"Emo" is not short for "Emotional." "Emo" does not mean Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional, despite what MTV has lead you to believe in the last few years. "Emo" is not sidebangs, tight pants, and male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships. "Emo" is not the use of diluted, meaningless metaphors and similes such as "My arms are like pinecones," and most definitely is not the rampant use of words such as "autumn," "heart," "knife," "bleeding," "leaves," and "razorblade."
I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."
Now, onto the real definition.
In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.
Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.
Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."
Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.
Hope that helps.
Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, and My Chemical Romance falls under the "horrible pop rock" genre, not the emo genre.
Rites of Spring is emo.
is used to decribe a variety of persons who, in a sense, create their own self destruction. To their own demise they try to stay away from so called "pop culture" while forming their own "uniqueness". Unfortunately they all derive upon the same style, which leads to them all looking and acting the same way. Their absolute resentment towards mainstream media and culture froces a semi-subculture in which the aforementioned transduce themselves into a contained category. Altough previous definitions covered a wide variety of definitions, the typical emo character will prove to only show his/her "emoness" when cavorting with people or persons who agree with their own tastes and sentimental passions. Also you must listen to semi- coroded late 80's early 90's punk knock off bands.
"Hey that group of people look like emos because they all have a common lame taste in really shitty music that while trying to sound original and unique, end up sounding exactly the same."
an emo is an usually an emotionally disturbed person usually teenagers as younger generations dont get the same pressure and adults can rationalize the situiation. for example i felt very lonely and it seemed i was the only one that felt that way. i just started cutting myself and i already have everything else. i already listened to gothik music and wore lots of black with black convo's. back to the subject however...
im emotionally disturbed. i will become emo. i like the emos anyway.
White person who cuts themselves or always wears black. They are friendless and cry. Most take pills and want to kill themselves. Most are attracted to the same sex.
Conversation of Mr. and Mr. Emo:
M: I WANT TO DIE
K: I want to cut myself
M: SO DO I
K: I want to make out with you
M: SO DO I
K: Let's cut each each other while making out
M: Ok, I love you
K: So do i
M: Let's take pills
5 minutes later
M: I WANT TO DIE
K: so do i
M: Let's kill each other
Emo- short for an over emotional person.
Emo's are fun to make fun of.
Know for cutting themselves and crying a lot.They really need to get a life. Can be spotted due to black hair that covers one eye, black clothes, and black make-up(even on the males). Not to be mistaken for Scene kids.
Be mean to the emos make them cry
see also fag, faggot, gay, homo
2. Genre of music that cant be described as rock because of the homosexual undertones or pop because of the semi - non - "mainstream" theme. "god-squad" bands are especially prominent in this genre , this music is an enigma because as soon as anyone other than the first person to hear the band, listens to the music, it becomes unpopular. so bands are constantly called "sellouts" which raises the question. How can they be sellouts if no one gives a fuck?
Bill: omg dude danielle left me...
Zach: dude quit that shit your not gonna go emo on me and fuck some butch girl or really feminine dude right?
Bill: what? no way! im not gonna let some cunt run my life who needs that stupid whore
Zach: exactly lets go get a beer
Craig: hey is that (insert emo band here)?!?! i love them!!!
Gary: wow, i like these sellouts less now thanks ass
Craig: what the hell just happened?
See flagrant homosexual.
Those emo kids and that emo music are pissing me off.
a person who wants to die and is totally emotionlly unstable
it can also be a version of crap punk rock or metal and sounds cool but the lyrics normally contain words that are made up.
A Goth is like a wannaby emo but wont kill them selfs