[quote]Originally posted by Solishu:
<strong>The Blue Album has been in my top 10 album list for longer than any other band (going on 5 years). They were emo before emo existed. Sure its the poppiest emo you'll ever hear, but they set the stage for where punk is now, IMHO.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Weezer is not emo, nor are they punk. Weezer is a rock and roll band, thats it. Read any interviews from them and you'll see they really don't like being labeled as "emo". I wouldn't classify Weezer in the same group as Blink 182 or Green Day. Both of those bands went around calling themselves punk and then sold out (for lack of a better term). Weezer sold out the day they made their first album
Anytime a band becomes mainstream they lose the essence of what true "punk rock" is supposed to be. I think the same can be said about emo.
I think a lot bands get labeled terms that they don't even like. Last time I went to a Get Up Kids show they specifically said "we're not hardcore, we're not emo, we're rock and roll". But then again, they WANT to be rock stars. So they're preparing their fans for the eventual sellout when they hit the big time.
I just realized that I'm going off on a tangent and I'm not even sure if I made a point anymore. heh
Anywho.....I have no problem with any band becoming mainstream. You gotta put bread on the table somehow, as long as you don't lose your integrity doing it. (i.e. changing your style of music just to make it appealing to the masses)
If you want to hear a true example of a "dyi" never going to sell out, kick ass band, check out Fugazi. They make music because they love it, and not to make a buck.
Ok, I'll shut up now