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A genre of music that can be traced back to the Washington DC punk scene in the mid 80s. Many bands who do not claim to be influenced by this genre are pegged as emo because of its vague definition and negative stereotype. (see emo or emo (adjective)) Modern day bands that are tagged as emo (MCR Fall out Boy etc) deny relation to the original genre, but in the opinion of many have similar music/ play the stereotype well.
Bands form the original emo (sub-genre)include "The Promise Ring" "Rites Of Spring" "Boy's Life"
by M34T4L H34LTH August 29, 2008

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