Emo Is Cool











I often, here and in real life, get commments like: this band isn’t emo! And I totally get why you don’t want your favourite band to be tagged emo: because a lot of people mean this as a bad thing. But there are tow ways of using the word emo:

-in a bad sense, used by people who hated it and wrongly think that emos are suicidal crybabies

-in a good sense, used by people like me and you, who get it and love it

So when I tag a band emo, I mean that this band is amazing and so worth obssesing over and that you should be proud to be a fan!

I hope we understand ourselves now 😀

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{June 1, 2008}   Emos from the small screen

So, I was thinking what to talk about in this section and since I’m a huge TV show addict, I decided to take a look at some characters from my favourite shows, that I find emo…

Dr. Gregory House from House, portrayed by Hugh Laurie

Even though emo is usually connected to young people, I found House the model of emo. He loves music (maybe not emo, but still), he likes being alone, doesn’t live by the rules of society, is always looking for meaning… Aside from having these real emo qualities, he also has some stereotypical emo qualities: he’s depressed most of the time and he self-injured himself when he was of Vicodin.

 

 

 

Kerry Hennessy from 8 Simple Rules, portrayed by Amy Davidson

Apart from liking emo music, bands like Blink 182 and New Found Glory, she always feels like the whole world has turned against her, she strives for more in life and she fights for animal right (which many emos do, lots of them are also vegeratians).

 

 

 

Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy, portrayed by Ellen Pompeo

With her, it’s hard to say if she represents parts of real or stereotypical emo. She is depreressed a lot, which is definately stereotypical, but I think that her inabillity to just enjoy life goes for most emos.

 

 

 

 

Peter Petrelli from Heroes, portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia

Even though he has plenty of oportunities to live a “normal” life, he wants to do it his way. He has a sense of non-belonging, he thinks he is ment for grateness. For the stereotypical part, his family thiks he’s suicidal, though he really is not, he just thinks he can fly (which makes sense here :D)

 

 

 

 

Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill, portrayed by Hillarie Burton

Let’s see: what about her isn’t emo? She loves emo music, doesn’t have luck with love, likes to draw emotional stuff… She is also the reason that the show is filled with amazing emo tunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Cohen from The O.C., portrayed by Adam Brody

He’s supposedly the most emo character TV’s ever had. He doesn’t fit in, is alone most of the time (before the story evolves of course :D), is awkward with women. He’s also obsessed with Death Cab For Cutie.

 

 

 

 

 



{May 24, 2008}   Emo fashion

As you could see from the title, today I’m gonna talk about emo fashion. The image above shows how typical emo girl and boy are supposed to look like. Though every emo has his/her own style, there are some stuff all emos (are supposed to) have in common: band T-shirts; tight jeans; Vans, Converse and Draven shoes; horn rimmed glasses; lots of eyeliner; acessries, such as studdet belts and plug earings. Colors that emos wear are usually black, red and grey, though many of so-called emo brands also make colorful products these days.

And here are some emo don’ts according to the book I already presented: bright colors, wide ties, rings, dress over jeans.

I hope you got the main idea how emos looks like 😀



{May 17, 2008}   Alternative Press

The magazine that started as a fanzine in 1985, is now the most popular mag in emo circles. It has everything an emo music fan can want: articles about esatblished bands from all genres of emo, punk and rock, album reviews and lots of unsigned and not-yet-pupular bands. In addition, it has articles on some new movies, tv shows, manga stuff and video games, cool clothes and the gear you always wanted to have but didn’t know where to find. Really, when you start reading it, you can’t put it away!

Some articles and subscritions can be found here: http://www.altpress.com/



As promised, this time, I’m writing about a great emo book: Everybody hurts: An Essential Guide To Emo Culture. It was writen by Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelly (both contributors of Alternative Press, magazine, that I’m presenting next time) and approved by many emo artists, like  Chris Carraba and Pete Wentz. If you like emo, don’t like it or just want to have a laugh, this book is for you. It’s so funnilly writen and it gives you the picture of waht emo really is. You can have a look here, so I’ll just quote my favourite pasage about why emo is also used to describe the lifestyle, not only music:

without the specific genre of emo we would have to call fans who follow it Those Who Wear Too Much Eyeliner, Listen to Depressing Music About Depressing Tpoics Like Depression, and Are Big Balls of Insecurity Who Would Rather Jump out a Window Then Attepmt to Talk to the Opposite Sex. And let’s be honest, TWWTMELTDMADTLDAABBOIWWRJOOAWTATTTTOS is a really crappy acronym.” 😀



{April 27, 2008}   What is emo?

Firts, I have to straight something out: all emos don’t cut themsleves and cutting yourself doesn’t make you emo! It is common belief, that this is mainly what emo is about…but those who think so are wrong. Yes, some emos do cut themsleves…but a lot of people who do it are not emo and a lot of emos don’t do it.

Ok, now that we straightened that out, we could talk about what emo is. The Wikipeida definition is:

Emo (pronounced /ˈiːmoʊ/) is a style of rock music which describes several independent variations of music with common stylistic roots. As such, use of the term has been the subject of much debate. In the mid-1980s, the term emo described a subgenre of hardcore punk which originated in the Washington, D.C. music scene. In later years, the term emocore, short for “emotional hardcore”, was also used to describe the emotional performances of bands in the Washington, D.C. scene and some of the offshoot regional scenes such as Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party, and later, Moss Icon. (In more recent years, the term “emotive hardcore” entered the lexicon to describe the period.)

Starting in the mid-1990s, the term emo began to refer to the indie scene that followed the influences of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is the Reason had a more indie rock style of emo, more melodic and less chaotic. The so-called “indie emo” scene survived until the late 1990s, as many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As the remaining indie emo bands entered the mainstream, newer bands began to emulate the mainstream style. As a result, the term “emo” became a vaguely defined identifier rather than a specific genre of music.

So as you can see, the point of emo lies in music. Music that you feel with, that makes you laugh, cry…music you relate to and music that can change your life.

Fashion and style is also a big part of emo subculture, but I’ll talk about this in weeks to come.

Next time: The best emo book on the planet!



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