It only takes a quick look at the cover to get a reasonably decent idea that this isn't your typical pop album: Decked out in a grossly oversized suit and heavy theatrical makeup, Klaus Nomi is not your typical pop singer, either. Both the cover and the music within lean heavily to the dramatic -- Nomi's delivery is all in a very operatic falsetto, though most of the music itself is more of the early-'80s European dance school (indeed, one of his collaborators here was Man Parrish, probably best-known for his later work with Man 2 Man). Only one of the tracks here was self-penned; rather, Nomi gets down to work here as an interpreter, turning in suitably skewed versions of "Lightning Strikes" and Chubby Checker's "The Twist." The real highlights here are his take on Kristian Hoffman's song "Total Eclipse," and a rather straight (ahem) reading of the aria from Saint-Saens' classical work Samson and Delilah. It's pretty hard to imagine your typical classical music buff embracing this song, let alone the entire album, but fans of off-kilter pop music will certainly find a lot to love about this album.
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Performance CreditsKlaus Nomi Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Julie Burger Background Vocals
Jon Cobert Keyboards,Background Vocals
Scott Woody Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsHank Ballard Composer
Klaus Nomi Contributor
Jack Skinner Engineer
Michael Frondelli Engineer
Ron Johnsen Producer
Andy Waterman Engineer
Jack Letourneau Engineer
Michael Halsband Cover Photo
Vitamine Studio Artwork,Graphic Design
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Klaus Nomi based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Klaus Nomi continues to be a great posthumous entertainer. The songs on the album are good. "You Don't Own Me" can be heard on the Rush Limbaugh Show as part of a category of update theme. Five stars to the Nomi Man!