Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Klaus Nomi - Encore!

Since I posted the Tiger Lillies, I found out the proper term for a male singing soprano: it's not castrati, it's countertenor. So, here's another one of those rare beasts, a rock countertenor.
Calling him "rock" is a bit of a stretch, of course: his flamboyantly eclectic albums place old rock'n'roll standards (Elvis' Falling In Love, Chubby Checker's Twist) side by side with the girl group pop (Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me, Lou Christie's Lightning Strikes), opera (Samson and Delilah, Schumann's Der Nussbaum), as well as stabs at disco and new-wavish synth pop; but rock is probably the only genre omnivorous enough to accept him as one's own. Nomi's stage image was equaly flamboyant and eclectic, fusing the black-and-white 20's arlequin looks with futuristic suits, space-age makeup and hairdo and a robotic Kabuki choreography. Klaus Nomi recorded two LPs - Klaus Nomi and Simple Man - before his untimely death of AIDS in 1983. Encore! is a good introduction to his work, combining a selection from both albums with a couple of previously unissued tracks.

Klaus Nomi - Encore!
192 kbps, 67 mb.
1. Fanfare
2. Cold Song
3. Total Eclipse
4. Can't Help Falling In Love
5. Simple Man
6. Wasting My Time
7. Wayward Sisters
8. Ding Dong
9. You Don't Own Me
10. Der Nussbaum
11. Lightning Strikes
12. The Twist
13. Samson And Delilah

Alternatively, you can get the more extensive The Essential compilation.


  1. Klaus is so great - all of his records are worth listening to... Thanks.

  2. Klaus even has his own Greasmonkey script...