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What the Heck is “Emo” Anyway? Part II

March 11th, 2003


What the Heck is “Emo” Anyway? Part III

“Call me emo one more time, and I’m gonna cry!”

The Paradox

According to an article in Spin Magazine, Vagrant Records’ president Richard Egan claims that Weezer’s “Pinkerton” was the inspiration for many bands who fall into the emo category, including Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day. Weezer, though all of their albums vary in style, had somehow helped define a genre they would spend the following years trying to escape. Weezer is not considered by many to actually be emo, but they remain one of the primary influences. And although Cuomo is quoted in Pulse as having said: “For the most part, emo is worthless. ‘Pinkerton’ is worthless. And all of it is gonna die. It’s bad music. I really think that. It’s just not rock,” he can’t escape it. I hate to break it to ya Weezer, without you guys, emo as it is today would probably not exist. Sorry. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

What the Heck is “Emo” Anyway? Part II

March 11th, 2003


What the Heck is “Emo” Anyway? Part II

“I like to show my individuality, so I dress emo.”

The Style

As emo garnered a look from people who wanted nothing to do with it and a sound from groups who wanted nothing to do with it, it also gathered endorsement from companies that wanted everything to do with it. Once television, radio, and print got hold, the aesthetic appeal of a new underground style with a “Revenge of the Nerds” mentality was too good. You can’t stop reading about how it appeals to the down-trodden outcasts, the heart-broken losers, the emotional geeks. The media also just loves playing the bands off as this. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews