QUOTE (ChangGang @ Jan 30 2006, 09:23 PM)
Who started this "emo" word or trend/definition?
The story goes that someone at a Fugazi show in the early 90s shouted out that they were 'emotional hardcore' or some such thing. The ideal being that they still had their punk hardcore roots, but instead of politics, they went for more of an introspective angle. Ten years later it became a joke when SoCal turned it into a fashion statement, and MTV made it a word that pushed records platinum. In the last couple years theres been a big backlash towards it's popularity. Most of the people making jokes don't know $hit about it and are in fact making fun of the posers. Most of all those pop-punk Orange County posers moved onto emo and tarnished a once good music style into $hit. Though in all honesty, the music started getting really generic by 2003 anyways.
Anyways, checkout The Beautiful Mistake's first album. Not a single bad song on there. You can also give Fairweather and Elliott a try. Both these bands broke up a few years ago though. They use to be some of my favorites. Elliott has had a few good albums, while I would Fairweather's latter albums don't hold a candle to their first. Word of advice though: Emo is dead. RIP