On Monday, December 19, 2022, we will celebrate National Emo Day. When was the last time you tried on tight T-shirts, tiny pants, and jewel-encrusted belts? How about thick, long, black hair? Some people hear “emo,” and they picture a depressed teen who dresses on purpose.
However, the emo subculture can trace its roots back to the 1980s, and that era’s influence can be felt even today. Celebrating the richness and nuance of emo culture and learning more about the subgenre’s impact on popular music is what National Emo Day is all about.
Is there anyone game for some Weezer? No matter where you stand on the subject, many of us observe National Emo Day every day. Here on this special day, we celebrate the emo subculture for all it has accomplished and all the ways it lives today.
History of National Emo Day
An offshoot of post-hardcore, alternative rock, indie rock, and punk rock, the Emo subculture and music scene emerged in the 1980s. Lyrics that are heavy on the feels are a trademark of Emo. Some of the most famous Emo bands to achieve mainstream success were Jimmy Eat World, Fallout Boy, and Weezer.
Black clothing, heavy eye makeup, a sallow complexion, studded belts and jewelry, band tees, and facial or body piercings are all commonplace among emo bands and their fans.
National Emo Day is now recognized as a time to show kindness and acceptance to those who identify with the Emo subculture, its music, and its wide range of popular culture. It’s time to celebrate National Emo Day, which means it’s time to get a mohawk, rock a spiky ‘do or apply lots of eyeliner and dark lipstick.
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Emo Day: How To Celebrate It
Celebrate National Emo Day, but don’t lose your cool. Take a look at some of these suggestions for a party:
Tune In To Some Emo Music
- First things first on National Emo Day? Crank up some classic Emo tunes and get into the spirit! Create an Apple Music playlist or compile some songs from Spotify, and get started with some of these:
- This is Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” (2001). This band, which formed in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona, has released at least ten studio albums, with this song ranking among their most popular.
- The Weezer song “Say It Ain’t So” (1994). Weezer, one of the earliest Emo bands, formed in Los Angeles in 1992, with Say it Ain’t So appearing as a single off their self-titled debut album.
- Deprived Due to Spring Traditions (1985). Despite the band’s denials, many of their listeners identified with the Emo subgenre. In the summer of 1985, this song was a breakthrough hit for the Emo subgenre in Washington, DC.
- The Circles by Sunny Day Real Estate (1994). Sunny Day Real Estate is another band that helped pioneer the Emo genre. Sadly, by the following year’s end, two of this Seattle band’s members had defected to the Foo Fighters.
It’s Hip To Be Emo
The Emo subculture is more about the feelings conveyed by the art it produces than the fashion or music associated with it. As a way to celebrate National Emo Day, it’s recommended that you either indulge in some works of art or try your hand at making something creative. To mark the occasion, you can create a poem, a picture, or a song.
Why Do We Celebrate National Emo Day Every Year?
From the snarling emo of Washington, D.C., to the wistful emo of the Midwest, and on through emo-pop, emo rap, and screamo, there’s emo for everyone. What sets emo music apart, in your opinion, is the variety of styles and sounds it encompasses.
One of the reasons emo fashion has become so widespread is that it is nearly impossible to look bad in. It’s acceptable to wear a fitted black shirt, tight jeans, and retro footwear as long as the number of piercings is kept to a minimum. Emo’s honesty,
seriousness and commitment to handling difficult themes are a welcome relief in an already antiseptic pop environment for a young person battling a bunch of explosive new emotions, but many decent people view emo as ego-booster and gloomy.
Nonetheless, historical records show that a group of Christians seeking greater outreach established National Emo Day in 1927. Ten thousand people signed an agreement promising to establish a holiday honoring emos’ contributions to society.