Electronic body music (EBM) is a genre of electronic music that combines elements of industrial music and synth-punk with elements of disco and dance music. It developed in the early 1980s in Germany and Belgium and came to prominence in Belgium at the end of the decade. EBM was generally considered a part of the European new wave and post-punk movement and the first style that blended synthesized sounds with an ecstatic style of dancing (e.g. pogo).
In the second half of the 1980s, a youth-cultural scene emerged from EBM whose followers describe themselves as EBM-heads or (in North America) as rivetheads. EBM is unrelated to Goth, although in some local scenes both subcultures may share the same music clubs and festivals (along with other alternative subcultures such as punk and psychobilly).
Original, or original-styled electronic body music is sometimes referred to as old-school EBM and should not be confused with aggrotech or dark electro.