Friday, February 01, 2013

You're looking at the umlaut, and it's looking at you

Recently I found myself wondering, Who originally popularized the use of the German accent umlaut for Heavy Metal band names??  (Yes, I often find myself wondering such things)....

I figure it had to be Blue Öyster Cult.  After all, they had the umlaut in 1972.   But it wouldn't be long before it was a staple of the hard rock scene.  From Motörhead to Mötley Crüe to Queensrÿche. Any doubt of the importance of the symbol was removed with the appearance in the movie Spın̈al Tap. (the post title is quoted from that movie).

Thankfully, we have the internet these days, and Wikipedia!  Which seems to support BOC as the original "gratuitous" umlaut.   So there you have it.

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