This weekend I found that Comcast had added The Nomi Song to its DirectTV free movies. The 2004 documentary profiled Klaus Nomi, a German countertenor from New York's New Wave underground whose freakish synth-pop versions of "Falling in Love" and "Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead" are beyond comprehension. What I hadn't known until I watched the documentary was that David Bowie gave Nomi's career a huge boost when Bowie had him sing backup on Saturday Night Live in 1979. 1970s-era Bowie (wearing a replica of a Dadaist costume) with Klaus Nomi = Obsession (in obsession) + Obsession. In other words, the scene left me paralyzed and quivering. Here it is on YouTube (soon-to-be legendary drag queen Joey Arias is on the left, and yes, that high voice coming out of the tiny man in black at right is real):
So I replayed the scene for a friend who's even more obsessed about David Bowie than I ever was, and he tells me about the new Bowie collection at Target. Designed by rockstar designer (I mean, designs outfits for Aerosmith, not actually talented) Keanan Duffty, the collection includes T-shirts with lightning bolts on them and this little number:
Bowie apparently approved the collection, because Target's selling a $4.99 compilation of his later songs (i.e., post-Obsession) to accompany the clothes. I can't even comment. Just watch the documentary.