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"Emo" vs. "Indie"
« on: 19 Mar 2005, 23:28 »

Ok someone please explain to me what you people mean when you say these two phrases?
Conversation that sparked this thread (from another forum):

Person A:  I'm listening to Weezer right now.
Person B:  Weezer is emo trash.  You suck.
Person A:  Excuse me, Weezer is post-modernistic-abstract-neo-indie, kthxbai.

Ok so I'm paraphrasing, but you get the point.  I can honestly say I've heard of, maybe, 5 of the band names thrown about in this folder.  Please to educate (flame, ignore) me.  I'm interested to see what people have to say on the subject.
My music taste roams far and wide; most of my friends are into rap/hip-hop, I started down the electronic road long ago and am looping back into rock-ish kinda stuff, with a healthy dose of jazz, disco and soul/old school R&B thrown into the mix.  

Current playlist includes:
-Dusty Springfield
-Earth, Wind and Fire
-Lewis Taylor
-Marvin Gaye
-Staple Singers
-LCD Soundsystem (thanks Jeph!)

In conclusion, Emo vs. Indie; What's your definition.  Discuss.


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"Emo" vs. "Indie"
« Reply #1 on: 20 Mar 2005, 00:07 »

Indie = creative underground music, often experimental.

According to Wikipedia, "Emo (short for emo-core, itself a contraction of "emotional hardcore", now usually an abbreviation of "emotional") is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punk's limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., "emo kid"). The actual term "emo" originated in the mid-1980s D.C. hardcore punk scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term adressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of punk and hardcore music."

I generally shorten all that to "Whiny crap".


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« Reply #2 on: 20 Mar 2005, 02:13 »

Indie is boring, Emo is boring and annoying. And has a sillier haircut.
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"Emo" vs. "Indie"
« Reply #3 on: 20 Mar 2005, 04:12 »

replace the "indie" in the urls for it to highlight the word "emo" in the same posts.  usually any post about indie has people talking about emo in it in some way or another.

perhaps some day when i care more i will create a new "just what is indie/emo" thread to sticky!  or perhaps if i wish upon a star someone (or perhaps magical thread fairies) will do it for me, and all i'll have to do is edit it a bit & sticky it!

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