1976 saw the birth of punk, bringing with it many sub-genres, sub-sub-genres, and sub-sub-sub-sub-genres. In the early 80s, punk had branched off into several different styles, and ways of taking the genre. In 1981 there was a large amount of "hardcore" bands emerging from the D.C. scene. One of these bands were called "Minor Threat", who had a very vibrant, and melodic sound.
Nearing the end of 1983, the band "Minor Threat" broke up, after the band seemed to "run out of steam", and their last 7" single "Salad Days" in 1984 finally killed the band, and the DC hardcore scene.
After that new bands emerged, taking the genre their own way. 1984 showed the release of "Zen Arcade", an album by minneapolis band "Husker Du". This interpretation showed much more powerful, intense vocals with slow, melancholy and more melodic song writing.
In Spring 1984, D.C. Hardcore band "Rites of Spring" emerged, taking inspiration from the earlier hardcore scene. The band brought a totally new vocal approach to Husker Du's original style.
Summer 1985 became known as the "revolution summer" when a whole wave of hardcore bands emerged from the D.C. scene such as Gray Matter, Soulside, Ignition and Dag Nasty. Few bands retained the original fast paced, hardcore style proposed by "Rites of Spring" and "Husker Du" but took a much more droney, melodic approach to the genre.
These bands were then labelled the "D.C. Sound" or "D.C. Hardcore", and some of them were labelled "emo".
It was never suggested by Rites Of Spring that the term "emo" was short for anything. Although it has been proposed that emo was short for "emotive hardcore" or "emotionally charged hardcore punk" in a 1985 flipside interview with the band they claimed they were "not a punk rock band" and it was never mentioned in the text that they were "emotional" or "emotive" although the term "emo" was used several times.
Again, people took the genre several ways. Some people took an "Indie-rock" approach to the genre, while others retained a "post hardcore" style.
Many emo bands were poorly paid, underground, and rarely heard of, and few records were ever released around the genre. Which is probably why today it is so easily mistaken and misunderstood.
The "D.C. hardcore scene" grew, and with it, a stereotype fashion. People with a "Mop-top" haircut, skinny t-shirts and old trainers became a classic "D.C. hardcore scene" cliche. However, not all of these were "emo fans" nor were they in any way "emo's". It is suggested that this idea was taken, and progressed through the nineties to a much more "geeky" look nowadays.
However, emo is a genre of music, argue all you like, your still wrong. Saying "I am an emo" is like saying "I am a jazz", which is not possible. Emo has been heavily marketed by magazines (Kerrang etc.) and a totally wrong idea of the genre is now being spread across youths.
The early 90s saw a last breath for emo, with a much more softer, "Indie-rock" take on the genre. After that, the rest is history. It's a shame the genre was dragged through the gutter like that.
What? - GUYS IN GIRL PANTS R HOT!!!11
Anything to do with 14 year old girls instantly becomes void of the possibility of it having anything to do with emo.
Combineing the worst possible aspects of it's parents emo's are lving proof that two wrongs not make a right.
Because of their love of Hitler-esque extreme side partings, sullen expressions and men wearing make-up crowds of emos generally resemble Neo-Nazis at a Motley Crue gig.
Emo is a shortened version of Emotional & used as a name becuase it is thought describe their sensitive, thoughful state of mind, although a moore accurate name would 'Twats'.
'No. It's becuase you're a cunt'
Emo1: **jumps on emo2's back** RAWR!
Emo1: hey hun, **shows feet** i gotzded new converses!
**people walk by calling the emos fags and tell them to go cut themselves**
Emo2: stupid clones...
Emo1: just cause we're diffrent and don't buy the stuff from Areopostale...
this continues and ya....
not all emos cut themselves, but alot do. i for one dont and i no all of my emo freinds dont. emo is short for Emotional, which does point out we are emotional people. yer we cry, what u gunna do about it. chavs usually hav fun shouting at emos stuf like "awww is little emo kid gunna go cry" this aint funni Emos leave them alone so why pick on us we didnt do anything to you.
non emo "is the emo kid gunna go cry agen"
emo " why would you care"
-Long, usually straightened hair, flipped to one side of the face.
-Tight skinny jeans, usually black, grey, reds, or certain neon colors.
-Black horn rimmed glasses
-Band shirts, striped clothes, checkered patters, all black shirts, etc all can be common apparel for emo kids.
-Slip on Vans are a favorite for emo kids shoes. Typically any kind of skater shoe may be worn as well.
In conclusion, I myself have been called "emo" and im your typical emo kid. i have cut before and do wear skinny jeans etc. i feel just the same as any other emo kid. i get picked on, made fun of, and called names because of who i am. Deep down inside ALL emo people are really friendly people. You dont even need to look deep down inside. Haters just need to stop judging us for who we are. I love EVERY emo person on the face of the planet. We are all here for each other, us emo's. Emo ppl RULE!!
Jane: "Me too."
Jack: "Wanna be friends?"
-Roman businessmen went bankrupt when people preferred seeing emos beat up rather than watching gladiatorial fights.
-The Mongols flipped out and started killin everybody because their tribute of concubines from china turned out to be a bunch of emos (guys and girls, the senders couldnt tell the difference) who broke every time a mongol tried to hump one.
-buddhists went celebate after deciding that relationships with emos were too much of a pain in the ass since they kept whining about how they "wont call the next day", how they didnt say "i will love you forever" back and how the buddhists didnt show much interest when they tried to make them read the dark poetry the emos "poured out my emotions for you" into.
-Aztecs decide to use emos exclusively for their sacrifices since they were more fun to watch, the gods, also enjoying the spectacle, reward their subjects with unparalleled riches.
-Emos illigitimately infiltrated the samurai bloodline, and thus spread the habits of not being able to fight for shit, being afraid of christians, and killing themselves when the going gets tough, they popularize the term "harakiri" for the aformentioned activity coz it sounds more poetic than "seppuku". the resulting pussiness renders the country so weak it is conquered by foreigners and decimates the samurai bloodline (the contrary could be the reason for ninja superiority and kick-ass ways of life...lesson: never mix with emos, its true they're easy but come on...is it really worth it).
-Spanish conquistadors render native americans helpless by showing them emos, emos are just too fucking sorry a sight...
-The Marquis de Sade discovers the full use of the emo.
-The united states embarks on the largest and most brutal cleansing operation in history, they launch a massive campaign on europe and japan, especially the latter, in the hope that they will kill all existing emos, the campaign is covered up and an excuse of their actions is sold as "World War II", the campaign failed miserably as americans had not realised that the largest emo concentration lied in their own lands.
-With accusations that emos could be close species to humans, emo hunting goes down and they begin to thrive.
-Due to increasing emo populations, and increase in being annoying fucks, people grow more impatient to their existance (except emo sympathizers, pussies who claim that emos are blessed with being in touch with the emotions of the universe, a.k.a. my ass) people speculate that a new world order will rise to rid humanity from their revolting existance...and all their pussy bullshit.
BE WARNED OF EMO WANNABES -- people who cut their hair, wear the makeup, pretend to cut, and generally act like a-holes. They are not emo. They are WEMO - wannabe emo. Also be aware (but friendly) to the ELMOs - they dress emo but they are happy outgoing people and love to laugh and be normal with their friends -- they are ELMOs (they try to be Emo but come off more Tickle-me-Elmo)
Emo kid #1: So...yeah...that was sweet...
Emo kid #2: Yeah...it was really okay I guess...
Emo kid #1: I got a tatoo to express my feelings...
Emo kid #2: Wow...nice...
Wemo boy: OH MY GOD, LET ME GO CUT MY WRIST AND MAKE OUT WITH A GUY! AREN'T I SEXY WITH MY LONG BANGS?
Wemo girl: OH WOW, DID YOU SEE MY SNAKE BITE PIERCINGS? LATER I THINK I'LL DYE MY HAIR BLUE BECAUSE I'M AN INDIVIDUAL AND SARA DYED HER HAIR BLUE TOO!
Wemo boy: SHUT UP, I'M REFLECTING ON HOW FUCKED UP MY LIFE IS...
Elmo kid: OH MY GOD! I LOVE EGGS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!