At the end of the 80’s, the hair bands were giving way to grunge, gangsta rap turned to New Jack Swing, and even the alternative scene saw a movement away from hardcore punk and British New Wave styled bands. A new genre called Emo took hold in the 90’s and bands like Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Jawbreaker, My Chemical Romance, and Brand New showed the rock world that you could slow things down on a rock record, wear your heart on your sleeve, and still get the girls.
The stereotype of the Emo bands remains the same: typically nerdy guys in glasses, overly sensitive, and a college rock sound. Fans of the sometimes depressing, moody lyrical themes would often change their fashion to a darker look to express their feelings and this change scared some parents. But many of the songs vividly expressed hopefulness, passion, love, yet mirrored it with the pain, and insecurity it shares. Since the early days of emo, offshoot genres like Screamo and Emo pop have added new elements to the theme. Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Dashboard Confessional appealed to a younger audience. For the hardcore fans, screamo – highlighted by the guttural screams of pain have become a new form of “sensitive” verbal expression.
Here’s a look back at 4 Emo Favorites:
“THE GOOD LIFE” WEEZER
“OKAY I BELIEVE YOU” BRAND NEW
“HANDS DOWN” DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
“FAMILY TRADITION” SENSES FAIL