Mark Ronson talks Kevin Parker, Father John Misty, Josh Homme, & Beck roles on Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’

"It’s this bastard love child of [Tame Impala’s] ‘Let It Happen’ and ‘Bad Romance'" said Ronson

Mark Ronson has opened up about the influence of Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Father John Misty, Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Beck on the upcoming Lady Gaga album ‘Joanne’.

Ronson executively produced the album, which is out on October 21. Gaga has already released tracks ‘Perfect Illustion’, ‘Million Reasons’ and ‘A-YO’.

Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone, Ronson has detailed how Kevin Parker came to be involved with the album’s lead single.



An excerpt of the interview states: “‘Perfect Illusion’ started with a Parker demo for a song he called simply ‘Illusion,’ which Gaga and Ronson expanded on when they sat down with a piano and guitar, respectively. “The message in that song is quite personal for her,” Ronson says. “It’s this bastard love child of [Tame Impala’s] ‘Let It Happen’ and ‘Bad Romance.’”

Ronson explains that Father John Misty plays drums on the album, though doesn’t specify on what tracks. He has also revealed that Father John Misty helped to write album track ‘Sinner’s Prayer’.

Ronson also asked Josh Homme to add a guitar part to ‘John Wayne,’ which he then ended up co-producing and playing drums on. The interview goes into more detail about the Beck collaboration ‘Dancin’ In Circles’.

[It] began when Ronson ran into Beck and invited him to the studio. “For Gaga, it was like meeting her idol,” he says. “Beck is pretty much her favorite influential artist of the past 20 years. She was a fan girl at first.” The song morphed from an unplugged Beck song into what Ronson calls “classic Gaga, like ‘Alejandro’ and some of the stuff from Fame Monster.”


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