Although I do see your point, I think John succeeds in presenting 'the hysterical body' without the gimmicks. I still tend to view crowd surfing as a cliched rock 'n' roll hard on thing to do. To me, it smacks of a vile sort of insincerity, especially within the context of John's music. John Maus is not Iggy Pop. I go to see him for a different experience. If he started crowd surfing, would he start doing shout-outs, too? HELLO LONDON, ARE YOU READY TO RAWK?! I hate that shit.
Also in London, some 'fans' almost stole his shoes off the stage. I can't think this would be a good idea.
Fair enough. I just wanted a proper refutation before I dismissed it.
I can't imagine John crowdsurfing. He is too much like the Jolly Green Giant for people to support him; people's arms would literally give.
However, I can imagine him rolling out a translucent toilet, sitting on it and reading R.L. Stine books while his music is playing for 28 minutes. He doesn't even have to sing over his own songs now. It'll be the Toilet Time Meditation Tour, guaranteed to have JM's autograph if you bring your own Goosebumps book. That'd be, like, a powerful statement laced with profundity.
He could, like, go on stage with a fold out poker table and do a jigsaw puzzle while his music plays in reverse, and this video plays mutely in the background http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYJl36w_yKw