You guys HAD to get me on the emo trend? Nice. This is going to be lengthy, wordy, and constantly veering off subject. And yes, there will be an essay test afterwards. And spelling will count. So basically Ben will fail.
"Emo" is short for emotional, but that term is constantly taken out of context. While emo is mainly defined as emotional, it is also often time defined as a sub-genre of punk rock. Scott Bilby of http://fourfa.com states emo as: "Short for 'emotional'. Emo is a broad title that covers a lot of different styles of emotionally-charged punk rock."
The history of emo is believed to have started in 1984 after Minor Threat broke up. Later in 1984 the release of Zen Arcade by Minneapolis band Hüsker Dü showed a new promise- a more mature sound then the classic hard core punk sound, combined with intense vocals, more intricate and complex melodies and harmonies, and a more mellow tempo, and not to mention- a completely different style of lyricism which combined toughness with dark emotions.
With that, came many other bands began to form, but it wasn't until 1986 that Moss Icon appeared on the scene and made emo what it is today. Well, not exactly.
The emo today is most traditionally defined as music that can be characterized by a whiny, dying cat sound (streamline emo, of course) and repetitive tempos combined with layered melodies, lacking greatly on harmony. However, this can vary greatly for each band.
But emo would not be emo without the clothes, the fashion, and the common stereotypical, material misconception that the clothes make the person. End of story. The "Emo" trend, besides being a lame ass excuse for a sub-genre (face it, it's just fucking ROCK it always WILL be rock, deal with it fuckers) is primarily based on another lame stereotype, just as well as "prep" "jock" and "geek". Emo is nothing, just a warped state of mind. Music is music, that's enough lable as needed, unless you want to be really classy and call it rocked, music formed on teh greats, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury. However, we can look back at the melodies of classic rock and trace them back to classical.
As a summary, thank Bach and mozart for your music today, your emo, your punk, your metal....
These conclude my thoughts on the emo trend.
However, I have absolutely nothing against hott guys in tight pants. It's my God given right as a chick. So fuck off and have a nice day.