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Music: Klaus Nomi

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

Klaus Nomi is...

Well,

Um.

He just is.

Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was a falsetto 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 New Wave talents of the era. Sadly, he became a victim of Executive Meddling, 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 Elvis Presley and Maria Callas as his biggest influences, and it shows — his cover songs are a delicate balance between rock and opera, with a strong New Wave vibe. He appeared on Urgh! A Music War. where he performed his Signature Song, "Total Eclipse" (which was recently covered by Nina Hagen). He also worked with David Bowie (as a backup singer for Bowie's first Saturday Night Live 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 New Wave's best example of Doing It for the Art.

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

... And he sang The Wizard Of Oz.

The works of Klaus Nomi contain examples of the following tropes:


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alternative title(s): Klaus Nomi
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