Emo Kid




















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So I take this thing and it rates me as an Emo. This really pissed me off because I’m anything but emo.

Wikipedia defines “emo” as: Emo is a slang term used to describe a subculture; the term comes from the word “emotional”. Emo is best known for its fashion style and attitude, which are said to have come from emo music.

Clothing: Very dark or black clothing, hair, makeup and jewelry is the most common trend in emo fashion. Other emo styles include: tight or skinny jeans (also called cigarette pants or drainpipes pants) on males and females alike, as well as males often wearing females pants; tight t-shirts which often bear the name of a rock band; studded belts and or belts with large buckles; shoes include Chuck Taylor All-Stars, skater shoes, or other black shoes, usually well worn in; fringe bangs often brushed to one side of the face, and hair is usually dyed black and straight; thick, black horn-rimmed glasses are also worn. Some other trends in emo fashion include preppy clothing, such as fitted sweaters and button down shirts, as well as shopping at thrift stores and wearing second hand clothing.

This doesn’t fit me, although I sometimes wear black clothing, I often wear clothes with color. I prefer wearing red or blue with khaki or black pants/shorts, and often I’ll wear green. Also, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, and I don’t wear makeup. As far as my clothes go, they’re rarely tight on me. The only band shirt I wear is Shinedown (and that’s NOT an emo band!).

Take a look at my photos. Do I dress like an emo? According to that description, no. Also, my hair is short and blonde – that description says emo’s have long dark hair.

Personality: The term emo comes from the word “emotional”. “At its core, emo is all about being upfront with your emotions”[5] and because the focus of emo music is “dealing with sadness and love and angst…also characterized by particularly dramatic vocals which, at best, left the audience == in an emotionally charged state”[5] there is more to being emo than just being sad. One common expression of “feeling emo” writing poetry. Poetry addresses feelings such as confusion, depression, loneliness, angst, anger, being misunderstood, and feeling disconnected from the rest of the world.

Again, this doesn’t fit me as I don’t care what people think of me. I may be different but I’m not going to “deal with it”, I’m going to accept and embrace that I’m unique and noone can take that away from me. I’ve written poetry before, and it had nothing to do with being disconnected or being depressed. In fact, it had to do with characterizing landscapes.

Music: The label of “Emotionally” was shortend to “Emocore”, which soon came to be attached as a stigma to respected bands such as the original A.F.I. (a Fire Inside), Green Day, and the original Fall Out Boy, all bands that have been around for over a decade. In the last two years, the “Emocore” stigma became popular once again and was shortened again to just simply “Emo”. The even broader spectrum of sound attached My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, Panic! At The Disco, Green Day, A.F.I. and other bands thought to have totally different sounds in the same genre.

The most recognizable names of the period included Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party, and, slightly later, Moss Icon.

Bands of the period included Heroin, Indian Summer, Drive Like Jehu, Angel Hair, Antioch Arrow, Universal Order of Armageddon, Swing Kids, and Mohinder.

Also, a handful of modern bands continue to reflect emo’s hardcore origins, including Circle Takes the Square, Hot Cross, City of Caterpillar, Funeral Diner, and A Day in Black and White.

The initial bands in this category included Boy’s Life and Cap’n Jazz. In ensuing years, bands such as The Promise Ring, Braid, Elliott, Bright Eyes, Cursive and The Get Up Kids emerged from the same scene and gained national attention.

former punk rockers Jimmy Eat World began stirring emo influences into their music

AFI, Alexisonfire, Brand New, Bright Eyes, Coheed and Cambria, Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, From First to Last, Funeral for a Friend, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco, Senses Fail, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Story of the Year, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, The Used, and Underoath

Many of the bands they mention are ones I’ve never heard of or have just heard the name but have never listened to. MY bands though include Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Great White, Audioslave, Hinder, Duran Duran, The All-American Rejects, and Andre and the Night Hounds, NONE of which are considered “emo”.

In short, I’m not emo, I’m an individualist. I dress my own way, listen to my own stuff, and am not suicidal. I’ve been called emo before by some of my best friends, and it irritates me. Basically, anyone who calls anyone emo without researching it first is a tard!


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