Re: Music question: Should the sins of the children be visited upon the parents?
I'd chalk up the whiny teenager sound to a massive swath of music: folk, punk, the Cure, Bauhaus, Ride, MBV, J & M Chain (by extension all the shoegazing goofs), Joy Division.
Only arena rock and music written by black artists can be exempted from that scourge.
Though I have to say, many of the emo predecessors and their spawn I like quite a bit--unabashedly. Others I detest. It's just hard to say.