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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:29 AM
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Can someone thoroughly explain "EMO" to me?
It seems like dreary goth X 10. Is it as pretentious as it seems?

Someone please fill me in.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:36 AM
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1. Emos aren't goths per se I am sorry I didnt elab on that
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:13 AM by JohnKleeb
Emo isn't a way of dress really, it's sort of like an attiude I guess you could say. It is as I said, short for emotional. They have emo music but I can't tell you what it is because I dont know what it is.
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:47 AM
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2. Never heard of it............
of course I'm a 54 yr. old man and lost touch with all pop reality many, many years ago.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:47 AM
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3. Here's A Good Site
http://www.fourfa.com/index.html

Seems to be a genre of punk that some kiddies dress up funny for.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:51 AM
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4. they have dress up outifts?
Damn I didnt even know that :) but then again I am an indy prep.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:59 AM
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8. From fourfa.com
"I put this up as a chance to laugh at some of the sillier stuff emokids do in order to not look like all the Green Day/Rancid and Strife/Hatebreed clones out there.

Some pointers about emo fashions (above simple, universal hardcore attire)

the Emo Romulan look - short, thick, greasy, dyed-black hair with bangs cut straight across the forehead, and cut high over the ears. Someone from Time In Malta recently described to me the San Diego Crimson Curse scene as "Spock Rock."


actually, any greasy dyed black hair. Bangs in front and spikes in back is very emo too.


horn-rim glasses, or at least thick black frames.


bald head, furry face (boys only). Goes especially well with horn-rims.


heavy slacks, often too tight and short.

thin, too-small polyester button-ups in dark colors, or threadbare children's size t-shirts with random slogans. Button the collar if you got one.


clunky black shoes


scarves


gas station jackets. This has diffused a lot over the years though, it's no longer exclusive to emo kids. Nowadays, you may want to select a nice corduroy denim jacket.

also classic outerwear but quickly diffusing to normality: the famous Blue Peacoat


barrettes on boys


make-up (male or female)


too-small cardigans and v-neck sweaters


argyle


anorexic thinness. Veganism helps here."
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:01 AM
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9. Interesting, thanks
I believe some wear emo glasses just for effect, weird.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:02 AM
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10. The "Fashion Advice" Is Meant as a Joke
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:04 AM by REP
Emo really seems to be about music, not the posing, but with anything, it's the posing that gets noticed.

On edit: *Everybody* seems to be wearing those awful tiny little glasses these days. Not a good look, people.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:06 AM
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11. ahh ok yeah its about the music
I never did see it as a fashion thing myself like gothic, punk, preppy, etc. I am not wearign those glasses thank god, I only will wear glasses if I have to.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:12 AM
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12. I Only Wear Glasses If I Want To See
I think there's a state law against selling people my age tiny little Emo glasses. If there isn't - there should be!
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:14 AM
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13. hah that would be good
I haven't wore glasses since the Bush I years myself.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:16 AM
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14. Hey!
I'm only slightly more than twice your age! I'm not *that* ancient!

Well, okay, maybe I am. I remember some of the bands on that website from when they came out.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:17 AM
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15. hah sorry
It was actually a comment on how young I was when I last wore those damn things, god that was when I looked blonde too.
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chenGOD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:35 AM
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19. emo glasses aren't tiny...
they're thick rimmed.
check out the glasses on this site (and also try the name generator...)

http://rydia.net/mockmyemotion/emonamegen /
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Atlas Mugged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:41 AM
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20. "bald head, furry face (boys only)"
Boys only???? Sexism!!!!
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:53 AM
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5. google is your friend. n/t
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:56 AM
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7. It Worked For Me!
I was surprised I'd heard of some of the bands mentioned, but apparently I was young during the birth of Emo. Never did the hand-lotion-in-the-hair thing, though.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:31 AM
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16. So are DUers.
And it's THEIR opinion I want.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:43 AM
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17. Stop being so lazy, Maddy!
:P :D ;)
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:55 AM
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6. 80's comedian... haven't heard much from him lately, tho...
First time I saw Emo Phillips, I was on shrooms... :crazy: I thought it was the shrooms, but after seeing him a second time, I realized that he really WAS that weird. :D
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MirrorAshes Donating Member (942 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:30 AM
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18. like any genre there is GOOD emo and TERRIBLE emo
Unfortunately the terrible stuff seems to get most of the attention.

But...some of it is really good. Sunny Day Real Estate, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie...not my favorite genre, but some of it is definately worthwhile.

I take it completely on the weight of the music though, I guess there are emo highschool kids out there who dress a certain way or something, but they aren't a part of my world.
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Califooyah Operative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:45 AM
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22. yep and im gonna add modestmouse, at the drive in, sparta,cursive....
desaparacidos, the ghost, the anniversary, pretty girls make graves, at the drive in, -all of which have emo influences, but aren't necessarily straight up emo. I actually love the music, it's good jam music, soothing, emotional, it's the horrible lyrics and vocalists of some bands and pop-culturization of the music that's given it a bad name.
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Calanus Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:56 AM
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21. No! Now go get me a fucking Fresca and never bring this up again!
I'm warning you!
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Califooyah Operative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:51 AM
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23. already posted a meaningful answer so heres for the steryotyping one
if sterytyping is a word, i can't remember or think straight since i haven't gone to sleep yet. good night.
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