Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by snapa, Jul 26, 2004.
That is all...
no, but most of em are dead, and isnt that a little
they were a boy band
Boy bands don't play their own instruments...
hanson = boy band
you are wrong.
Nope...they are not a boy band...just a band
So you're telling me all "boy bands" need to include guys...
So the Eagles are a boy band...as is Grand Funk Railroad...
the beastie boys are a boy band
Who in the fuck would call the Beatles emo?
they were pretty emotional.
Emotional != emo
what does = emo, then?
teenagers who don't know any better
ZERO concept of who the Beatles were and what kind of music they made
Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.
It takes a 35 year old to know
hmmm...interesting....taking back sunday and saves the day, two hallmarks of emo, do not fit that description at all....
i understand who the beatles are, i just want the thread starter to try to define emo.
What Is It?
The short and simple answer is that Emo is Hardcore Punk music with sensitive and emotional lyrics. The music is epitomized by post-Grunge, edgy rock with explosive energy mixed with sensitivity. Emotional lyrics about sadness, love and even anger are common lyrical themes. There is also a subculture of young people that are considered Emo. The casual Emo garb is faded blue jeans or slightly oversized work pants accompanied by a secondhand T-shirt with an out of place logo, bad Heavy Metal tees work well too. Good shoes would be Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops or old skool low-top Vans. The more extreme clothes of choice would include horn-rimmed glasses, cardigan sweaters, dorky polo shirts, pants that are a bit too short and hair that is spiky or messy in the back with straight cut bangs.
Where It Started
Emo was born out of the ashes of the Hardcore punk band Minor Threat. They were a Straight Edge Punk band, meaning that they promoted clean living (no drugs, alcohol or sex combined with antiestablishment politics). When Minor Threat broke up in 1984, members formed other bands like Embrace, Rites Of Spring and later Fugazi, which were the first Emo bands. They still played hardcore punk music, but the lyrics were more expressive and emotional instead of being focused on politics and disenchanted youth (like most punk). Other early influences came from Husker Du and The Descendants and All.
How It Progressed
As time went on, bands began toning down the Hardcore aspect of the music, making it much more appealing to the average listener. Christie Front Drive infused pop sensibilities like catchy melodies and hooks into the music and kept the Emo style lyrics. This formula would prove to be very successful and influential. After the hype of Grunge died down in the mid 90s, artists like Sunny Day Real Estate burst from obscurity into the spotlight and became a blueprint for the style. Weezer took it a step further and created a Pop-Punk / Emo hybrid.
Emo is one of the most widespread and hottest genres. Although it's moved far away from it's Hardcore beginnings, it still has it's independent spirit intact. That said, major record labels have taken notice and released albums by Jimmy Eat World, At The Drive-In and Weezer just to name a few, and many more are surely in the works. However, many newer bands are coming dangerously close to losing credibility by taking the music too far into the Pop/Punk realm of bands like Green Day or Blink-182.
I know.. I wasnt calling you retarted.
It looks like I was.. but I wasnt.
Originally an arty outgrowth of hardcore punk, emo became an important force in underground rock by the late '90s, appealing to modern-day punks and indie-rockers alike. Some emo leans toward the progressive side, full of complex guitar work, unorthodox song structures, arty noise, and extreme dynamic shifts; some emo is much closer to punk-pop, though it's a bit more intricate.
Emo lyrics are deeply personal, usually either free-associative poetry or intimate confessionals. Though it's far less macho, emo is a direct descendant of hardcore's preoccupations with authenticity and anti-commercialism; it grew out of the conviction that commercially oriented music was too artificial and calculated to express any genuine emotion. Because the emo ideal is authentic, deeply felt emotion that defies rational analysis, the style can be prone to excess in its quest for ever-bigger peaks and releases. But at its best, emo has a sweeping power that manages to be visceral, challenging, and intimate all at once.
The groundwork for emo was laid by Hüsker Dü's 1984 landmark Zen Arcade, which made it possible for hardcore bands to tackle more personal subject matter and write more tuneful and technically demanding songs. Emo emerged in Washington, D.C. not long after, amidst the remnants of the hardcore scene that had produced Minor Threat and Bad Brains. The term "emo" (sometimes lengthened to "emocore") was initially used to describe hardcore bands who favored expressive vocals over the typical barking rants; the first true emo band was Rites of Spring, followed by ex-Minor Threat singer Ian MacKaye's short-lived Embrace.
MacKaye's Dischord label became the center for D.C.'s growing emo scene, releasing work by Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, Nation of Ulysses, and MacKaye's collaboration with members of Rites of Spring, Fugazi. Fugazi became the definitive early emo band, crossing over to alternative rock listeners and getting press for their uncompromisingly anti-commercial attitudes. Aside from the Dischord stable, most early emo was deeply underground, recorded by extremely short-lived bands and released on vinyl in small quantities by small labels; some vocalists literally wept onstage during song climaxes, earning derision from hardcore purists.
Fugazi notwithstanding, emo didn't really break out of obscurity until the mid-'90s emergence of Sunny Day Real Estate, whose early work defined the style in the minds of many. Tempering Fugazi's gnarled guitar webs with Seattle grunge, straight-up prog-rock, and crooned vocals, SDRE launched a thousand imitators who connected with their dramatic melodies and introspective mysticism. Some of this new generation connected equally with the wry, geeky introspection and catchy punk-pop of Weezer's Pinkerton album. While several artists continued to build on Fugazi's innovations (including Quicksand and Drive Like Jehu), most '90s emo bands borrowed from some combination of Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Weezer.
Groups like the Promise Ring, the Get Up Kids, Braid, Texas Is the Reason, Jimmy Eat World, Joan of Arc, and Jets to Brazil earned substantial followings in the indie-rock world, making emo one of the more popular underground rock styles at the turn of the millennium.