Klaus Nomi – Lightning Strikes

Big suit, big talent.

German countertenor Klaus Nomi, owner of a unique sartorial style, and a voice which could slash diamonds, cut a memorable figure in New York’s East Village music scene.

While he had a brief brush with big-time fame, backing up David Bowie during a performance on SNL, cult status was what awaited.

He was one of the first celebrities to die from AIDS, departing the mortal plane at age 39.

Still, his memory lingers, as he’s immortalized as a character on The Venture Bros., and his performances live on in grainy YouTube videos, waiting to be rediscovered.


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