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Emo is a kind of music that is short for "emotive hardcore". The genre first formed in the mid-1980s from hardcore punk.[1] In the mid 1990s, emo was known with indie rock music. Once it became mainstream in the 2000s, it became shaped by pop-punk music and skatepunk. Cities like Washington, D.C. were the first to develop the emo movement.

Fashion[change | change source]

Today, emo is more often associated with fashion than with music.[2] Emo (sometimes referred to as "scene") is a teen subculture, though many people use "emo" as an insult. Emo kids are stereotyped as wearing dark (especially black) clothes, mostly wearing tight shirts, skinny jeans and Converse shoes. Most Emo girls and some boys wear thick "raccoon" eyeliner. They are also stereotyped as having black dyed hair, or naturally colored with streaks or coon-tails, or unnatural-colored with fringe bangs swept to one side. The emo culture is also associated with being depressed, introverted, shy and cutting.

The emo culture is sometimes confused with the goth and the scene culture. Goth, scene and emo are similar in some ways, but have many major differences. Especially the emo and scene culture are very similar to each other, by being associated with the same clothes and hairstyles. Emo and scene are therefore more similar to each other than emo and goth are. Emo is different than scene music wise. Emo and goth are different belief wise.

Music[change | change source]

One of the founding bands of the emo genre was Rites of Spring. Present emo bands include, Hedley (band), The Used, Circle Takes the Square, and Hawthorne Heights. Older emo bands include Garbage, The Get Up Kids, Sunny Day Real Estate, Gray Matter, Jimmy Eat World and Still Life.

In recent years the term emo has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts such as My Chemical Romance,[3] Fall Out Boy[4] and disparate groups such as and, Paramore[4] and Panic at the Disco,[5] even when they protest the label.

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  2. Emo Culture - Why The Long Fringe?. 3news. Event occurs at 1:17-1:22.
  3. "My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way Taps Another Nail Into 'Emo' Coffin", Rolling Stone, September 20, 2007, retrieved 2 May 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 F. McAlpine, "Misery Business", 14 June 2007,, retireved 2 April 2009.
  5. "Panic! At The Disco declare emo 'Bullshit!' The band reject 'weak' stereotype", NME, 18 December 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2008.