Song 33 Klaus Nomi

Klaus Nomi - Simple Man, 1982

'Yes, I'm a simple man! I do the best I can!' I became a fan of Klaus Nomi (1944-1983) only a few years ago, when visiting my cool Canadian friend in Berlin who played me the Simple Man LP. When I found out he had a song about being a cowboy on another planet ('Rubberband Lazer') I knew it was meant to be. Nice tribute video here: yes, folks, you can start off life as just another German kid and end up recreating yourself as Astroboy's wicked uncle, if that's where the road takes you. It's so simple!

The song also answers the burning question: why the stupid website name? Well, I started out writing as Janet Cameron O'Faolain (married name), but it was pointed out to me that this might be off-putting to anyone outside Ireland. What next? There was already a Janet Cameron publishing in England. Jan Cameron? Okay. I'd already bought jcofaolain as a domain name, but I went looking for something Jan-related instead, and then I remembered the song. Reason prevailed the next morning when I realised that Jan Cameron sounded a bit dopey. I still liked the site name, though. And it's singable!

Get your copy of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World here Ireland and the UK 

51U3E6BPgnL  SL500 AA300  Cinnamon Toast pb cover low res

In the U.S.A.

In Canada...or try here. Or go independent.

"...astonishingly good....a juicy coming-of-age story...also an important read." The Globe and Mail

"...poignant...heart-wrenching. This stunning debut will surely appeal to both teenage readers and adults." Quill & Quire, starred review

"Witty, devastating, with a melancholy humour..." Sunday Business Post

", top drawer stuff..." BGE Book Club

"...warm, witty, heartfelt and utterly engaging..." The Irish News

"A stunning debut. I loved it." The Irish Examiner