"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
People who are overly depressed over the littlest things. The ones who can't suck it up like the rest of us. Attention seekers.
"Upset leave me da fuck alone.. MISSING U HURTS ME SO MUCH.. Fuck everybody..Fuck da bronx!! So fucking upset and mad and alone.. My mandi got more brain and looks then anybody else.. Just please leave me alone.. I can't take it anymore.. Everybody leaving me behind.. I don't need to be here anymore.. There's no more room for me in this life time goodbye.."

"Pizza Face Maria's mad emo over her lost pen."
by muymalella September 13, 2007
people who wear tight jeans for attention and have hair that covers 8/10ths of their face
"whats with your hair?"
"I'm too emo for a face."
"gah stupid emos."
*sucks other persons blood*
by nickelback fan 2296 August 06, 2007
Emotionaly
Molested
Ostrich
Guy1: Did you know that the adverage emo's brain is the same size as it's eye?

Guy2: How big is that?

Guy1: Dunno, you can never see both their eyes to make a judgement.
by Annata .W. Bokunamma August 04, 2007
Emos are people that shop at hot topic, cut their selfs an talk about suicide because they don't have shit in life to be depressed enough to, or have big enough balls to really kill their selfs.

OR, Goths that find life easier to buy clothes with chains an straps already attached while still claiming to be a goth, they are just a subclass added to the hot topic scene.

OR, Punks, pretty much like hot topic goths
We should fucking burn down all the Hot Topics to stop the EMO CANCER. That would be very emo.
by Stoichiometry June 28, 2007
someone with long hair, normally think theyre individual.
i am one. stereotyped to write poetry and slit thier wrists. i slit my wrists too. most people think theyre gay. I NOT GAY. lots if people hate them. supposedly were black eyeliner.
Chav1- he go cry emo boy
Chav2- ye go cry
Chav3- ye (chavs are pack animals see)
emo1- conformist
emo2- ye (emos only stick together for protection from "emo hunters" i.e. chavs.)
Chavs- go cry boo hoo etc
emo1- get lost or i'll slit your wrist!
Chavs back away in fear.
by jackthespacklingemo June 14, 2007
an attention seeking subculture.
they lie about their whole life and say their sensitive and all this whole load of crap, only so people can fall for them and so they can gain attention.
they also claim that their life sucks, HOWEVER, half of them spend most of their time on myspace and all this other shit; hey dumbass, as far as we know, your life isn't that bad, cos you have the internet and all this shit so stop fucking complaining.

they label themselves though still get pissed off when we label them. RIGHT, you already said you were emo, so why can't we say that you're emo too, since you said you were?!
gosh, idiots.
everyone hates emos because:
-why bother being their friends if they'll probably kill themselves anyway.
-most of them lie about their whole life and speak a whole lot of bullshit.
-they just always want to be the centre of attention.
-they're embarassing cunts.

:)
normal person: HEY EMO KIDDD!
emo girl: STOP FUCKIN LABELLING ME
normal person: but i thought you said you were emo :S
emo girl: well..umm..its cos umm..ok fuck off i dont care. get a life. im allowed to call myself that CAUSE I AM!! BUT U DONT GOT MA PERMISSION!!!1!!LOLZ!!!1
normal person: k, retard. pretty lame excuse to be honest. YOU DO CARE, WANKER! if you didn't care then you wouldn't be taking a piss at me for "labelling" you. and i have a life, AND i use it properly, instead of trieng to kill myself and shit. i don't need your fucking permission, you can't stop me from doing shit.
emo girl: well i guess your kinda right. BUT STILL FUCK YOU IM EMO U POSER!
normal person: haha god stfu! i believe it's "poseur", not poser. you only think your emo and say you are, so then you can get attention and everyone noticing you. give it up, most of us hate you emos anyway. just shut the whole emo thing off, it's lame and you only do it so you can get all the attention you don't deserve.
emo girl: hmm my ex just asked me out again.. ok ill get back to you after i get the razorblade, sorry itz just time of the day (ya know, da time where i cut ma WRIZTZ WOOOO!!!)
normal person: ok, make sure you kill yourself this time, cut your wrists deep fuckface.
by omfglolcourtney June 07, 2007
Being Emo:A common hobby suburban teenagers pick up when their board.
Suburban Kid #1: I'm board, wanna go cut our wrists?

Suburban Kid #2: Nahh, we did that yesterday, lets go sing about our breaks ups in high voices for a bit.

Tight City kid: You fricken emos
by Mistacoolio May 30, 2007

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