I must be old

Emo: emotional. The “fad” started about 40 years ago and referred to independent music/artists. In other words, no one said “oh, I’m emo…” because it wasn’t cool. Basically, emo people were the people that had no friends and sat in their rooms and obsessed about music that no one had ever heard of. Well, the term has been hijacked. Yep, I found it on Wikipedia: “As a result of the continuing shift of “emo” over the years, a serious schism has emerged between those who relate to particular eras of “emo”. Those who were closely attached to the hardcore origins recoil when another type of music is called “emo”. Many involved in the independent nature of both 80s and 90s emo are upset at the perceived hijacking of the word emo to sell a new generation of major label music. Regardless, popular culture appears to have embraced the terms of “emo” far beyond its original intentions.” One: independent means an artist who DOESN’T HAVE A RECORD LABEL…if an artist is signed they are not independent; that was pretty easy to understand, was it not? Two: the real emo/indie artists were trying to make good music, not money; most of them DIDN’T want to be signed because they saw it as some kind of take over by “the man!” As you can see, I am quite annoyed by this new little fad. Ok, the whole original indie/emo movement was people who cared more about their music and art than they did about what other people thought about it. Unfortunately, today the people who call themselves “emo” are doing it just for a shock factor. In fact, if you want to dress emo, Wikipedia has the definition of exactly what you should wear: “Emo clothing is characterized by tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes, dyed black, straightened hair, tight t-shirts which often bear the names of rock bands (or other designed shirts), studded belts, belt buckles, canvas sneakers or skate shoes or other black shoes (often old and beaten up) and thick, black horn-rimmed glasses.” Wow, talk about an independent group of people. Not only am I completely baffled by the fact that there are people who can think that they’re being original when they’re dressing exactly like all of the OTHER people who think it’s cool to be “different,” I am quite incensed by what they’ve done to some of the essential terms of music. I used to be able to say “I listen to indie music” and people would either ask “what’s that?” or they would say “Oh, so I’m not going to know any of it.” Now, however, when a person says they listen to indie music, people assume that you listen to (horribly un-talented) bands like Jimmy Eat World or Dashboard Confessional. Hey, guess what?! Both of those bands have labels. So what’s independent about them? Nothing…once you start trying to imitate independent people…YOU ARE NOT INDEPENDENT! It’s a complete reversal of everything it used to stand for! So this has been bugging me for…oh, I don’t know…months now, and the other day I was thinking about it and realized: I must be old. Everyone knows every generation has issues understanding the ones that follow it…so there we go. I’m old! Disregarding that fact, does this bother anyone else?


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