"Emo" is not short for "Emotional." "Emo" does not mean Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional, despite what MTV has lead you to believe in the last few years. "Emo" is not sidebangs, tight pants, and male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships. "Emo" is not the use of diluted, meaningless metaphors and similes such as "My arms are like pinecones," and most definitely is not the rampant use of words such as "autumn," "heart," "knife," "bleeding," "leaves," and "razorblade."

I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."

Now, onto the real definition.

In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.

Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.

Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."

Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.


Hope that helps.
Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, and My Chemical Romance falls under the "horrible pop rock" genre, not the emo genre.

Rites of Spring is emo.
by Chelsea March 02, 2005
Emo- short for an over emotional person.
Emo's are fun to make fun of.
Know for cutting themselves and crying a lot.They really need to get a life. Can be spotted due to black hair that covers one eye, black clothes, and black make-up(even on the males). Not to be mistaken for Scene kids.
Be mean to the emos make them cry
by kingjt13 February 16, 2009
i shoud know first off. a person who is usually emotional not just sad who does not take things seriously and sometimes acts gay towards their friends and may do drugs but should not. most em0 are scene as well which is co0l.
someone who cuts themselves but not all emo have to cut someone can wear colors but mostly black skinny jens are almost a must
by c2lae11 January 24, 2009
Emos are usually teenagers who listen to bands such as My Chemical Romance (MCR) and Fall Out Boy (FOB). They are usually depressed and love depressing others with their daily bitching about how everything/everyone sucks. Most emos self harm.
You would find that the typical emo wears stripey or skull-patterned shirts with skinnies and converse. To match their horrific taste in clothing, their makeup is usually overdone and very dark.
Both female and male emos have a fringe covering one eye. All emo males are homosexual.
EXAMPLE 1
A: OMG! Do you like my new top?
B: Ew! That's so emo!

EXAMPLE 2
A: I hate my life!
B: Stop being such an emo!
by Alice-Jane August 22, 2008
a genre that has really goregous guys in tight pants and lip rings
alex evans is the prettiest emo boy ever
by meliaaa July 23, 2008
A word used to describe what a fag is.
"Kid#1: Hey you see those kids over there listening to gay rock music like My Chemical Romance?"
"Kid#2: Yeah?"
"Kid#1: Those are emo fag's."
by anyonebutyou July 18, 2008
1. Homosexual
see also fag, faggot, gay, homo

2. Genre of music that cant be described as rock because of the homosexual undertones or pop because of the semi - non - "mainstream" theme. "god-squad" bands are especially prominent in this genre , this music is an enigma because as soon as anyone other than the first person to hear the band, listens to the music, it becomes unpopular. so bands are constantly called "sellouts" which raises the question. How can they be sellouts if no one gives a fuck?
Bill: omg dude danielle left me...

Zach: dude quit that shit your not gonna go emo on me and fuck some butch girl or really feminine dude right?

Bill: what? no way! im not gonna let some cunt run my life who needs that stupid whore

Zach: exactly lets go get a beer

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Craig: hey is that (insert emo band here)?!?! i love them!!!

Gary: wow, i like these sellouts less now thanks ass

Craig: what the hell just happened?
by Zach Brewer June 10, 2008
People who try hard to look asian.
The boys:
Usually have the hairstyle of the anime character Uchiha Sasuke.They try to be thin just like the asians and wear thick eyeliners to make their eyes look like the almond-shaped eyes of asians.They also dye their hair black to have the jet black hair color of the asian people.
The girls:
Look as thin and small as possible to look asian and dye their hair black and follow the haircut of most asian people "bangs".Most asian people have side swept bangs some are different.Emos try to make cute faces in the camera and show their "fake asian eyes" filled with eyeliners.They also try hard to look innocent just like the asians but they look scary and deep inside they are sluts.They keep their heads down and act shy like the anime characters and asian chicks.They follow harajuku fashion just change the colors the some put ribbons on their hair to make them look cute like the asians.
All of them are anime-obsessed,loves Pokemon and other animes that were already seen in asian countries for like 10 years ago.Some even try to speak japanese.
Emo girl:Do you think im hot?
Asian:Dream on poser!
What i meant by "poser" is people trying to be asian.
by ihateemos22 January 25, 2008

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