-> You don't know me, I'm not one of your little toys\\
You don't own me, don't say I can't play with other boys\\
And don't tell me what to do, don't tell me what to say\\
Please, when I go out with you, don't put me on display because\\
You don't know me, don't try to change me in any way\\
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]]'''

Klaus Nomi is...


[[MindScrew Um. ]]

[[ShapedLikeItself He just is.]]

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.

He cited 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.

Klaus Nomi still has a massive fanbase, and is considered by many to be [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]'s best example of DoingItForTheArt.

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

... And he sang ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vXR5gjRMPk The Wizard Of Oz]]''.
!! The works of Klaus Nomi contain examples of the following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: "After the Fall".
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Simple Man" and "Za Bakdaz" are both songs as well as album titles.
* AnonymousBand: Initially, Klaus's band all wore black and ski masks to avoid distracting the audience from Klaus's theatrics. Then they realized it wasn't a problem.
** Averted for the ''Urgh!'' performance, which featured a band in weird white outfits, much to the original band's disgust.
* AntiLoveSong: "You Don't Own Me".
* [[TenorBoy Countertenor Boy]]
* 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.
** Lou Christie was so impressed by Klaus's version of "Lightning Strikes," he wanted to work on a space opera with Klaus.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Spectacularly averted with "You Don't Own Me": "''Don't say I can't play with other BOYS!''".
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Total Eclipse".
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "From Beyond," "High Wire," "Fanfare".
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Samson and Delilah (Aria)".
* GlassShatteringSound
* GratuitousFrench: "Samson and Delilah (Aria)," "Enchante".
* HeyLetsPutOnAShow: After his first performance at the New Wave Vaudeville, Ann Magnuson asked ''people who didn't even know Klaus'' to start a band for him.
* IconicOutfit: His tuxedo suit, big black tie, white make-up, black lipstick and hair stuck up straight.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Several instances of Nomi/Know me.
* IncrediblyLongNote: "The Cold Song" ends with one.
* IndecipherableLyrics: The ''Za Bakdaz'' album.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Samson and Delilah (Aria)" ends with a UFO takeoff.
** 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.]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Klaus is... pop music covering opera performance art with heavy reliance on synthesizers? Let's just say it's New Wave.
* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]: The genre he's most closely associated with.
* {{Opera}}: He was a countertenor and thus could sing quite high.
* [[OneWomanWail One Countertenor Wail]]: "From Beyond" and it's reprise, "Return."
* PowerBallad: [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] PowerBallad!
* ProtestSong: "You Don't Own Me".
* RearrangeTheSong: And ''how!''
* RevolvingDoorBand: The original band is not the album band is not the ''Urgh!'' band.
* RhymingWithItself: ''Total eclipse! It's a total eclipse!''
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''The Nomi Song''.
* 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...''
* TheSongRemainsTheSame: Despite his tendency to RearrangeTheSong, the opera pieces are left basically untouched.
* StageNames: He's really Klaus Sperber.
* TheSomethingSong: "Nomi Song," "The Cold Song".
* WordSaladLyrics: "Cre Spoda, "Za Bakdaz," and most of that album, really. Also, the album version of the Samson and Delilah aria isn't actually French.