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Emo's Best Lyrical Tributes

by Evan Lucy

Emo's Best Lyrical Tributes

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; that sentiment is alive and well in the modern punk/emo scene. Look no further than bands like Jimmy Eat World, who nick lyrics from Tommy James and the Shondells, The Promise Ring, Mötley Crüe and more in "A Praise Chorus"; or blink-182, whose dream girl "Josie" looks up to Unwritten Law and Dance Hall Crashers; or Weezer, who trace Rivers Cuomo's musical history through Nirvana, Slayer, Debbie Gibson (!) and Michael Jackson in "Heartsongs." Gym Class Heroes even devoted an entire song to name-drops -- see how many you can find in "Taxi Driver."

Of course, not all these references are reverential. Just take Taking Back Sunday and Brand New, a pair of Long Island friends-turned-rivals, for instance. After a falling out over a messy love triangle, two of the greatest songs ever to emerge from the scene were born: "There's No I in Team" and "Seventy Times 7." These songs find the singers taking not-so-thinly veiled shots at each other, creating the closest thing to a rap battle that the emo world has ever seen.

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