Can We Guess If You Were You an Emo Kid?
What was your favorite band in the 2000s?
- My Chemical Romance... No! Fall Out Boy...Or maybe Panic! At the Disco?
- I can't pick just one, but Bright Eyes, Moss Icon, and Rites of Spring were solid favorites.
- Metro Station and Paramore
- Cobra Starship because they had a song with Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl!
What did your everyday outfits look like when you were a teen?
- Pleated skirts, slacks, and polos
- I would usually wear a band tee, tight jeans, a belt with studs, and side-swept bangs to cover my eyes
- Anything neon! I also did big hair and went crazy with accessories--bracelets, necklaces, and piercings were normal for me!
- I didn't always have a defined style. I liked making my own clothes, and wore a lot of black and had long hair, though.
Which songs did you play on repeat in the 2000s?
- "Don't Trust Me" and "The Curse of Curves" would play at every party I went to!
- "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Misery Business," and "I Miss You" were my favorite songs.
- I was always listening to "Never Meant" and "Helena."
- I loved "Bye Bye Bye" and "Crazy in Love."
What did people think of you in high school?
- I had a lot of friends! I think people liked me. Or at least, were jealous of me.
- People either thought I was super out-there or wanted to be like me.
- I pretty much just hung out with my bandmates, so I don't know.
- They probably thought I was super edgy. I wasn't like everyone else.
Do you think you were or are emo?
- No! And stop saying I am.
- Definitely not. I thought the emo kids were kind of weird.
- Yes! I was such an emo kid.
- Maybe a little. I was a bit young for the original emo crowd, though, and didn't identify with the dark side of emo culture.
What were your extracurriculars?
- Writing lyrics and playing with my band. Music was my life.
- Model UN, National Honor Society, and choir
- Does going to the skate park and the mall count?
What did you normally do on the weekends in your teen years?
- I loved going to parties and seeing bands live when I could!
- I would write poetry about my problems, play music, and listen to my favorite album.
- Go to Hot Topic.
- I would go to parties occasionally, but I also babysat and studied a lot.
How did you communicate with people online?
- I was on AIM every day after school.
- Not to brag, but I was pretty popular on MySpace.
- Tumblr. I loved reposting dark pictures and writing the occasional cryptic post about my feelings.
- Emoforum.com. Sometimes I would find new music on MySpace, but I never admitted it to anyone.
Did you get along with your parents?
- They just didn't understand me or my style! We argued all the time. Until I needed them to drive me to the mall.
- I didn't get along with my parents much as a teen. They thought my style was weird and told me I was too emotional, which makes sense in hindsight.
- My parents were the best! They helped me apply to colleges and didn't give me much to rebel against.
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Emo kids were a popular subculture of rock that gained popularity in the 2000s. However, it originated in the 1980s on the heels of the punk rock and goth movements and centered around music. Emo bands such as Rites of Spring built on the energy of punk and hard rock, making their lyrics emotional and personal and the tempos slower. Characterized by emotional lyrics, dark themes, emo music became popular by the 1990s and was considered mainstream by the 2000s. By this time, emo was most commonly associated with suburban kids and teens with a distinct style and perspective on the society in which they lived. A rejection of mainstream culture, dark, tight clothing, and emo music defined this group of people. It quickly became parodied in popular culture, with sketches such as MadTV's "Tickle Me Emo" and memes making fun of the subculture.