Posted by 40ouncetofreedom
think Kurt Cobain was EMO...anyone that kills themselves for no good reason other than the fact that your a junkie is emo
Ive already shared my thoughts about Nirvana in another thread but i want to point out some things about this so called genre Emo. It is the most blatantly misundestood genre in the history of music.
Emo is a phrase orignally coming froms the genre emocore that originated in the late 80s and early 90s. Emocore is an offshoot of hardcore punk that focused less on all the anti-establishement stuff associated with punk and more on other kinds of subjects but sounded musically very similar. Some of my favorites from this era are bands like Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Jawbreaker, Husker Du, and Still Life.
Then in the mid 90s this genre evolved another type of music generally refered to as emo or indie emo. This genre softened the punk influence with some mid 90s indie rock and made some damn good tunes. Some of my favorites from this era are Sunny Day Real Estate (their album Diary is the best album ever), The Get Up Kids, Cap'n Jazz, Texas is the Reason, At the Drive-in, and The Promise Ring. The band Weezer's pinkerton album can even be thrown in with this genre. Its not for everyone but most people will admit that it doesnt suck in its entirety.
Then somewhere around the year 2000, a new set of groups started to mix in a pop-punk sound that was becoming popular and mixed it with influences from some of the groups ive mentioned previously and managed to make absolute shit. It sucks. Its the emo that most people are famaliar with and it should be made fun of.
Now some people will attribute only one of these genres to the term emo, some will include all of them. I generally use it to describe the middle one as it is my favorite of the 3. Most people however are only famaliar with the last one and therefore think the genre as a whole sucks.
My point in writing this little essay is that hopefully i can pass this information on to others so that next time someone asks me what my favorite genre of music with and im forced to use the term emo because there isnt another one out there, i dont get a bottle tossed at me from across the room.