I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."
Now, onto the real definition.
In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.
Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.
Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."
Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.
Hope that helps.
Rites of Spring is emo.
Combineing the worst possible aspects of it's parents emo's are lving proof that two wrongs not make a right.
Because of their love of Hitler-esque extreme side partings, sullen expressions and men wearing make-up crowds of emos generally resemble Neo-Nazis at a Motley Crue gig.
Emo is a shortened version of Emotional & used as a name becuase it is thought describe their sensitive, thoughful state of mind, although a moore accurate name would 'Twats'.
'No. It's becuase you're a cunt'
-Long, usually straightened hair, flipped to one side of the face.
-Tight skinny jeans, usually black, grey, reds, or certain neon colors.
-Black horn rimmed glasses
-Band shirts, striped clothes, checkered patters, all black shirts, etc all can be common apparel for emo kids.
-Slip on Vans are a favorite for emo kids shoes. Typically any kind of skater shoe may be worn as well.
In conclusion, I myself have been called "emo" and im your typical emo kid. i have cut before and do wear skinny jeans etc. i feel just the same as any other emo kid. i get picked on, made fun of, and called names because of who i am. Deep down inside ALL emo people are really friendly people. You dont even need to look deep down inside. Haters just need to stop judging us for who we are. I love EVERY emo person on the face of the planet. We are all here for each other, us emo's. Emo ppl RULE!!
Emo1: **jumps on emo2's back** RAWR!
Emo1: hey hun, **shows feet** i gotzded new converses!
**people walk by calling the emos fags and tell them to go cut themselves**
Emo2: stupid clones...
Emo1: just cause we're diffrent and don't buy the stuff from Areopostale...
this continues and ya....
Jane: "Me too."
Jack: "Wanna be friends?"
not all emos cut themselves, but alot do. i for one dont and i no all of my emo freinds dont. emo is short for Emotional, which does point out we are emotional people. yer we cry, what u gunna do about it. chavs usually hav fun shouting at emos stuf like "awww is little emo kid gunna go cry" this aint funni Emos leave them alone so why pick on us we didnt do anything to you.
non emo "is the emo kid gunna go cry agen"
emo " why would you care"
-Roman businessmen went bankrupt when people preferred seeing emos beat up rather than watching gladiatorial fights.
-The Mongols flipped out and started killin everybody because their tribute of concubines from china turned out to be a bunch of emos (guys and girls, the senders couldnt tell the difference) who broke every time a mongol tried to hump one.
-buddhists went celebate after deciding that relationships with emos were too much of a pain in the ass since they kept whining about how they "wont call the next day", how they didnt say "i will love you forever" back and how the buddhists didnt show much interest when they tried to make them read the dark poetry the emos "poured out my emotions for you" into.
-Aztecs decide to use emos exclusively for their sacrifices since they were more fun to watch, the gods, also enjoying the spectacle, reward their subjects with unparalleled riches.
-Emos illigitimately infiltrated the samurai bloodline, and thus spread the habits of not being able to fight for shit, being afraid of christians, and killing themselves when the going gets tough, they popularize the term "harakiri" for the aformentioned activity coz it sounds more poetic than "seppuku". the resulting pussiness renders the country so weak it is conquered by foreigners and decimates the samurai bloodline (the contrary could be the reason for ninja superiority and kick-ass ways of life...lesson: never mix with emos, its true they're easy but come on...is it really worth it).
-Spanish conquistadors render native americans helpless by showing them emos, emos are just too fucking sorry a sight...
-The Marquis de Sade discovers the full use of the emo.
-The united states embarks on the largest and most brutal cleansing operation in history, they launch a massive campaign on europe and japan, especially the latter, in the hope that they will kill all existing emos, the campaign is covered up and an excuse of their actions is sold as "World War II", the campaign failed miserably as americans had not realised that the largest emo concentration lied in their own lands.
-With accusations that emos could be close species to humans, emo hunting goes down and they begin to thrive.
-Due to increasing emo populations, and increase in being annoying fucks, people grow more impatient to their existance (except emo sympathizers, pussies who claim that emos are blessed with being in touch with the emotions of the universe, a.k.a. my ass) people speculate that a new world order will rise to rid humanity from their revolting existance...and all their pussy bullshit.
BE WARNED OF EMO WANNABES -- people who cut their hair, wear the makeup, pretend to cut, and generally act like a-holes. They are not emo. They are WEMO - wannabe emo. Also be aware (but friendly) to the ELMOs - they dress emo but they are happy outgoing people and love to laugh and be normal with their friends -- they are ELMOs (they try to be Emo but come off more Tickle-me-Elmo)
Emo kid #1: So...yeah...that was sweet...
Emo kid #2: Yeah...it was really okay I guess...
Emo kid #1: I got a tatoo to express my feelings...
Emo kid #2: Wow...nice...
Wemo boy: OH MY GOD, LET ME GO CUT MY WRIST AND MAKE OUT WITH A GUY! AREN'T I SEXY WITH MY LONG BANGS?
Wemo girl: OH WOW, DID YOU SEE MY SNAKE BITE PIERCINGS? LATER I THINK I'LL DYE MY HAIR BLUE BECAUSE I'M AN INDIVIDUAL AND SARA DYED HER HAIR BLUE TOO!
Wemo boy: SHUT UP, I'M REFLECTING ON HOW FUCKED UP MY LIFE IS...
Elmo kid: OH MY GOD! I LOVE EGGS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!