"The Nomi Song" – 2005

Nomi's first album“The Nomi Song” is a documentary on late 70s/early 80s phenomenon Klaus Nomi. While I was certainly aware of him (or had at least seen his records) at the time, I never knew much about him. This film tells the story; a German opera-lover who arrived in NYC in 1974 and eventually created his unique look & sound during a time in the Lower East Side when eccentricity was encouraged.

He hit the big time briefly when he appeared backing David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979, and apparently sold some records in Europe in the 80s. The funniest bit is when he and his show opened for Twisted Sister in New Jersey! His act strikes me as pretty limited, but he was certainly an original. One of the first to fall to AIDS in 1983.

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