Klaus Nomi

Real Name:
Klaus Sperber
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January 24, 1944 Immenstadt, Germany – August 6, 1983 New York
Klaus was a German countertenor singer, noted for his remarkable vocal performances and unusual stage persona. He became one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS, in 1983.
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Albums

Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi album art Klaus Nomi Klaus Nomi (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Europe 1981 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Simple Man album art Klaus Nomi Simple Man (Album) RCA Europe 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - In Concert album art Klaus Nomi In Concert (Album) RCA, RCA Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Za Bakdaz album art Klaus Nomi Za Bakdaz(CD, Album, Dig) Heliocentric US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Klaus Nomi - Total Eclipse album art Klaus Nomi Total Eclipse (Single) RCA Victor US 1981 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - You Don't Own Me album art Klaus Nomi You Don't Own Me (Single) RCA Victor, RCA France 1981 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Simple Man album art Klaus Nomi Simple Man (Single) RCA Victor Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Ding Dong album art Klaus Nomi Ding Dong (Single) RCA Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Nomi Song / Cold Song album art Klaus Nomi Nomi Song / Cold Song(7", Single) RCA Victor France 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Lightning Strikes album art Klaus Nomi Lightning Strikes(7", Single) RCA UK 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Wayward Sisters album art Klaus Nomi Wayward Sisters(12", Promo, Smplr) RCA Victor France 1982 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Cold Song - Bande Originale Du Film A Nos Amours album art Klaus Nomi Cold Song - Bande Originale Du Film A Nos Amours (Single) RCA France 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Just One Look album art Klaus Nomi Just One Look(7", Single) RCA Records Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Icurok / Simple Man album art Klaus Nomi Icurok / Simple Man(12") RCA Victor Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - I Feel Love album art Klaus Nomi I Feel Love(7", Single) RCA, RCA Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - The Nomi Song (Remixes) album art Klaus Nomi The Nomi Song (Remixes)(CD, Maxi, Promo) Palm Pictures US 2005 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Cold Song 2013 album art DJ Hell* Presents Klaus Nomi DJ Hell* Presents Klaus Nomi - Cold Song 2013 International Deejay Gigolo Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

Klaus Nomi - Encore ... album art Klaus Nomi Encore ... (Comp) RCA Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - The ★ Collection album art Klaus Nomi The ★ Collection (Comp) RCA, BMG Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi album art Klaus Nomi Klaus Nomi (Comp) BMG, RCA France 1994 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Eclipsed: The Best Of Klaus Nomi album art Klaus Nomi Eclipsed: The Best Of Klaus Nomi(CD, Album, Comp) Razor & Tie, BMG Special Products US 1999 Sell This Version
Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi - Simple Man - Encore album art Klaus Nomi Klaus Nomi - Simple Man - Encore(CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Comp + Box) RCA, BMG France Unknown Sell This Version

Videos

Klaus Nomi - The Nomi Song - The Klaus Nomi Odyssey album art Klaus Nomi The Nomi Song - The Klaus Nomi Odyssey Palm (2) US 2004 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Klaus Nomi - Za Bak Daz & Silent Night album art Klaus Nomi Za Bak Daz & Silent Night(CD, Ltd) Heliocentric US 1998 Sell This Version

Reviews

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enfantterrible

enfantterrible

September 30, 2019
edited 10 months ago
The whole phenomena of Klaus Nomi is a sad tragedy (in its utmost Greek meaning).
His life could easily be compared with that of a dramatic opera, which is a thing not exempt from dark irony considering that his dream was to be an opera singer. In the end he became an artist inside his own art performance, living his own opera, representing his own dramatic tragedy.

Klaus dramatism and tragedy inspiring character was his fame and also his perdition (a robot, part alien, part gay, part counter tenor and totally German couldn't be anymore dramatic in itself) he was also a product of its time and context. A child born with exceptional sensibilities in post war Germany, homosexual, partly orphan. All the ingredients to start a perfect drama which will develop in tragedy. The theme for an opera. His favourite thing.

In the brief moment of his career, he left two albums that represent quite well the sentiment that tormented the post war consciousness, the inminence of the presence of death as a living thing and the residual nihilism resulted from it.
For the post war mind and the era of atomic crisis there could only be one resolution, the will to live for the sake of living, as nothing else had any sense (and still doesn't).
Those albums are full of nihilistic references but never ever will cease to appreciate life as a gift.
Take for instance "Total Eclipse" an extremely explicit track on the consequences of living with death as an omen and the only escape out of it is again explicitly exposed as living. Very potent, very dramatic, and absolutely tragic.
Klaus didn't notice he was dying until the last moment, so it's obvious his lyrics were not influenced by the reflection upon his own death but rather the deadly atmosphere of the 70s, 80s and his own past. This makes his music not a personal testimony but a reflection of an epoch and a time which unveiled shows a world permeated by despair dressed glamorously. Klaus simply evidenced it.

The topic of love is an ubiquitous presence in most of his work along with the one of death, this equilibrate even more the balance for dramatic tragedy, with its two formulaic elements.
Unrequited love, lack of luck with it, loneliness, disenchantment are topics present in most of his tracks, many of them reinterpretation in his own outlandish terms but with that de marked strange, sometimes simply intimate touch.

His finale is once again terribly dramatic. A star that was destined to be just a wishing star, not a glamorous robot but a cursed golem, not a weird creation but a plagued pariah. Nevertheless even in that final moment there is still the additional irony of strangeness, that one of his rare disease and being the first famous public figure infected from it. Even in death Mr Klaus was original in order to complement a perfect tragedy.

What he left?
The testimony of art, or expression as a living thing, the determination to be his own dream and imagination, an apollonian ideal and the cruel drunkenness and terrible consequence, a dionysian alienation. His music moves and impress, shows light and shadows in equal terms.

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