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
1. E-mos, commonly found reciprocating in livejournals, exclusive/uber-trendy chatrooms, myspace, or your local Starbucks with their wireless mac laptop
(Let it be noted that whether the E-mo uses myspace, they will have a vast quantity of pictures, mostly of themselves posing...somehow.)
1a. Aside from computer proficiency, they maintain the same characteristics of an emo or hipster
1. "id0pa: Hey, emo kid!
Auto response from Rachelle: how sad this is what your life has been reduced to, a single room apartment containing no more than a mattress. how sad the strings have been removed from the blinds and all the outlets have been painted over. the television screen is streaked with blood smeared from your knuckles as you were trying to punch it out but you underestimated its strength. or maybe you just weren't trying hard enough. startled by a knock at the door you rise for the first time in two days to answer, but you can only greet the visitor with one short statement. hello my first name is distance and i really don't care if i never wake up again. hello my name is distance and i really don't care if i never wake up again. hello i really don't care if i never wake up again. i really don't care if i never wake up again.
Id0pa: You don't say!"

2. "xiwishiwascoolx: lets mosh and hold hands at the same time"
by id0pa December 13, 2004
This word has lots of meanings, but it is mainly used as a negative term for a fashion and music style that though perfectly acceptable is considered bad. This term has been used to stereotype people and deindividualise them(in particular teenagers) as something that in reality does not represent them at all.

Many people claim to hate "emo's" meaning they hate people they stereotype as emo. This makes very little sense, as it means they hate someone for the way they look and the music they like. This does not reflect their personality. Basically, if used seriously emo is a term used by pathetic narrow-minded losers who just have no respect for other peoples tastes and seem to think they know what everyone is like by how they are dressed. They are also stupid enough to think a fashion trend will make someone self-harm.

Most people who use the term emo negatively and seriously are people who can only see the surface of anything as if they actually thought about it they would realise that maybe emo kids are teenagers who were originally generally more emotional/thoughtful/sensitive than most and found the emo fashion and music to fit their taste.

If thats what they like wearing and thats what they like listening to then let them and bugger off!!! They wear it because they like it. Same reason you wear what you wear and you listen to what you listen to, you emo haters are not supreme beings who can decide what is and isn't good taste so get lost you socially conforming arseholes!!
Boy 1: Urgh look it's an emo fag
Boy 2: What makes you say he's a fag?
Boy 1: He's wearing makeup, how gay is that?
Boy 2: He's allowed to wear makeup isn't he? Doesn't make him gay, just means he doesn't conform to his gender stereotype.
Boy 1: Duuuh, what? Your gay... uuur i'm cleffer
Boy 2: Yeah... ok mate, bye!
by Katieface April 12, 2007
Emu spelled with an o instead of a u. A big stupid looking bird.
That girl is so emo it's hard not to laugh.
by benth November 10, 2008
Something that retards label things that they don't like.
Retard: LAWL! I'm so fucking stupid! Everything that I don't like is emo. I don't even know what that word means, but whatever! OH SHIT I JUST SWALLOWED A QUARTER!
by Bloodbath 87 March 06, 2009
a) short for the term emotional...in a musical sense
b) music derived in the 80's... with such bands as Rites of Spring, Texas is the Reason, and more.
c) can be used to describe a person who listens to emo, can relate to most of it and then cry because they can relate to it and not just because its emo.

emo music is not punk.

emo music usually contains lyrics which have a desperate side to them. written usually about a past girlfriend or experience.

by Kelly October 30, 2003
Emergency Management Office
In times of emergency or disaster, EMO coordinates the response of State agencies ensuring the most appropriate resources are dispatched to the impacted area.
by Toby Reynolds May 29, 2005
A strange breed of human that can be identified by stupid haircuts, suicidal tendencies, constant whining, the wearing of tight pants, and usually no mate. Because of this, scientists believe that most males in this species lack reproductive organs.
Stop whining, you emo.
by Melbirn January 12, 2005
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