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EBM are NOT electro.
Electric Body Music springs from Industrial with the main differance that it´s more dance-oriented. Not in the way like the common Euro-Dance and such, but in havin' a more defined bassline, very repetive beats, and heavy processing.
The name comes from an interview with, if I remember right, Richard 23 of the Belgian group Front 242, trying to describe there music.
EBM are part of an umbrella-genre called Synth, including New Romantic (Depeche Mode, Human League), Electro (Kraftwerk, Erasure), Industrial (Skinny Puppy, Das Ich, Neubauten), Noisemusic (Brighter Death Now, Martzbow), Italo Disco (Laserdance, Koto) and New Age (Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Enya) to name a few.
Among the biggest names in the EBM scene are Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, VNV Nation (Victory Not Vengance), Covenant, :Wumpscut: and some other I don´t bother mentioning right now ;-)
by Christian van Caine February 20, 2004
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Actually, Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk) first used the term Electronic Body Music. It was later picked up and applied by bands with the sound identified above.
blah blahh blah, Elektronisches Körper Musik
:says Ralf!

Electronic Body Music
by d-chipper September 23, 2011
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Electronic Body Music (EBM) or shortly called Electro.

Began in the early 80’s. Cold, dark, industrial rhythms.
Front 242 are dominant founders of EBM.
by Anonymous August 14, 2003
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