Way: 'Emo Is Garbage'

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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way hates his band's categorisation as 'emo' - and has branded the genre "f**king garbage". The singer insists the group's sound differs greatly from bands who are classed as emo - emotional hardcore rock music - and has urged critics to compare emo and My Chemical Romance side by side to see the difference. He says, "Emo's a pile of s**t, f**king garbage. There are bands we get lumped in with that are considered emo and by default, that starts to make us emo. "All I can say to anyone actually putting the records next to each other and listening to them (is) - there are no similarities."


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The actual interview is from a student newspaper, "The Maine Campus."http://media.www.mainecampus.com/media/storage/paper322/news/2007/09/20/Style/My.Chemical.Romance.Talks.To.The.campus-2979744.shtml
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Yeah, but if you put it like that, ALL music is emotional, as they are writing it from their emotions, aren't they?I mean, look at that incredibly annoying song "beautiful girls" by that boy. It's R&B, yes? But if it had a rocky tune, it'd be 'emo'. I mean, the song is about "if you reject me, I'll be suicidal" ... emo.
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Personally it sounds like Gerard was talking out of anger to me (at least I hope he was). I mean, a lot of MCR fans are 'emos' and although he was talking about emo musically, he still may have offended some people which makes me think that he didn't really think about what he was saying. I agree that MCR aren't emo, and I don't like it when people call them emo, but I think that it was kinda out of order for him to say that.
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I agree with MissStiff. And additional info.. emo, in the past, means HARDCORE. And teenies gave a new meaning to it. Emo means suckin' and cryin'.. it's a complete bulls**t, I'd say. And if that's what people think, I really don't see why they have to make emo a genre. BUT, if you'll not categorize MCR as emo, what should they be? It can't be just "rock" 'cause the genre rock is too "broad". They can't be punk, they're far from it. Hardcore/metal? Na-ah. Acid rock? No. Alternative? I don't know. But I understand Gerard for saying that. For me, that word "emo" is.. yuck.
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