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Before My Chemical Romance: How Emo Became Emo

Trash Theory | April 3, 2024
Before My Chemical Romance: How Emo Became Emo

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  1. @veiledrecalcitrance4314

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    I saw Dashboard Confessional, he opened for Weezer at The Living room (I think?) in Boston, in like 99-2000, the place was PACKED, I think he managed to get through 1.5 songs before literally the entire venue booed him off stage. Where I’m from everyone thought he was a poser, someone who saw emo getting more popular and jumped on the bandwagon.

  2. @veiledrecalcitrance4314

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    It’s so funny, I remember late 90s early 00s I was super into Saves the Day, Get up kids, Weezer (Pinkerton especially, still love that album), promise ring, etc etc (but not Dashboard confessional, we all hated Dashboard) but was confused as to why these bands weren’t bigger (well, besides Weezer), then by the mid 00s every band on the radio sounded like those bands. It’s why when someone says something like “Fall out boy or MCR are emo bands”, I’m like “what? No they aren’t, they just stole the sound and now it’s just run of the mill pop”. To be honest, I kinda resented those bands, I mean, I like some of the music they made, but part of me felt that for all the bands that made that sound, who never made it big to have later bands just photocopy the sound and become huge was rather upsetting, especially since they didn’t do it as well. It’s sort of a sad story to me.

  3. @adrianr.9685

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    I’ve watched this video twice in one day, I’ve suggested it to my mother and my two very best friends. Job well done. I am so glad you made this and I’m extremely impressed with how accurate it is to history.

  4. @derekarmstrong1408

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    Good call on the Weezer association. The emo kids in DC were all dressed like Buddy Holly in the 80's, and I always thought "Sweater" was a poppy take on that DC sound, especially with the sing-along "Oh-we-oh-we-oh".

    You really know your shit!

  5. @derekarmstrong1408

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    My first shows were in DC, 1985. Thanks for mentioning Beefeater, everyone talks about Embrace, Dag Nasty and Rights of Spring, but the Beefeater sets were so much more intense. I also remember how kids would sit down in the pit to protest, and when I asked my older friend who brought me, he told me they were "emo". So regardless of Ian's protest, it was a very common term at the time.

  6. @elizabthharris6741

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    I was in my late 20s when MCR came around and i was addicted.instantly.
    I was a goth, punk, grunge, rocker …..and hadnt heard anyisoc that falled to me in years
    I was trying to get of heroin with methadone…it took 6 months to stablize cause i had such a large habit, and i was using both….my chemical romance and tool got me through the hardest 6 months of willpower i ever had
    …this was after 10 years of using heroin and 17 of everything else. Willpower wasnt my strongest suit
    Lol❤

  7. @seanblackburn4101

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    Great inclusion of Far and Jawbreaker, although I believe Guster should have been in there, and possibly Pavement, in the best of peripheral ways… where EMO is not an insult… in contrast to a few of the harder core bands you included.

  8. @modeschar

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    I remember the Emo scene on the Gulf Coast pretty well in the early to mid aughts. I must have been to show every week. I worked in a coffee shop at the time working their website maint and got to see a lot of shows for free. We also had a club called "Sluggos" where we'd always end up to go see locals like Ten Pages, Glory of This, Don't Die Cindy, or Dearestazazel. Eventually I drifted into Goth and Industrial music, but I've always had a softspot for my emo days. BTW, you forgot to mention Reggie and the Full Effect's "Get Well Soon", which was definitely a bop at the time for me.

  9. @dzogchengrey

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    Great video. Only band I felt really should have been included was Hot Rod Circuit. Those guys were about the only band that didn't completely jump ship the second Emo was co-opted by the masses. I can try and blame MCR or MTV all I want but at the end of the day, when every decent emo band decides to suddenly "go another direction," what do you expect? No one seemed to want to stick around and fight for the music they had been making if that meant being labeled emo at that time. But of course now with the revival they are more than happy to make $$ playing reunion tours.

  10. @anthonybaruch9192

    April 3, 2024 at 3:03 am

    Policy of Three, Cap'n Jazz, Indian Summer… Sunny Day Real Estate, The Replacements, Jimmy Eat World… so many good bands… and Id like to highlight one of the best aspects of emo music is the fact that it was all about the music, it was never about signing to a big record label, or who could bump Limp Bizkit off 1st on TRL.. if you wanna know what inevitably was the downfall of emo music, its a accumulation of several things.. the big one being when emo music became a cultural phenom and the mainstream media basically said who is worthy of carrying the title and anybody else who tries to take a stab at it should just go cut there wrists and cry about it on AOL Instant Messenger, and thus you had bands who had no business signing major label contracts, and these old fucking yuppies who ran the labels trying to capture exactly what it is that is gonna make them there money back, so it monetization. Yeah it got understandably cringy when MTV started comparing the beef between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New to the likes of 50 Cent and Ja Rule… something that had such a beautiful and fruitful maturation throughout music history was now trying to be bottled up in just a few years is also why it just imploded.. no matter what though when you heard a song that captured teenage angst better then the own chemicals in your own body could capture, the feeling was purely indescribable and only relatable on the most personal and intimate level imaginable.. but will always have the music and the memories, and you can never put a price on that.

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