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  Those crazy Emo kids - Where do they come from?
June 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm

If there’s a word that strikes up a response or an opinion faster then the word “abortion” its –


This word holds a great deal of significance to those who know what it refers to:

“A subculture of individuals unbiased by gender, race, or orientation who subscribe to a certain style of music and clothing and/or lifestyle.” (this is my definition)

Wikipedia gives a different definition:

“Emo is a style of hardcore punk which describes several variations of music with common roots. 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.”

But no matter which way you “cut” it (ha ha bad pun, I know) The Emo culture has become as influential as the goth and grunge culture was when I was elementary and high school. Now that I’m out of school I am far removed from this younger and newer invasion, which means that I like so many others may not understand it as much. Instead I like so many other point fingers, laugh, and make bad puns.

I’m not here to make fun of the Emo kids or their culture right now but instead to examine why they are the way they are, what made them and perhaps how they will influence the next generation.

When I was in school (I graduated HS in 1999) the popular trends were grunge (which was petering out), goth, prep, and “punk” (I use this term loosely as punk has been around a long time and it wasn’t terribly popular @ my school)

Let it also be stated that I lived in a very small town in a rural commuter suburb with very little cultural diversity.

In the late 90’s the economy was good (I paid $.88 per gallon), the president was a Pimp, and we were the children of the 80’s “me” generation. There was a larger middle class coming out of the 80s, and in general children got what they wanted, when they wanted it. (this is a vast generalization, I know.)

Punk kids did what they want when they wanted to because they were “rebels” and the goth kids did what they wanted, when they wanted to because they were “different” and were “suffering for their art/cause.” These were people who chose to stand out and make a statement possibly because of an agenda or just because it was what they believed in.

But these kids got older, got jobs and moved on up. The late 90s was filled with coffee houses, expression, and the birth of slam poetry. Make a difference was the cry, or at least be different.

Now lets move forward past the century break into the early 2000s. Bush, Iraq, 9/11, the country in general has taken a different turn; much of our youth is disenfranchised with the choices our leaders have made. High School breeds some interesting trends it would seem. Out of a society frustrated with its state of mind, and place in the world bore a mainstream emo culture.

But it would be wrong to blame it solely on “society”, musical tastes also played a huge roll in this change. Bands like Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World (which I both like before anyone goes accusing me of anything…) helped bring the emo culture into a mainstream limelight.

MTV of course plays a huge roll in influencing the fashion, style and mentality of the youth of America. (If you’re into that sort of thing that is.)

Emo is a natural progression of teens and the early twenties folk. It’s a tumultuous time for many people regardless of background or otherwise. Depression is an epidemic the world over and its no wonder why in our time, with our failing economy, rather bumbling leadership, and the failure of our credit system.

Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

As it was so eloquently said by Neil in the Shoutbox – “There’s a little emo in all of us.” However as with many fads, one can take an idea or a lifestyle too far. I remember the goth kids cutting words into their arms, which was not a good idea then and its not a good idea now but it doesn’t stop people from getting too deep into a culture.

If you’d like to read more about the progression fo the Emo community (which apparently has beena round since the 1980s… who knew?) you can check out the Wikipedia entry.

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Jerf On The Clerf said at June 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm:

hhahahahahahaha emo coming from hardcore punk.

the only think hardcore punks get sad about is their lack of beer.


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Ajm113 said at June 21, 2008 at 7:20 am:

I don't really see emo's that much, doesn't surprise me a bit where I live and most people don't even know the definition of it that much.

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[Lemon] Pixxel_Envyie said at June 19, 2008 at 2:25 pm:

I've noticed that a lot of the 'emo' kids now are less about music than they are about their general image. I'm sure some stick to their musical roots, but in my opinion Hot Topic and MTV make these kids the way they are- supposedly about individuality when all they're doing is copying the current 'scene' idol.

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Kickback said at June 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm:

Emo isn't a state of mind, people do feel down but that's just feeling down, feeling unhappy about something is natural really. Emo itself as a fad is just something to ignore or be a part of really, sure emo kids are funny to laugh at and nobody likes a poser but at the end of the day who really cares anyway.

Emo as a fad is dying in the UK anyway, Nu-Rave seems to be the way forward

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[PWNDUK]Spike said at June 19, 2008 at 6:48 am:

how many emo kids does it take to change a lightbulb?

none, they sit in the dark and cry...

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Revjak said at June 19, 2008 at 5:55 am:

hmm depression and drugs have a lot in common with this society it seems but if we could all just give kindness and therefore allow others to recieve kindness the people of the world would all never need a drug for depression again! because kindness causes a chemical release in your body that counters depression... so basically what i'm saying is...

we all need big long Hugs ^-^

to make this world less depressed

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[DTF] FleazZz said at June 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm:

Cheap Sex - Fuck Emo

Download that song. It's literally awesome.

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G-Nitro said at June 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm:

oh damnit, it had to start in D.C. didn't it.... ugh, emo bammas.

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GodS1N said at June 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm:

Im not that emo i think.

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Scarecrow_Zero said at June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm:

Those crazy Emo kids - Where do they come from?

Rumors says that they are born from the fat of Britney spears secret liposuction.

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ᴰᴱᴬᴰᴹᴬᴺWALKING said at June 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm:

I just want to add that a lot of people "think" they are depressed because of marketing techniques used by anti-depressant companies, they play sad music in their commercials and set a theme for depression and then people call their doctor and say, "I'm depressed, I think I may need medication." -- In the time we live in, there is a pill for everything it seems.

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Hades said at June 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm:

I totally agree with you on this here. I think if we had more commercials like the one below, the anit-depressant companies wouldn't do so well. Mind you it is a total comical take on it. :)

Nei1337 said at June 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm:

i really dont see anything wrong with emo kids. cus thats all they are, kids.

it takes some people a long time to find themselves, and to work out who they truely are and so for "weakminded" children, it is down to people they look up to for guidance. this may be their friends, favourite band, even parents sometimes. and so this emo culture is just a way of finding themselves and is something they will soon grow out of.

and as far as emos as a whole instead of individuals, again i dont see a problem. id rather see a kid sat in the corner trying to write a song, than to have some lil "gangster" kid spray painting the side of my house. or similarly, id rather a kid tried to kill themselves, rather than try to kill me as i passed them by on the streets.

like i said in the SB, i think there is lille emo in all of us. i know i often feel emo, and i get down and just feel like writing it all down, that might be in a blog, or to a friend or maybe even picking up my guitar and writing a song. and ive even been known to put my hair to the side and i wear a studded belt almost everyday. so does this make me emo? no. i believe this means that emo is just a state of mind, and that sometimes we all feel it, so i think its wrong to hate on them for this. sure laugh at them, the whole thing can be rather amusing at times, but they are still people, and the fact of it is, they just havnt been able to find themselves yet, which many of us can say the same for ourselves, however people deal with that sense of confusion differently.

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