Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Eclipsed: The Best of Klaus Nomi

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Eclipsed: The Best of Klaus Nomi

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Eclipsed: The Best of Klaus Nomi

* Klaus Nomi * Razor & Tie

In every age a talent emerges that's so far ahead of its time, it can't be fully appreciated. That was the case with New Wave wunderkind Klaus Nomi. But finally, 16 years after his death, Nomi gets his due with Razor & Tie's Eclipsed: The Best Of Klaus Nomi.

The new CD captures the spirit of a world traveler who created otherworldly sounds. Born Klaus Sperber in the Bavarian Alps in 1944, Nomi grew up in Berlin, moved to New York City in 1972, and quickly became a fixture in the city's underground scene. His national U.S. television debut came in 1979, when he sang backup for David Bowie on Saturday Night Live.

While Nomi's 21st-century cabaret shtick created an immediate buzz, it was nothing compared to the sensation caused by his voice. Armed with an astounding vocal range, Nomi was what's known these days as a countertenor--capable of low Elvis Presley-like crooning one minute and soprano trills rivaling Maria Callas the next. As the quirky New Wave movement took off, Nomi seemed like a shoo-in as the Next Big Thing.

In 1981 the album Klaus Nomi was released by French RCA. Record execs, convinced they were priming the next Bowie, distributed his albums in Europe and Japan and put him on the road. …

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