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Flashback: Klaus Nomi, Singer, Performer, and Weirdo Extraordinaire

Some people were born fabulous, and others turn themselves into legends through sheer will alone. Klaus Nomi, a German-born singer (countertenor, to be exact), went to New York City in the '80s and, while doing odd jobs like making pastries and chopping vegetables, invented a character so odd and interesting, he became an underground hit. With black pointy lips, a hairdo that accentuated his receding hairline, and a tuxedo that wouldn't have looked out of place on The Jetsons, Nomi even landed a gig singing backup for David Bowie for a brief time. He's no longer with us, but his crazy songs and videos are.

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Here's another Nomi video and here's a cute teen tribute.

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Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
That's it! Thanks so much Giggle, I've got it in my queue now, YAY!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
It's "The Nomi Song," Punk Glam Queen, and it's on Netflix! :woohoo:
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Fishay, great link! Klaus was lovely, and he really was a pastry chef! He was such an entertaining performer. I recall seeing a poster for a documentary film out about him a few years ago, but can't seem to find any info on it now :(
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I heard of him before Venture Brothers but I thought it was awesome that they actually had him in there. I noticed Iggy Pop first though. I didn't expect to see someone like Klaus Nomi though. I was hoping more people I wouldn't expect would be in there too.
mnp mnp 8 years
I just watched that clip from fishay. lol. That's too funny! There isn't many characters like this anymore who isn't offensive to others.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I heard of him from Venture Brothers too, fishay!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
Thanks for that hilarious link, fishay! I'm glad he's not forgotten. We need more characters!
fishay fishay 8 years
This is where I first learned of Klaus Nomi: PS. I love The Venture Brothers!
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