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Emo
Emo is a term that is short for emotive hardcore. Most people these days think that emo is strictly short for emotional, but this is false. If emo just meant emotional, wouldn’t it encompass all musical genres, because all music has emotion in it? If you only pick one thing out of this article, be it that emo stands for emotive hardcore, not just emotional.

Many kids have the complete wrong sense of what emo is. Many earlier emo bands only released their songs on vinyl, and they were distributed minimally, so the origin of emo is lost among most people. This is my attempt at tracing it back to the start, in hopes to educate you. I’m sure there is going to be a lot of important bands and years missing, but hopefully it will give you a vague idea of how it all started out.

With that said, let’s move onto the history of emotive hardcore. Heres where the term emo came from: When Minor Threat broke up in 1983, the hardcore punk scene was getting pretty stale. In 1984, Husker Du released “Zen Arcade,” which somewhat set the blueprint for emo bands to follow. This album had the rough vocals, but it had more melody, and was a bit slower than their previous works. Many people give credit to this as the first emo album.

In the spring of 1984, a band called Rites of Spring was formed, containing members of previous hardcore bands The Untouchables/Faith and Deadline. This band kept the speed and stylings of hardcore punk rock, but the vocals were a lot more emotional, and at times even broke into a throaty moan. The lyrics also strayed from politics, and took a more emotional/profound look at life. Rites of Spring gets a lot of credit for being the first emotive hardcore band. Ian Mckaye, formerly of Minor Threat, got into a band called Embrace. Definitely different than Minor Threat, Embrace took a more emotional side to the lyrics as well, and were a lot more melodic. These bands, and much of the other bands on Dischord Records are now labeled as “The Classic DC Sound.” This was the first wave of emo bands.These bands focused more on emotion, than punk rock energy. Legend has it that while Rites of Spring, or Embrace, or Moss Icon were playing a show, someone from the crowd shouted “You’re emo!” and that’s how the term got started. The show where it happened, and which bands were playing always differ with whoever you talk to, so I have no idea how true it is. Don’t take my word on it.

From there, more and more emo bands started forming around North America. Moss Icon, which formed in 1986, started the loud/soft alternating twinkly guitar parts, and crashing distortion side of emo. Indian Summer and Native Nod, who were around 1995-96 are good examples of this, and focused more on the emotional part of the music, rather than the hardcore part, but were still hardcore. Emo was now a bit broader.
Bands like Heroin(1992), Angel Hair(1997?), and Antioch Arrow(1995?) on Gravity Records focused more on the hardcore part of the genre, but were still very emo. The music is pretty chaotic, with just enough melody to pullthings through, and the vocals are usually hoarsely screamed.

1997 marks the release of Saetias fist 7” record, and the debut of level-plane records. I highly recommend that you pink Saetias “A retrospective” cd. At any rate, Level-plane records is probably the most famous emo label out there, and is still going strong today. It has released many important and influential albums, and is a huge part of todays emo scene.

A lot of bands are getting called emo by the mainstream, when in fact they are not. The term emo has leaked into the mainstream, and a lot of emo kids see this as the end of the emo scene, somewhat like what happened with punk rock, and bands like simple plan. I used that example because mainstream bands i.e. Simple Plan get called punk, when really, they’re not punk at all.

Emo is completely distorted from it’s original meaning, and the media is calling many bands that have no relevance to emo whatsoever, emo. Take Dashboard Confessional for example. Chris Carraba just plays acoustic ballads. There is nothing hardcore about it. The music may be very “emotional” and heartfelt, but even so, it is not emo. The same goes for indie bands like Death Cab For Cutie, and Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst is a brilliant songwriter, and I love his work, but again, there is nothing hardcore about his music. Another common misconception about emo, is that bands like Taking Back Sunday, and My Chemical Romance are emo. To me, these bands are strictly pop punk, although their lyrics may seem very emotional at times, but emo doesn’t stand for emotional, now does it?

Another false interpretation of emo is the term “screamo.” I’m sure you’ve all heard this rant before, but I figured that I’d include it anyways. The media has used the term for bands like Thursday, and The Used. Because people call Dashboard Confessional emo, they interpret emo as “whiny watered down music for depressed kids who cut themselves.” With that as their idea of emo, it’s no wonder that people call The Used, or any other “whiny emotional band” that screams here and there “screamo.”

With emo standing for emotive hardcore, the way I see it, screamo would stand for:Emotive hardcore + screaming, right? Wrong. Emotive hardcore contains screamed and/or whispered vocals in it already. Screamo = Emo. Just leave it at that. Even so, bands like The Used that are being labeled as “screamo” by the media aren’t emotive hardcore, so the term “screamo” is completely misused. The term “screamo” can be used for a band like orchid, although emo works just as well, but not for something like The Used.

Screamo is made up by the media to sell bands like The Used, Poison The Well, and such, to people who don’t know any better. As I said before, with people calling Dashboard Confessional emo, it’s no wonder that they call any band that screams “screamo.” Alas, this is false.

In summary, Emo stands for emotive hardcore, not emotional. Emotional lyrics do not make a band emo. Dashboard confessional, Bright Eyes, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, From Autumn To Ashes, and Atreyu are NOT emo. Screamo does not exist.
Some real emo bands are:
Rites of Spring
Indian Summer
Native Nod
Heroin
Antioch Arrow
Saetia
Orchid
Hot Cross
Transistor Transistor
City of Caterpillar
Wolfsheim
A Textbook Tragedy
Takaru
Louise Cyphre
Boa Narrow
The Mock Heroic
What Price Wonderland
Utarid
Danse Macabre
Zann
Am I Dead Yet
Dasein
Cease Upon the Capitol
June Paik
A Fine Boat That Coffin
SL-27
La Quiete
Shikari
Daitro
Yossarian Is Drowning
Raein

by Tash (by:Evan) January 08, 2006
 
1114.
emo
Someone who;
- Wears vast amounts of eye-liner
- Writes really shitty poetry about how bleak and upsetting the world is
- Cuts their wrists in the completely wrong direction when attempting suicide
- Listens to Hawthorne Heights
- Writes on LiveJournal or some other blog site about how depressed they are and how much they wished they could just die
- Wears girl pants
- Claims to be bisexual to be cool
- (Almost exclusively male) Takes pictures of themself making out with a member of the same sex and posts them online... I for one consider this to be the only good thing about emo culture
- Wears lots of stripes and skulls
- Doesn't realize just how badly they're ripping off Goth
Suzie- The word is a sad, sad place... I tried to end my life last night, but I failed yet again...

Meg- Um... that's not the direction to slit your wrists in if you're seriously trying to kill yourself. Are you sure it wasn't just a cry for help?

Suzie- are you mocking my pain?

Meg- ... You can be so fucking emo at times.
by Lala-dono June 22, 2007
 
1115.
emo
Any Hot Guy With Long Hair That Covers One Of Their Eyes.
Or A Girl That Takes Menstrating Too Far...
Emo boys are hot! Emo girls are... okay.
by Cole Bondage June 09, 2007
 
1116.
emo
EMO. How to explain?
It's not an insult or something to be proud of. EMO is just another label that some person made up to use on them selves so they could be ''original''

Dosnt it have to do with something in the 90's about a type of rock? Emotive Hardcore. Or something like that. 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.

Things that are NOT emo;
-My Chemical Romance =nor is it gothic or punk or demonic=
-The Gap =Preps also shop there=
-Skater shoes =Okay, leave thoes to the SKATERS=
-Saying ''I feel emo today.'' ''I'm so emo, i make flowers cry'' ''I hate my life.'' '' I cut becuase I'm emo and depressed''
-Anti-depressants =okay, leave them to the ACTUALLY deppressed people. now wonder drugs are so expensive.=
- Having 1 million my space pix =Okay, no body needs to see your hair and mouth that many times=
Here is a Fakemo convo...

XxSlavetoAnguishxX: omg my gf just left me
acidburnedsoul: that sux man
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: i blame myself only i'm such an ass *cries*
acidburnedsoul: dude come over to my house and we can cut ourselves together
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: okay *cries*
acidburnedsoul: omg dashboard confessional has a new cd, i preordered it already
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude they're my favorite band to self-mutilate to
acidburnedsoul: i prefer to cut myself while watching Napoleon Dynamite on my bigscreen
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude that movie is so deep. i cry every time i see it
acidburnedsoul: me too. i hate myself
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: yeah we're such tortured souls, nobody understands how hard life is for us
acidburnedsoul: yeah we got it tough dude. pass the tissues

by XxXSkittleXxX May 05, 2007
 
1117.
In the same vein as a murder of crows or a gaggle of geese, a grouping of emos is referred to as a pussy.
"Why is there always that pussy of emos sitting in the same place in the mall?"
"Yeah, way to be different by being exactly the same."
by Apostat3 December 19, 2006
 
1118.
emo
emo means emotional, durr
i am so emo, becase i like cut my writs.
by Emo Fagg March 10, 2006
 
1119.
a group of whiny kids who listen to emo,thinks their lives suck, are too much of pussys to do anything abouut it. sadly im one of them
i was pretty sure those emos were gonna whip their dicks out and wack off to the hawthorne heights video
by emoxmikex October 30, 2005
 
1120.
Emo
THIS IS A DEFINTION ON WHERE YOU CAN FIND EMOS.
Emos are like annoying little insects that you swat and they come back again, only much worse.
You see emo gay guys making out on SIMS.
You see 3/4 of the Youtube video population containing retarded slide shows on gay emo dudes, again kissing eachother or proposing to eachother.
You go to every single local show and there will be a pit containing emo girls who apparently think that they are on So You Think You Can Dance.
You go to every single dark depressing corner of the mall and you see emo children eating happy meals and snow cones.
You go to Kmart and Walmart and you see ten year old emo kiddies buying sour straps with their mommies whilst having THREE holes in each ear pierced. At that age already.
You go to the delivery sections of supermarkets and bus stops and see emo guys slouching together pretending they are depressed with this world, when really they are craning their necks trying to see if you are looking how in touch with their feelings they are whilst blowing half of their hair off their face without much success.
And, finally, you will see them the most falling on their fat arses in skating rinks.
Or, you could just go to local parks and watch two emo guys giggle together then pull a serious face once someone walks by to maintain their reputation. It's very entertaining.
This is a real example of a so called "tough" emo kid on my street.

*I'm walking to the Food Court in a mall and spot an emo dude I know*
Me: HIYA
Him: *sitting looking supposedly sensitive yet passive in his black wigga hoodie* Hi.
*he quickly puts something behind his back*
Me:Yo what's that behind ur back
Him:NOTHING NOTHING AT ALL
Me: K bye *starts to walk off*
*I quickly look back and see that he is holding a Happy Meal in one hand and the Happy Meal toy in the other*

I will not even mention his AGE as it will probably embarrass him.
by IHateHabbo January 24, 2008