Emo is genre of hardcore punk music started in the mid eighties by a band called Rites Of Spring. Their lead singer had been a big fan of the band Minor Threat, and after their breakup, had decided to start his own band. It was similar in the musical sense, however the lyrics were different. Instead of spitting about politics and anti-capitalist themes, the lyrics were more personal, and hateful towards themselves. This new music managed to drive away many old punk fans, and attract many new ones.
The DC emo scene exploded and became excessively popular amongst the underground. However, it fizzled out almost as fast as it had begun.
In the early 90's, two new bands, Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker, started the new wave of emo music. SDRE started the "post indie emo" genre. Bands that can be categorized under this genre could be Texas Is The Reason, Taking Back Sunday, Mineral and other music following those lines, that are often confused for emo.
Jawbreaker were the new wave of emo revival, although still remotley underground, the music continues to be popular with the people who can search it out.
Thanks to MTV, the perception of what real emo is has been completely changed and most people do not understand what it is, automatically assuming that DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL or anyone else with an acoustic singing about breakup is emo. Emo isn't pussy music, it's heartfelt, and hardcore at the same time. An angry emotional release of self loathing and self depreciation.
The style of music that band played was pretty similar to the emo stuff that Rites did.
by Maya February 14, 2005
An oversused clique.
the word "emo" is around because society made it.
today everything is "emo"...
we get called emo if we like the color black, or wear converse and skinny jeans. We get called emo if we arnt happy 24/7. we get called emo for having hair in front of our eyes. we get called emo for wearing eyeliner. the list can go on..
it is thrown around like no other lable.
most people are too ignorant to know that emo is just a genre of music.
we are all guilty of using the emo clique.
even those of us who bitch about it.
by dinoxxlove February 23, 2008
A group of kids who happen to like the same type of music as is 'in' at the moment. It is possible that they liked these bands before many others heard of them, and will continue to like them after the phase has passed. Ditto clothes. They have only been labelled 'emo' since the word came into popular culture, and is not one they would give themselves. They do not all self- harm (there is a difference between 'emo' and 'manic depressive') and do not all wear thick- rimmed glasses or wear all black.
Poser: What you listening to?
'Emo' Kid: *names band not many have heard of*
Poser: Who?
Two months later, the band have made it big and everyone knows them.
Poser: OMG, I love this band!
'Emo' Kid: You didn't know them two months ago.
The band become 'uncool' to be fans of.
Poser: You STILL listening to them?
'Emo' Kid: Yeah. So?
by Don't_label_me March 24, 2007
Something that very few people are. The style has mind-fucked every teenager into thinking that they are depressed. I, being manic and having extreme anger issues and emotional outbursts, don't even know if I'm emo. If you seriously need to look this up because of style, you aren't really emo. So there.
FAKE SCENE/EMO KID: Oh, my Gawd, my life sucks so bad. Let's go cut our wrists while listening to Hawthorne Heights on my four thousand dollar stereosystem.
by O_o_I'm_a_Freak_o_O December 31, 2008
Many People Think That An Emo Is A Person That Dresses In Skinny Jeans And Black Morbid Tops. Many Of You Also Think That An Emo Is Someone Who Has Dyed Their Hair Darker Than It Originally Was. This Is Untrue

Lets Get Some Background Into This Shall We?

Emo Was Originally A Type Of Music - Emotive Music - In The 80's And 90's I Suppose. BUTTTT Some Saddos In The Late 90's Early 2000's Decided That They'll Make Up A Meaning For The Word 'Emo' Which Is Commonly Used For Emotional People.

We All Get Sad
We All Get Happy
We All Get Exited
We All Get Depressed
We All Get Angry
We All Get Bashful
We All Get Undecided
We All Get Bloody Emotions K?

Emo Doesn't Mean Emotional
That Makes Everyone Emo

Some People Also Think That Emo's Are People Different From Themselves. Loners Maybe. Just Because Someone Is Alone At Lunch Time Doesn't Make Them Emo. Or If Someone Is Wearing Too Much Eyeliner It Makes Them Emo To Some People

Instead Of Me Ranting At You
I'm Gonna Ask You A Favor K?

Ask Before You Say
If You Want To Know If Someone Is Emo
Ask Them
If They Don't Want To Be Called Or Labelled 'Emo'Then They Obviously Aren't Emo And Will Say No Or Definately Not.
If They Are A Wannabe Emo Then They Will Say Durhh.

I Hate All Of This Labelling Shit
I Was 9 When I Was First Labelled Scene And Goth And Emo
And Back Then I Didn't Know What They Meant So I Shrugged Them Off.
I Have Only Just Turned 13 Now And It Is Really Doing My Tree In
If Humans Were Meant To Be Labelled They'd Be Cans Of Beans And Shit. Labelling Has Taken Over Every Teenager's Life

Just Don't Do It K?
What Not To Do Else You're Judgemental;

John; Emo!
Sarah; Me?
John; Yeah You Big Emo
Sarah; How Am I Emo?
John; You Dyed Your Hair And You Wear Skinnies
Sarah; So? People You Hang Around With Dyes Thier Hair And Wear Skinnies. I Don't See You Calling Them Emo
John; Cause They Aint Emo Are They?
Sarah; Yeah But What Makes Them Different To Me
John; I Know What They're Like And They Aren't Anything Emo
Sarah; Well Then. You Don't Know Anything About Me Do You?
John; Yeah I Do, I Know That You're Emo
Sarah; Obviously You Don't Know Me Then Do You?
John; Fuck Off

What To Do...

John; Oi Sarah!
Sarah; What?
John; Are You Emo?
Sarah; Fuck No
John; Oh, What Are You Then?
Sarah; Human...Why?
John; I Mean StereoType
Sarah; Oh..Nothing
John; What If You Had To Be Something?
Sarah; Erm....I'd Be...Skater Or Or Scene Or Cool Bruv
John; Oh Okay...Since When Do You Say Bruv
Sarah; Since When Don't I Say Bruv?

And So On
The Second Example Makes Life So Much Easier And Doesn't Cause Arguments/Fights

Do It For The Kids LOLOL
by Sarah-Jayne May 29, 2008
a word that people use WAY to much
You are such an emo

He is such an emo

You look like and emo!!
by Ezperanza Lopez February 11, 2007
Once apon a time the term 'emo' was actually used in context. Meaning a genre of music, linked to underground bands and sometimes known as a sub-genre of punk, rock or screamo. Now the word 'emo' is often used as a stereoype, which is insulting to one if not self proclaimed. Emo is now also seen as someone who is 'depressed' or self mutilates themselves, or someone who wears black. When infact they are just a normal person who dresses differently, doesn't like the whole gangta scene, and would rather listen to worth while bands than listening to 50cent all day round.
1. REAL menaing- "I saw this band playing emo last night, at that underground rave".
2. stupid person insulting someone they call 'emo': "God, your so emo."
apparent 'emo': Why?
stupid person: Coz, you listen to MCR, HIM, and Hawthorne Hieghts, not to mention your wear too much black and are individual".
Apparent emo (indivdual kewl person): "Whatever, I'm going to go have a life."
by o_O PosionCandy November 12, 2006

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