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The Nomi Song Review


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Andy Warhol said that we'd all be famous for 15 minutes, but he may have missed the mark. As it turns out, everyone will be famous for long enough to have a feature-length film made about their life.

Klaus Nomi was a 1980s musical oddity I had never heard of, but presumably enough people had to merit making a movie about him. Nomi was a real oddity, even for the glam-stricken '80s. Classically trained as a falsetto opera singer, he found himself in a world with no demand for classically-trained falsetto opera singers. Pop was in, particularly hair bands.

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Nico Icon Review


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She lived Gia's life before Gia did. Nico, born Christa Paffgen to a father who died in Hitler's army, had a small part in La Dolce Vita, hawked all kinds of junk on TV commercials, moved to the states and became one of Andy Warhol's entourage, hooked up with Lou Reed, Jackson Browne, and Jim Morrison, started her own singing career, and ended up a worthless heroin junkie, dead at 49. That's probably 20 years more than she should have lasted, considering the paucity of her talents, but catching a look at what took a gorgeous kid, full of life, into a rare freak show is certainly worth a look.
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