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okay...for all you haters out there...emo is not a guy/girl who wants attention. emo is not wearing skinny jeans, eyeliner, having black hair, and carrying a razor. most emos are the happiest people around. if you think emo stands for "emotional" you are somewhat right. if you think it means someone who is always depressive, you are wrong!! emo is when you can be extrememly happy and extremely sad. so for all those people who hate emos, who dont have enough courage to be themselves,who are afraid of a color (obviously black if you all make such a big deal out of it), THINK what you want. but KNOW that youre wrong.
guy-yesterday she was so happy. today shes so sad.
other guy-shes just emo.
by xxBFMVxx January 28, 2008
1.A sub-genre of punk music that has very emotional(hence emo)lyrics, often talking about suicide,love,or death.also see screamo

2.A culture in which the people listen to emo/screamo music,are very emotional,often very artistic, and feel that no one understands them. Some emos are gay or bisexual. stereotyped as depressed or angry.

3.Many characterize emos by thier clothes. Often includes band tees(often dead or unheard-of bands),very tight "drainpipe" pants,black/striped clothing, hoodies,and studded or metal accessories. Many wear converse

4.Hair is often dyed black, dark brown, or an unnatural color. often parted to one side, covering one eye

5.Many people stereotype emos as the people who cut themselves. this stereotype is not completely true. Emos are publically emotional people, and this may lead to cutting, but just remember that there are preps,jocks,and skaters that cut or self harm as well.
1.The Rites of Spring is an emo band

2.Just because a person is emo doesnt mean they are gay or bi.

3.Emo is also a type of clothes.

4.Erin must be emo because she looks like one, and she listens to emo music.

5.Sam cuts, but she's a prep, and even though Erin is emo, she doesnt.
by gvr&hlpr January 28, 2008
EMO - is more fashion than anything else, the fashion is mainly wearing black, jet black hair (covering half the face), lip piercings, eyeliner. Sadly emo get stereotyped to being kids who sit and cut themselves which is crap. That is NOT emo thats just a sad thing called depression (get help!) and infact many "emos" disagree with self mutalation completely. Emos are said to be moody, dark and have bleak outlooks on life but most are happy and comfortable with their own styles.

Many bands are also considered to be emo such as My Chemical Romance, From First To Last, Hawthorne Heights, 30 Seconds To Mars etc as they sing on moody and sometimes death related themes.

Last note, dont judge or stereotype "emo" people especialy if you dont know them. You wouldnt want someone to judge you.
An "emo" guy might wear - black skinny jeans, black "band name hear" t-shirt, hair in his face, eyeliner.
by "insert my name here" November 27, 2006
Emo (an abbreviation of "emotional") is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional rock's limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term "emo" originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term addressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of rock music.


The roots of the emo style can be traced to two seminal bands of the post-punk era. In 1983, Mission of Burma's album VS did much to expand rock beyond its original constraints while still retaining its raw emotional punch. There are still emo bands around today, but most of them take on a full-on screaming approach (hence the name Screamo) like Circle Takes The Square and Saetia. In 1984, Hüsker Dü's album Zen Arcade established what is widely considered to be the definitive blueprint for emo: simple, raw guitar-oriented music with intense vocals and deeply introspective songwriting.

As the style caught on, bands such as Moss Icon, Policy of Three, Navio Forge and Indian Summer evolved the form into what became known as simply "emo", a style which intensified the dramatic aspects of vocal performances in order to achieve a cathartic breakthrough with the audience. Done well, the result was powerful emotional release that often left emo bands and their audiences crying or screaming at the end of performances. While effective, such open displays of emotion made many traditional rock fans uncomfortable, and caused much friction between the two camps.

With the mass-market acceptance of alternative music in the early 1990s, a new derivative style variously called "chaotic emo", "screamo", and "Emo Violence" emerged featuring a blend of the more aggressive parts of bands like Rites of Spring, mixed chaotic rock music and with abrasive, emotional screaming vocals. The record label Gravity from San Diego, California was a major influence in releasing many defining records of the style in the early 1990s. Significant emo bands include Heroin, Angel Hair, Antioch Arrow, Swing Kids, and Mohinder. Many of these emo bands, such as Antioch Arrow, were significant to a blossoming scene on the west coast of the United States. After the decline of the significant bands in this movement, the focus on emo has shifted to the east coast instead. Focus on Screamo has shifted to Europe.

Later in the 90s, bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Elliott, Christie Front Drive, Get Up Kids, Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring and Mineral explored a more moderately paced form of emo that mixed the early emo sound of Rites of Spring with the post-hardcore innovation of Fugazi and Quicksand. This style is sometimes referred to as "midwestern emo", due to many of the bands coming from midwestern American cities like Chicago or Kansas City.

Today, the term "emo" is increasingly ambiguous. With the success of such power pop bands as The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World and The Promise Ring, the music industry has eagerly appropriated the term "emo" as a marketing tool. Consequently, the emo label is now wrongly applied to a wide assortment of many diverse guitar-pop bands, such as Thursday, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, the New Amsterdams, and more recently to quieter, acoustic-driven bands such as Dashboard Confessional. Bands such as Bright Eyes are often mistaken for emo but are not.

Recently, as emo has edged its way into the public consciousness, non-fans of the genre (and even some ironic fans) have taken to using the term as a condescending insult, representing the stereotype of the angst-filled and overly-dramatic teenager. Examples include "cheer up, emo kid" or "I hate emo-fags".

Emo fashion:

"Emo fashion" seems to be directly derived from pre-existing rock fashion and retains staples from it, including the tendency for dyed, flat matte black hair and multiple piercings; in particular, labrets and ear "plugs" are prominent. Rolled-up (and often times form-fitting) jeans and t-shirts displaying sarcastic slogans or images of old-time cartoons are popular as well. Also band t-shirts, buttons for bands, and converse all-stars tend to be worn. More recently, many aspects of emo fashion have become mainstream and are regularly sold at stores like Hot Topic. Emo fashion, according to its proponents, is deeply rooted in a "being proud of who you are", anti-consumer subculture. Critics of the fashion point out that it has become so mainstream that it has become shallow and antithetical to this notion. To this extent, various websites and magazines have taken to poking fun at "emo kids" and stereotypical emo fashion, some offering guides to "making yourself emo".
emo: The Hated, Native Nod, Indian Summer, Sleepytime Trio, Evergreen, Embassy, Moss Icon

emocore: Rites of Spring, Gray Matter, early Lifetime, Samiam, Hot Water Music, Ignition, Jawbreaker, Kerosene 454

post-emo indie: Sunny Day Real Estate, Promise Ring, Mineral, Getup Kids, Jets To Brazil, Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Braid

nu-emo: The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Thursday, Finch, Thrice, Senses Fail, Machbook Romance
by Jadyn June 23, 2005
Describes people who post depressing or emo status updates on the web via instant messenger, twitter, facebook, myspace, and the like.

These people are often perfectly fine or in a perfectly capable position to resolve their issues but much rather sully their peers' newsfeeds with dispiriting song lyrics and messages. Secretly we all wish they would shut up.
Bow Wow has a net-worth of over $3 million.

Bow Wow's e-mo tweet: "Some days I wake up and I do want to just fit in sometimes. I didn't mean it like I wanted kill myself, it’s like, 'Yo, I wonder, like, when will I get peace?' I guess when I’ll get it, is when I’m dead."

Shut up Bow Wow.
by daremedy April 05, 2011
welllllll.......... Emo mean's Potato in japan so all you whom label yourselves as emo are potatos HA!!!!!!!
american emo in japan: I'm so emo

Japanese person: A potato?
by Mikimiki_the_frog January 03, 2009
in other words abbreviated for " eat me out ."
damn that nigga did me dirty he can emo!
by nannii October 24, 2008