Reposted from my personal blog October, 2010, edited and revised.

This won’t be a review in the traditional sense, in that this is more of contemplative post.
So who are we looking at?

Klaus Nomi

Klaus dresses like a space age Shakespeare and creates odd, art rock/new wave music with his wild, opera-esque voice. He’s coated in white and black makeup and was one of the first celebraties to die of AIDS in the early 1980s.

So why should we care? This guy’s music is totally off the wall. Just listen to his cover of “The Twist” (or is it a cover?  I can’t tell, it’s so strange!) and tell me he’s not a master of taking something old and turning it into something wildly new.

He’s intriguing. I later found a video clip of him performing opera,  and, to my amazement, he sounded rather… good. It’s interesting that we can look at someone and completely bash them solely based on what they wear in a photo or on stage. His music really isn’t that bad if you’re adventurous and looking for something experimental for its time and still stands out today.  I will admit, his sound is SO off the wall that most people I know stay as far from it as they can; it’s very absurd and postmodern.  Take it as it is, I guess.


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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