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Emo is a melodic, expressive, and confessional form of punk rock which began around 1985. Its roots reach back to the hardcore punk scene of 1980s Washington, D.C., where bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace were sometimes described as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore". The style was recontextualized in the early 1990s by groups such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate, and broke into the mainstream in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the success of bands like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. Screamo, a more aggressive offshoot, found popularity through acts like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday. Today the "emo" label is often used as a catchall term by critics to describe multiplatinum acts such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, as well as disparate artists such as Coheed and Cambria, Panic! at the Disco, and Bring Me the Horizon.

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Pinkerton is the second album by the American alternative rock band Weezer, released on September 24, 1996. Rivers Cuomo, the band's lead singer and guitarist, wrote all of its songs after a painful leg surgery. The album was seen as a departure from the band's original power pop sound for a much darker and more abrasive sound. Upon its release in 1996, the album was considered a critical and commercial failure. However, Pinkerton has risen in stature to become one of the most highly-regarded albums of the 1990s, receiving much critical acclaim, and is often credited with introducing the emo genre to a wider and more mainstream audience.

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The Get Up Kids are an American indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90's indie rock scene. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They released most of their albums on Heroes & Villains, their own imprint under Vagrant Records that also put out records by the members' side projects The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect.

The Get Up Kids are often viewed by critics as a prototypical "emo" band, having been major players in what is commonly considered the "second wave" of emo music. Their 1999 album Something to Write Home About is considered a touchstone of late-1990s emo. It sold over 140,000 copies after its release, contributing to the success of the Vagrant label and helping to bring emo into the public consciousness. However, in later years the band came to disassociate themselves from the emo label.

Interpersonal tensions led to the band's hiatus in late 2004. They disbanded after a short tour in Spring 2005, ending with a sold-out July 2, 2005 farewell show at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. However, they reunited for a performance in November 2008 and have confirmed a 2009 national tour to coincide with a tenth anniversary re-release of Something to Write Home About.

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  • Because he had recently undergone painful surgery to correct the length of his legs, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer wrote all of the songs for Pinkerton in first-position on his guitar's fretboard so that he would not have to move too much to play them?
  • "There's No 'I' in Team" by Taking Back Sunday and "Seventy Times 7" by Brand New both contain the lyric "Is this what you call tact? / You're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back / So let's end this call and end this conversation", a line taken from an argument between members Jesse Lacey and John Nolan?

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  • "Emo means different things to different people. Actually, that's a massive understatement. Emo seems solely to mean different things to different people—Like pig latin or books by Thomas Pynchon, confusion is one of its hallmark traits." –Andy Greenwald, Nothing Feels Good
  • I've found / The answer lies in a real emotion / Not the self-indulgence of a self-devotionRites of Spring, "Remainder"
  • "To me and my friends, emo was always synonymous with hardcore. I think it's relative to where you grew up, what these words—punk, hardcore, emo—mean. If you grew up in southern California, you're going to have a much different definition of hardcore than if you grew up on Long Island. So to us, emo and hardcore meant the same thing, really. Bands like Julia, Indian Summer, and Current. They were emo." –Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Nothing Feels Good


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