Originally a music movement in Washington D.C. combining punk with even faster guitar riffs and screaming, with bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace, emo, or "emocore", became popular on the west coast as well. Most emo bands of this time for breaking guitars on stage, screaming out lyrics, and doing anything else that got people's attention. Basically Jimmy Urine, on crack. Emo's second wave was hit up with a softer more melodic sound with more riffs and songs that were all incredibly long. This came to be with bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker (which later become Jets to Brazil), and Texas is the Reason. Emo went mainstream and got more people's attention with more popular bands today. These bands include Dashboard Confessional and Phantom Planet. Nowadays, it is incredibly hard to know what true emo is as most people think that popular bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and My Chemical Romance are emo. However, all of these bands have denied such claims. "emo is bullshit, we're the next Radiohead" -Brendon Urie (lead singer for Panic at the Disco). Emo is now often associated with Screamo. However, this is typically untrue. Hawthorne Heights is under much debate and can be seen as somewhat emo. With songs like Niki FM which follow a second wave emo pattern.

Some bands that are NOT emo include:
Senses Fail
Bullet for My Valentine
Aiden
Hopes Die Last
Alexisonfire
Underoath
From First to Last
The Used

The original style of emo was simply whatever you could find at your local thrift store. Combining the style of your grandpa, with that of a nerd.

There are many more but these are just a few bands that many believe to be emo. Sorry to all the 13 year old girls who actually thought they were truly emo.

"Oh my God, I love My Chemical Romance! I'm so emo!"
"Oh really? Because I like Rites of Spring,"
"Who?"
by brdof hrms June 16, 2008
Emo meaning emotional is a new craze across the young 'uns! emos can be spotted by a greasy fringe, skinny jeans, hoodies and a general grunting distain for those around them. Emo gangs try to act depressed and generally buy a copy of marilyn mansuns greatest hits. They pretend to know everything about punk and rock (even though most of them weren't born when kurt cobain died)they wear t-shirts saying 'kurt cobain died for us' which in short is a pretencious pile of wank that's spread across our society! Don't get me wrong I appreciate that everybody has problems, and i am by no means a chav... (they're all scum and should be shot!)... but come on people. We are british, we do not parade around showing our emotions and slitting our wrists and acting depressed. We as a nation are supposed to have the stiff upper lip and generally repressed attitude to our feelings!
It needs no example just look at a group of depressive teens and you'll see the emo crowd.
by fed-up-of-emos September 26, 2007
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
OK Now every Chav,Townie etc thinks emo is a person who cries all the time then cuts themselves and lives in self pity well sorry to tell you 89% of the teenage population(this is just a rough estimate it is probably higher) you are wrong!Emo's do not cut themselves a few do but then again so do chavs and goths and skaters and grebs and townies now just because emo's listen to heavier music than r & b(puke) or rap(even worse) etc it doesn't mean they cut themselves and wallow in self pity no the thing most people have failed to realize is that emo is just a music genre and fashion style.

The emo bands that are still going include: Funeral for a friend, Clash of the sirens and the haunts (there are a lot more) also i recommed going to see all of those bands they are all awesome I saw them in May.

So I leave you with this emo is a subculture of the more widely known goth it is only a fashion statement and genre of music.
chav: Go cut yourself you goddamn Emo go slit your wrists
*emo is thinking* All these chavs are telling me to slit my wrists I would say something but theres too many
by emo_hunter_of_chavs June 11, 2007

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