Electronic Body Music is a danceable electronic style born from the influence of industrial and synth-punk music. Initially coined by Kraftwerk and Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF), the term has been used later (primarily by Front 242) to describe a music characterized by hard beats, heavy synth-bass sequences, and clean, sometimes distorted or guttural vocals. Lyrics are often minimal with repetition of short phrases, along with voice sampling.
Early EBM projects include DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Die Krupps, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, A Split - Second, and Borghesia. Three genre-defining tracks, all released in 1981, were: Der Mussolini by DAF, Body To Body by Front 242 and Wahre Arbeit - Wahrer Lohn (later rerecorded as The Machineries Of Joy) by Die Krupps.
A second wave started in the second half of the '80s with groups such as The Klinik, Vomito Negro, Insekt, Pouppée Fabrikk, Cat Rapes Dog, Scapa Flow, and others.
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