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!

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