History Music / KlausNomi

1st Apr '15 12:53:09 PM Patachou
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* AlbumTitleDrop: "Za Bakdaz" are both songs as well as album titles.

* TitleTrack: "Simple Man" from ''Music/SimpleMan''.
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* TitleTrack: "Simple Man" from ''Music/SimpleMan''.''Music/SimpleMan'' and "Za Bakdaz" from the never finished project he worked on before his death.
1st Apr '15 12:40:10 PM Patachou
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* AfterTheEnd: "After the Fall". * AlbumTitleDrop: "Simple Man" and "Za Bakdaz" are both songs as well as album titles.
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* AfterTheEnd: "Total Eclipse" and "After the Fall". Fall" both deal with the apocalypse. The main difference is the first song just decides to accept the end of Earth and dance before it happens, while the second song sings that life will go on somehow. * AlbumTitleDrop: "Simple Man" and "Za Bakdaz" are both songs as well as album titles.

* [[TenorBoy Countertenor Boy]]
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* [[TenorBoy Countertenor Boy]]Boy]]: Nomi didn't just put up a funny voice: he was actually trained as a counter tenor singer.

* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Total Eclipse".
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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Total Eclipse".Eclipse", about nuclear disaster taking place, but Nomi invites everybody to just sing and dance a final time.

* FakeOutFadeOut: "Samson and Delilah (Aria)". * GlassShatteringSound
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* FakeOutFadeOut: "Samson and Delilah (Aria)". * GlassShatteringSound(Aria)" seems to end, but then a space rocket sound is heard, after which the song closes for real.

* ProtestSong: "You Don't Own Me". * RearrangeTheSong: And ''how!''
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* ProtestSong: "You Don't Own Me". Me", a Lesley Gore cover, where the protagonist sings about how his lover doesn't have to right to rule him. * RearrangeTheSong: And ''how!''Nomi covered songs, both from pop and classical music, in ways that sound extremely bizarre and otherwordly.

* RhymingWithItself: ''Total eclipse! It's a total eclipse!''
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* RhymingWithItself: "Total Eclipse" --> ''Total eclipse! It's a total eclipse!''

* ScareChord: "Nomi Chant". * SelfTitledAlbum: His debut album. * SongOfSongTitles: In "After the Fall": ''So I told you about the total eclipse now, but still it caught you unawares...''
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* ScareChord: "Nomi Chant". * SelfTitledAlbum: His debut album.Chant" ends with one. * SelfTitledAlbum: His debut album: ''[[Music/KlausNomiAlbum Klaus Nomi]]'' * SongOfSongTitles: In "After the Fall": Fall" from ''Music/SimpleMan'' --> ''So I told you about the total eclipse now, but still it caught you unawares...''

* TheSomethingSong: "Nomi Song," "The Cold Song". * TourchedByVorlons: He pretended to be from outer space in his lyrics. Not that odd considering he was once a back-up singer for Music/DavidBowie.
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* TheSomethingSong: "Nomi Song," Song" and "The Cold Song". * TourchedByVorlons: TitleTrack: "Simple Man" from ''Music/SimpleMan''. * TouchedByVorlons: He pretended to be from outer space in his lyrics. Not that odd considering he was once a back-up singer for Music/DavidBowie.
1st Apr '15 12:31:43 PM Patachou
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-klaus-nomi_3414.jpg]] -> You don't know me, I'm not one of your little toys\\
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.[[quoteright:341:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-klaus-nomi_3414.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cfc7f8c306782e519a414f997bb83e56.jpg]] -> You ''You don't know me, I'm not one of your little toys\\

You don't own me, don't tie me down, 'cause I'd never stay --> -- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJCtxT1v7uM You Don't Own Me]]'''
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You don't own me, don't tie me down, 'cause I'd never stay stay'' --> -- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJCtxT1v7uM You Don't Own Me]]''' Me]]''' - ''[[Music/KlausNomiAlbum Klaus Nomi]]''

Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] cover singer, performance artist and pastry chef who rose to fame in the 1970s. Raised in Germany (and coming from ''outer space''), he started out singing operatic arias in vaudeville shows before becoming one of the most lauded [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and eventually lost control over most of his music. Like many gay stars at the time, he died in 1983 as a result of complications from AIDS.
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Klaus Nomi (born '''Klaus Nomi''' (real name: Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] cover singer, performance artist and pastry chef who rose to fame in the 1970s. Raised in Germany (and coming from ''outer space''), he started out singing operatic arias in vaudeville shows before becoming one of the most lauded [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and eventually lost control over most of his music. Like many gay stars Even more tragic was his early death at the time, he died in 1983 as a result of complications age 39 from AIDS. AIDS, being one of the first celebrities to die from the disease.

'''Discography''' * ''[[Music/KlausNomiAlbum Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] cover singer, performance artist and pastry chef who rose to fame in the 1970s. Raised in Germany (and coming from ''outer space''), he started out singing operatic arias in vaudeville shows before becoming one of the most lauded [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and eventually lost control over most of his music. Like many gay stars at the time, he died in 1983 as a result of complications from AIDS. Nomi]]'' (1981) * ''Music/SimpleMan'' (1982)

* CoverVersion: Many. "Lightning Strikes," originally by Lou Christie, "The Twist," originally by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "You Don't Own Me," originally by Leslie Gore, "Just One Look," originally by Doris Troy, "Falling in Love Again," originally by Marlene Dietrich, "Can't Help Falling in Love," originally by ElvisPresley, "I Feel Love," originally by Music/DonnaSummer. "Ding Dong The Witch It Dead", originally from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And the opera songs.
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* CoverVersion: Many. "Lightning Strikes," originally by Lou Christie, "The Twist," originally by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "You Don't Own Me," originally by Leslie Lesley Gore, "Just One Look," originally by Doris Troy, "Falling in Love Again," originally by Marlene Dietrich, Creator/MarleneDietrich, "Can't Help Falling in Love," originally by ElvisPresley, Music/ElvisPresley, "I Feel Love," originally by Music/DonnaSummer. "Ding Dong The Witch It Dead", originally from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And the opera songs.

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* CoverVersion: Many. "Lightning Strikes," originally by Lou Christie, "The Twist," originally by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "You Don't Own Me," originally by Leslie Gore, "Just One Look," originally by Doris Troy, "Falling in Love Again," originally by Marlene Dietrich, "Can't Help Falling in Love," originally by ElvisPresley, "I Feel Love," originally by Music/DonnaSummer. "Ding Dong The Witch It Dead", originally TourchedByVorlons: He pretended to be from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And the opera songs.outer space in his lyrics. Not that odd considering he was once a back-up singer for Music/DavidBowie.
2nd Mar '15 11:02:56 PM Patachou
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** He does this ''twice in a row'' on his first album. The otherwise calm Nomi Chant becomes a ScareChord in it's last second, and his rendition of the aria "Mon coeur c'ouvre a ta voix" from Samson and Delilah ends with what can only be described as him getting back in his space ship and taking off. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes sense in his live shows.]]
16th Jan '15 1:37:35 PM TrustBen
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* CoverVersion: Many. "Lightning Strikes," originally by Lou Christie, "The Twist," originally by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "You Don't Own Me," originally by Leslie Gore, "Just One Look," originally by Doris Troy, "Falling in Love Again," originally by Marlene Dietrich, "Can't Help Falling in Love," originally by ElvisPresley, "I Feel Love," originally by Donna Summer. "Ding Dong The Witch It Dead", originally from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And the opera songs.
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* CoverVersion: Many. "Lightning Strikes," originally by Lou Christie, "The Twist," originally by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "You Don't Own Me," originally by Leslie Gore, "Just One Look," originally by Doris Troy, "Falling in Love Again," originally by Marlene Dietrich, "Can't Help Falling in Love," originally by ElvisPresley, "I Feel Love," originally by Donna Summer.Music/DonnaSummer. "Ding Dong The Witch It Dead", originally from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And the opera songs.
15th Jan '15 3:12:42 PM Patachou
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* IconicOutfit: His tuxedo suit, white make-up, black lipstick and hair stuck up straight.
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* IconicOutfit: His tuxedo suit, big black tie, white make-up, black lipstick and hair stuck up straight.
15th Jan '15 3:12:11 PM Patachou
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He cited ElvisPresley and Maria Callas as his biggest influences, and it shows -- his cover songs are a delicate balance between rock and opera, with a strong [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] vibe. He appeared on ''Urgh! A Music War.'' where he performed his SignatureSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuSrsGzhD9U "Total Eclipse"]] (which was recently covered by Music/NinaHagen). He also worked with Music/DavidBowie (as a backup singer for Bowie's first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance in 1979), and they inspired each other's wardrobes for a short while.
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He cited ElvisPresley Music/ElvisPresley and Maria Callas as his biggest influences, and it shows -- his cover songs are a delicate balance between rock and opera, with a strong [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] vibe. He appeared on ''Urgh! A Music War.'' where he performed his SignatureSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuSrsGzhD9U "Total Eclipse"]] (which was recently covered by Music/NinaHagen). He also worked with Music/DavidBowie (as a backup singer for Bowie's first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance in 1979), and they inspired each other's wardrobes for a short while.

The only person to even come close to his brand of "postmodern theatricality" is LadyGaga, who cites him as an influence. It shows.
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The only person to even come close to his brand of "postmodern theatricality" is LadyGaga, Music/LadyGaga, who cites him as an influence. It shows.

The only person to even come close to his brand of "postmodern theatricality" is LadyGaga, who cites him as an influence. It shows. * IconicOutfit: His tuxedo suit, white make-up, black lipstick and hair stuck up straight.

* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]
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* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]Wave]]: The genre he's most closely associated with. * {{Opera}}: He was a countertenor and thus could sing quite high.

* SelfTitledAlbum
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* SelfTitledAlbumSelfTitledAlbum: His debut album.
6th Oct '14 12:50:31 PM m8e
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Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto Music/NewWave cover singer, performance artist and pastry chef who rose to fame in the 1970s. Raised in Germany (and coming from ''outer space''), he started out singing operatic arias in vaudeville shows before becoming one of the most lauded Music/NewWave talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and eventually lost control over most of his music. Like many gay stars at the time, he died in 1983 as a result of complications from AIDS. He cited ElvisPresley and Maria Callas as his biggest influences, and it shows -- his cover songs are a delicate balance between rock and opera, with a strong Music/NewWave vibe. He appeared on ''Urgh! A Music War.'' where he performed his SignatureSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuSrsGzhD9U "Total Eclipse"]] (which was recently covered by Music/NinaHagen). He also worked with Music/DavidBowie (as a backup singer for Bowie's first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance in 1979), and they inspired each other's wardrobes for a short while. Klaus Nomi still has a massive fanbase, and is considered by many to be Music/NewWave's best example of DoingItForTheArt.
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Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] cover singer, performance artist and pastry chef who rose to fame in the 1970s. Raised in Germany (and coming from ''outer space''), he started out singing operatic arias in vaudeville shows before becoming one of the most lauded Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and eventually lost control over most of his music. Like many gay stars at the time, he died in 1983 as a result of complications from AIDS. He cited ElvisPresley and Maria Callas as his biggest influences, and it shows -- his cover songs are a delicate balance between rock and opera, with a strong Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] vibe. He appeared on ''Urgh! A Music War.'' where he performed his SignatureSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuSrsGzhD9U "Total Eclipse"]] (which was recently covered by Music/NinaHagen). He also worked with Music/DavidBowie (as a backup singer for Bowie's first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance in 1979), and they inspired each other's wardrobes for a short while. Klaus Nomi still has a massive fanbase, and is considered by many to be Music/NewWave's [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]'s best example of DoingItForTheArt.

* Music/NewWave
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* Music/NewWave[[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]

* PowerBallad: Music/NewWave PowerBallad!
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* PowerBallad: Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] PowerBallad!
16th Jul '14 1:36:32 AM KentuckyTroper1990
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Klaus Nomi is...
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Klaus Nomi is... is...

* NoHitWonder: He never really made it into the mainstream, but in avant-garde circles, ''everyone'' knows Klaus Nomi.
22nd Nov '13 10:05:15 PM creekery
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Adding links for affect, or something.
Well, Um. He just is.
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Well, Um. Well, [[MindScrew Um. ]] [[ShapedLikeItself He just is. is.]]
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