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A current scene in rock music that contains numerous bands who identify themselves or are labelled as emo, but share none of the stylistic traits of foundational emo bands such as Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Sunny Day Real Estate, or Texas is the Reason. This style began in the D.C. Hardcore scene during the Revolution Summer of 1985. Earlier bands often sounded akin to hardcore punk, but utilizing more dissonance and more varied time signatures. Nineties bands were often softer and focused on intricate guitar work and melodies.

Such bands may include Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Hawthorne Heights, Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, As I Lay Dying, and Panic! At the Disco, among others. Most of these bands fit more comfortably into the post-hardcore, alternative rock, or modern rock categories. These bands are known for a generic sound, whiny and/or nasally vocals, and for overtly depressing and sad lyrics. Most of the bands adhere to the stereotypes of the emo fashion, but some, like My Chemical Romance, have adopted their own identifiable look. Their guitar work usually consists of power chords, tuned to Drop-D with heavy distortion, not unlike nu-metal. Some of the more musically technical bands likely fit better into the fashioncore, metalcore, or post-hardcore scenes.
Taking Back Sunday is Mainstremo. Fugazi is emotional/emotive hardcore, the true meaning of emo.
by Wreck the Check August 1, 2006
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A New York State-based youth anti-smoking organization that uses the same manipulative tactics to attract teens that they denigrate Big Tobacco for. They have a branch in every county in New York State. The organization and its representatives tend to be hypocritical, self-righteous, and defensive when contradicted. Currently involved in a censorship campaign to ban instances of smoking from movies, without any regard for the sanctity of the art.
Most kids just go to Reality Check events for the free stuff.
by Wreck the Check December 23, 2005
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The character in any film who's clearly evil to any member of the audience, but who won't be recognized as such by the characters until it's far too late. A character may also "Palpatine" as a verb; this used to describe when the character reveals his evil nature.
The police chief in that flick was a total Palpatine. Why did no one ever realize he was evil?
by Wreck the Check August 1, 2006
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