesome,” “far out,” “oppressor!” and “Don’t harsh my buzz, man, ’cause I’m smoking what I found in my carpet and it’s all I got.” Ravers rely on a series of grunts, hand gestures, stale glances, glowstick wiggles and the word “PLUR,” which is not really a word.

Advantage: Hippies


Hippies are known to be cause-driven, patchouli-smelling, tree-hugging, fur-hating, crystal-necklace-wearing, Esperanto-supporting, bongo-playing, Tab-drinking, long-hair-having, unicorn-believing-in war protesters with less-than-appealing personal hygiene. Ravers are known to be drug-using, androgynous, inside-joking, fun-fur-wearing scenesters who wet the bed on purpose and will one day name their children after bad ideas.

Advantage: Neither

Dancing Prowess

While Hippies can sway back and forth with the best of them, Ravers can perform a series of seizure-like pantomimes while hysterically laughing and crying at the same time. It would be tough to call “falling down from boring themselves to sleep” a dance move, but there is a subtle grace there. On the other hand, with signature dance moves as “punching the air,” “explaining a dogfight,” and “my face is made of boners,” the Ravers get points just on creativity.

Advantage: Ravers

Winner: Hippies

In the end, the Ravers are beset by the same stereotypes that tarred Hippies back when they were the misunderstood counterculture avatars. But the Hippies, in all their unwashed glory, still take a resounding modern-day victory. Remember, though: there is no real winner, as both Hippies and Ravers must eventually grow up, get real jobs, and join the establishment they once rejected.

8 Replies to “Fight! Ravers VS Hippies”

  1. im a fukkin raver i luv it i rave till i die raver or die we r togthr as 1 i luv every single 1 of u

  2. I’m a hippie. It is mean to wear animal skins and wrong to do that to your body. Think when you have kids “J-Zilla” you don’t want them out parting all night making you worry about them do you? Thats what you are doing to your parents. you wouldn’t want your kids to die of addiction to drugs would you? no. So don’t do it yourself.

  3. In my personal experience as a raver, they share a lot more in common with hippies than this article represents. This article makes it out that ravers are harder partiers than the hippies of the 60s were, but the hippies of the 1960s were really hard partiers too. I think you’ll find that ravers also tend to be very accepting of diversity, non-judgmental of difference, strong believers of non-violence, and often support harmony with nature as well. I feel like the only real difference is the type of music we listen to and the clothes we wear but ultimately, the mindset is the same.

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