In an interview with Drowned In Sound, Get Up Kid Jim Suptic has some things to say about the crop of bands spawned in their wake:
"Honestly, I don't often think about the state of 'emo'. The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It's like glam rock now. We played the Bamboozle fests this year and we felt really out of place. I could name maybe three bands we played with. It was just a sea of neon shirts to us. If this is the world we helped create, then I apologise."
"If a band gets huge and they say we inspired them, great. The problem is most of them aren't very good. What does that say about us? I don't know. Maybe we sucked. We at least can play our instruments."
To be fair to Mr. Suptic, it's got to suck to listen to some horrible band that got a major label contract after two shows and sounds like it tell everyone that they wanted to be a band because of you. I've read more than a few interviews where a lousy band name-drops an act, and that causes me to lose any desire whatsoever to check out that influence.
But, really, putting it in perspective, this has still got to be better than being Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, or Alice Cooper. Those guys have to be fucking miserable.