On Jan 3, 2005, at 2:11 PM, Nicholas Bodley wrote:

> One thing I consider blatantly dumb is adding diacritical marks
> (correct
> term? Sorry; should know) for their decorative appearance, as, for
> instance, in Mötley Crüe, the name of a rock band. Jason cosmetics did
> have some bizarre decorative diacritics some years ago. I wrote them
> and
> hollered, and that might have been one of many letters that made them
> adopt something more believable.

Wikipedia has an article about the "heavy metal umlaut" and related
typographic absurdities: