Listening to: Bjork: Volta-Declare Independence
Reading: The Punisher-Kitchen Irish
Playing: Virtua Fighter 5
The Emo genre and subculture has become something that is very hard to define. Because of this it is difficult to trace its ancestry. Most people who claim to be "in the know" cite the D.C. hardcore/punk scene and more specifically the band Rites Of Spring as the founders of emo. However, history has shown that it is rash to attribute the formation of a musical genre to one band. By looking at the musical scenes of the late 1980's and early 1990's we can better determine the roots and influences that started and continue to affect the emo genre and subculture.
Before one can understand where "emo" comes from one must first understand what it is today. "I prefer to think of it [emo] as punk rock that's more melodic and introspective/depressing than hardcore, but still tapping into that primal energy and anger" (DeRogatis 1). This style of music has spawned a subculture of and scene that has been continually growing since the early nineties. Most of the kids look like nerds; wear dark rimmed glasses, chuck taylor high tops, and thrift store clothes. It is pretty easy to stereotype an "emo" kid, which is ironic because no can seem to define "emo" music. ~cited the Origin of Emo
So this is for all you dumbasses using terms you don't even know the meaning too. It's a musical reference you moronic assholes. So, if a person is expressing they're feelings or depressed about something, doesn't make them an EMO person. For example, Edgar Allen Poe is NOT emo. He was manic depressive. That's it.
If you wear tight ass nuthugging jeans, have cropped hair in the back and long in the front, and make-up it doesn't mean your emo. Your just a "scene kid". Or as I call them, "Brownie Bashers". You're into the emo music scene. It doesn't make you emo. If you're in a emo band it doesn't mean the people in that band are emo. It's ONLY the music.
So, please, anyone who is just slapping people with this label just becuase that person is expressing they're feelings, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS! Becuse unless your some kind of fucking android and not human, you get emotional too. So the next time you cry or feel sad or gloomy, I won't be ignorant enough to call you emo. I might call you a pussy...but definantly not emo.