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Artist: Klaus Nomi

Album: Klaus Nomi

Appears On (Mixes): Thirteen Ugly Children Roll Gutterballs

Song Notes: This is from Klaus Nomi. I figured this might be a cool one, what with the Klaus Nomi reference in the Army Of Me post. Klaus Nomi was trained as an opera singer, but found himself as a New Wave icon. He had an amazing falsetto voice—yes, that's him singing all the lead parts. His albums are primarily pop music, but each features a little bit of opera—the first album has him singing an aria from "Samson and Delilah", and the second album has a couple from "Dido & Aenaes". Unfortunately, many people know Nomi only as one of the first famous casualties of the then-new AIDS virus. A strange bit of trivia: Klaus Nomi is one of Rush Limbaugh's favorite musicians—not something terribly expected for a hard-core neoconservative commentator to be so into such a strange icon of the gay subculture, and yet Limbaugh probably gives the most radio airplay to Nomi out of anyone. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

 

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