We haven’t had a good ole fashioned Lady Gaga feud in a while, have we? Sure, Madonna called Mother Monster “reductive”, but pretty much left it at that. Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, however, was willing to fully explain his feelings towards the pop star. Wainwright was discussing his new album Out Of The Game with Music Week when the topic of Gaga came up (as it typically does), and so did some truth-bombs that will surely inspire the pop star’s little monsters to go into attack mode. Said Wainwright, “I totally admire her tenacity, her ambition and her strength of vision. There’s just not one good song there.”
“People, especially gay men, are falling so hard for it,” continues Wainwright, who also boasts a huge following in the LGBTA community. “Certain things that [she] says: ‘Look at me. I was like you one day and now I’m this – and you can do it too.’ I find it a bit disingenuous. We are in this somewhat sinister period and [artists have] got to kind of toughen up and be real. I guess I want to put a little bit more grit into my presentation of what’s happening in the world. It’s about conveying what’s inside us, as opposed to the return of the cone breasts. I find it predictable and boring.”
He does, however, have some very kind things to say about his album’s producer, Mark Ronson. “We kind of fell in love with each other,” he reveals. “There’s a real attraction between Mark and I, which is a little harder for me being gay. I have to battle with it. Whether it’s the Beatles or the Stones or Eurythmics, there’s an unrequited sexual, romantic energy in the studio — and it becomes volatile if not dealt with.”
“To have someone to sing to and dream about in that amorphous state is what it’s all about in the end,” he adds. “People fall in love with people — yes, there are gay people, straight people and bisexuals. But crushes are universal.”
We admit that we love Rufus just as much as Mark Ronson. So for Gaga’s fans out there, we hope this won’t stop you from soaking up his melodic tunes from any one of his ten albums. But Rufus, please — listen to “The Edge Of Glory” one more time. It is awesome.