It Might Get ‘Laut: Honoring Pop’s Most Distinguished Umlauts

The recent announcement of the upcoming Mötley Crüe/Poison/Def Leppard tour inspired pangs of hair-metal nostalgia among a certain generation. But there’s another, perhaps more important reason to celebrate the news: It marks yet another moment in the return of the umlaut, one of rock’s most wonderfully deranged obsessions.

Sticking two little dots over sometimes random letters in a band name, even if it makes no phonetical sense, is a tradition that dates back 50 years, to a German prog band, and continues sporadically to this day. The
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