November 14th, 2005

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Ding dong!

Whoever thought it would be a good idea for Klaus Nomi to do a cover of "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead" was a master of comic genius. I mean, what is funnier than a German man singing in a high falsetto with a thick accent for ALL the voices of the song. PURE AND UTTER CAMP! The Vicked Vitch! Especially: "Oooohhhhhh! I'm melting!" He he. I got the MP3 and it keeps me in stitches.
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I think I just got whiplash...

Two NY Times bits:

Court Pick Described View on Abortion in '85 Document
As a young lawyer seeking to move up in the Reagan administration in 1985, Samuel A. Alito Jr. declared that the Constitution does not protect a right to abortion.

F.D.A.'s Rejection of Contraceptive Is Questioned
The Food and Drug Administration did not follow its usual procedures in rejecting an application for over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B, the investigating arm of Congress found today.

To the first: Aaargh!

To the second: I am not surprised. At all.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for this cervical cancer vaccine thing to hit real headlines. A vaccine that prevents a potentially fatal cancer in women is being opposed by conservatives because giving it to girls would supposedly thwart pro-abstinance education, as HPV is sexually transmitted.
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More Nomi

Some thoughts after listenig to those 6 Nomi MP3s most of the day...

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One of the other Nomi MP3s I got was "Wayward Sisters." I knew this had to be from something, and lo and behold, it's from Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. Found the libretto online and the song is short:

Wayward sisters, you that fright
The lonely traveller by night
Who, like dismal ravens crying,
Beat the windows of the dying,
Appear! Appear at my call, and share in the fame
Of a mischief shall make all Carthage flame.
Appear!


Now, this is a sorceress singing, but Klaus Nomi, 40-something German man, pulled it off well. Yeah, so we have New Wave Baroque!

"The Cold Song," one of Nomi's most famous songs, is also a Purcell song.

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Found this quote/review online:

Klaus Nomi mixed synth-driven new wave, 1920s German cabaret music, disco and opera. It wasn't as though one or two of these influences would crop up occasionally in his songs, but rather he somehow managed to fuse all of these components into virtually every song he recorded. Featuring soaring operatic vocals, pumping synthesizers, thumping dance beats and the strangest arrangements you're likely to ever hear, songs such as "Simple Man" are impossible-to-categorize towering monuments of weirdness that lay waste to all other genre-mixers who came before and after him. You haven't lived until you've heard Nomi speak/sing his way (with his thick German accent) through a cover of The Wizard of Oz's "Ding Dong (The Witch is Dead)," complete with high, piercing female vocals and electronically treated background chants celebrating the death of that aforementioned witch.

—Kembrew McLeod


Somebody agrees with me!

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"I Feel Love" also sounds like a totally f'd up version of some opera, especially since I'm fairly sure it's NOT in English, but I'm not sure really. I found somewhere that says it's a cover of the Donna Summer hit, but I don't know because it sounds totally f'd up.

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"Keys of Life" -- yup, he sounds like an alien.
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