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The Nomi Song Review
by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Klaus Nomi was an intense figure on the performance art scene in New York City in the late '70s. Having arrived from Essen, Germany, after a short stint in Berlin, Klaus Sperber came to the Big Apple with a plan. He changed his last name to Nomi and told people that he was from outer space. With his pale complexion and coal-black lipstick to match the Dracula-esque widow's peak in his hair, he looked the part, even before he donned any number of futuristic/ridiculous costumes. His visual was stunning. But it was when he opened his mouth that the real show began. His unaffected voice was a normal tenor, but Nomi sang in Soprano and mostly falsetto. So here you have this guy on stage looking like a campy Martian vampire, singing opera with a woman's voice. Perfectly. It often had to be explained to a rapt crowd that Nomi was, indeed singing, as many thought he was lip-synching to a recording. Without a doubt, he was the era's biggest freak show. He and his crew thought that they were bound for major fame after he appeared on Saturday Night Live, performing two songs with David Bowie in 1979. But Nomi's star quickly fizzled out and he died from AIDS shortly thereafter.

This documentary chronicles Nomi's short-lived career with plenty of actual performance footage as well as candid stuff and a brief interview with Klaus himself. Many who knew him give emotional interviews; those involved in his stage productions and even his aunt back in Germany. The film is extremely well edited; one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is not necessary to know anything about Nomi or to have been a fan in order to enjoy every minute of this nearly 100-minute video.


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