The traveling sock and emo

I once had an argument with a friend (this was probably in 2001) about whether the term “emo” was a well-known term. I said that if *I* knew what emo is–and I am someone who owns 5 CDs and no iPod–then it was a well-known term. We then proceeded to poll random strangers at the now-defunct Tower Records about their knowledge of “emo,” and shockingly, only one person knew what it was, and claimed it “was an obscure term.”

On a related note, I was reading Vanity Fair (the mag, not the novel) today, and in their letters section, one of their readers wrote, “Can you explain ’emo’ and ‘frenemie’?” Apparently, emo is continuing to confuse people across the land.

the sock and emo

Anyway. If you take emo to mean “emotional” or “overly emotional” rather than relating to a specific era of music, the sock went to see various emo acts this week. On Tuesday, it went to see Morrissey at Hammerstein Ballroom.

I have two friends who love Morrissey with a deep and intense passion, so when I heard Adam was going to see the Moz, I invited myself along, to experience the madness firsthand.

The sock also went to see Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, the former famous for being featured in Godfather III (amazing what you can learn from the program notes!) and the latter for being in a Seinfeld episode. Both are also very emotional. Pagliacci is about clowns, and on the subway home, I sat next to someone reading a flyer for the New York Clown Theater Festival AND who had small stuffed clowns hanging from his backpack. I was overcome with a desire to whisper, “Laugh, clown, laugh” when he got off, but I restrained myself.

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3 Responses to “The traveling sock and emo”

  1. November 2nd, 2007 at 2:26 pm #lekkercraft

    Hello! You’re tagged – see my blog if you feel like playing along.

  2. November 5th, 2007 at 4:09 pm #jenny

    “I was overcome with a desire to whisper, “Laugh, clown, laugh” when he got off, but I restrained myself.”

    Claire, you are so awesome.

  3. November 17th, 2007 at 5:49 pm #Grace

    I was at the Apollo last night for the Spiritualized show. Halfway through I turned to my sister and snarked, “this isn’t a spiritual, it’s EMO!” and she giggled.