That is exactly what I meant by the "actual definition" of emo - emo started in the early 90s with bands like Rites of Spring, The Promise Ring, SDRE, and sort of Jawbreaker too. It continued through the 90s, influencing bands like Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, and Saves the Day, and sort of died with them (those bands aren't really "emo"). People just took the old label and began applying it to whiney pop-punk bands like Simple Plan and really any band that showed any emotion. Hence LP, at least "Crawling" being labeled emo, even though most kids today (even those who claim to be "emo") don't know what the Fire Truck they're claiming to be.
Frau, I'm just Valentine. And thanks. I've been listening to SDRE for the past few years, and they just don't get old. Extremely amazing stuff.
Anyway, LP was never emo. Simple Plan is just pop punk much like FoB and MCR. Give a listen to Rites of Spring, Indian Summer, stuff like that where the emo genre began. I can't say I think they sound anything like LP. Personally, I'm convinced that emo died in the early 90s and was reinvented for the sake of labeling cliques and insults. Of course, that isn't to say that it hasn't influenced a lot of later bands, but that's another topic altogether.
@LM: I agree with you on liking a band regardless of popularity (I love Fall Out Boy) I think the problem that, at least real fans of these once underground bands, is that once they become popular, the quality of their music degrades. They pander to the masses and "sell out", they change their sound, their ideas, their lyrics to make money and not art. That's my way of thinking anyway.
Edited by Frau, 05 March 2010 - 06:37 PM.