"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.
People that think jumping off a cliff is a hobby.
Question: Would you rather kill yourself or be an emo? If you said emo, then you'll want to kill yourself. If you said kill yourself, then you already ARE one.
OK Now every Chav,Townie etc thinks emo is a person who cries all the time then cuts themselves and lives in self pity well sorry to tell you 89% of the teenage population(this is just a rough estimate it is probably higher) you are wrong!Emo's do not cut themselves a few do but then again so do chavs and goths and skaters and grebs and townies now just because emo's listen to heavier music than r & b(puke) or rap(even worse) etc it doesn't mean they cut themselves and wallow in self pity no the thing most people have failed to realize is that emo is just a music genre and fashion style.
The emo bands that are still going include: Funeral for a friend, Clash of the sirens and the haunts (there are a lot more) also i recommed going to see all of those bands they are all awesome I saw them in May.
So I leave you with this emo is a subculture of the more widely known goth it is only a fashion statement and genre of music.
chav: Go cut yourself you goddamn Emo go slit your wrists
*emo is thinking* All these chavs are telling me to slit my wrists I would say something but theres too many
its over. way over. but something else is bound to come a long to fill that gap
emo dude. *sighs* im sooooooo emo
normal person. dude its over
Emo is often confused with Emotional Sensitivity, and is more often linked to boys then girls, because of the so very 'unmanly' manner in which an emo boy acts.
Male emotional senstivity is a guy who does not feel the urge to be a macho pea-brained asshole whos only emotion is arrogance and violent anger. A sensitive male realizes that guys can cry, and say the word 'beautiful'. They can also like flowers and admit that there are other guys out there that are hot, and do lots of other 'gay' things while completely content with their heterosexuality.
(an interesting thing about this is that it is quite ok for girls to sit on each other's lap and hug and go to the washroom together etc etc and not be considered homosexual, but if a guy strikes up a random conversation on the bus with another guy, he's a faggot
This being said, an EMO (short for emotional) is someone (guy or girl) who has taken the dark, evil, brooding, shadowy and mysterious genre that goes by the name of goth, and mutilated it into a subculture of whiney sniveling teenagers. An emo is someone who dresses very similar to a goth, wearing makeup and black clothes, but is easily defined often by the lopsided swooping haircut that causes them to be half blind all the time.
A goth makes you uncomfortable standing next to them on a long bus ride, and if done right are dark and creepy and cool looking. Take the ban...
Not all depressed, most just misunderstood.
EMO BOYS ARE HOT! *licks lips*
Emo is something that Green Day has got nothing to do with....
F U C K THOSE WHO WROTE THAT GREEN DAY IS EMO
4) People who listen to the following: Fall-Out-Boy, My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Greenday
by Meagan Eden Rogers
me: F U C K it is Green Day, not Greenday
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Just because you dress like Green Day, doesn't mean you're emo! You guys frustrate me so much! AH!!!
me: F U C K Green Day don't wear any emo clothes, you dumbass!!!
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Green Day is the worst Punk/Emo band ever
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Some One that slits their wrists or any part of the body, listens to crappy emo music like Simple Plan, GreenDay and The Used.
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ME: why the f u c k do you think that Green Day is emo? Do they dress like emos? NO!!!!!
Do they have emo lyrics? Well if you think that "when masturbation's lost its fun, you're fu c kin g lazy" is emo, then their lyrics are soooo emo =)))
Or this one is a "great" example of emo lyrics, it's from the song called "burnout"
" I THREW MY EMOTIONS IN THE GRAVE - HELL WHO NEEDS THEM ANYWAY "
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F U C K, GREEN DAY IS NOT EMO!!! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT EMO SHIT!!!
Emos wear makeup and cry lots. They claim that they aren't scared to be themselves. If this was true they would admit they are useless would stop acting depressed. Maybe then they would get a little more respect. When they aren't getting their asses kicked, they get drunk and have sex with dead animals. Emo guys will do anything to make themselves look like a faggot
. Some of these dipshits even claim to be straight. Emo's think people give a shit about some stupidass emotional trauma they suffer from. They have greasy hair and they usualy suck.
Spliffy - Hey Emo Kid, makeup is for homo's!
Emo Kid - Lots of straight people wear makeup
Spliffy - No they don't
Emo Kid - You're right, I suck and you're better than me.