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The Bridge: Everything Is Emo

Author and emo expert Andy Greenwald joins Chris Molanphy to discuss how emo engulfed everything from punk to indie to rap.

Episode Notes

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by podcaster, screenwriter, and author Andy Greenwald to dissect the latest full-length episode of Hit Parade on pop-punk and emo. When Andy wrote his book Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo in 2003, he thought the music had gotten pretty big. He hadn’t seen anything yet. Andy and Chris discuss how a scattered movement of DIY-scene bands gave way to a wave of commercial emo on the pop charts, from the soul-baring Dashboard Confessional to the goth-clad My Chemical Romance—even the vexing, genreless Weezer. Emo never really had one sound—and while it reached its apex with Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, the emo sensibility never really went away. It lives on everywhere from pop’s biggest megastars to indie-rock and even rap.

Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives her a chance to turn the tables with a stumper question of her own, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.

Podcast production by Asha Saluja.

About the Show

Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts, and shaped your memories forever.

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  • Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts.