Rufus Wainwright: ‘Lady Gaga does not have one good song’

Singer also reveals he and Mark Ronson 'kind of fell in love with each other' during the making of his new LP

Rufus Wainwright has spoken about the lyrical inspiration behind his new record ‘Out Of The Game’ and revealed that Lady Gaga has inspired some of the record’s most biting lyrics.

The album is released on April 23 and a single also called ‘Out Of The Game’, is released on April 16. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the track.

Speaking about the album’s more critical lyrics, Wainwright told Music Week: “I think a lot of it has to do with Lady Gaga, to be honest. 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.”


He continued: “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. It’s about conveying what’s inside us, as opposed to the return of the cone breasts. I find it predictable and boring.”

Wainwright also spoke about working with Mark Ronson on the album and revealed that he and the producer “kind of fell in love with each other” during the creation of the album.

Asked about working with Ronson, he said: “We kind of fell in love with each other. 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. People fall in love with people – yes, there are gay people, straight people and bisexuals. But crushes are universal.”

‘Out Of The Game’ features cameos from Martha Wainwright, Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ guitarist Nick Zinner, Sean Lennon, Wilco‘s Nels Cline and Miike Snow‘s Andrew Wyatt.

Wainwright will play London’s Lyceum Theatre on April 30, where he will be airing material from ‘Out Of The Game’.