Published Mar 16, 2012Baroque pop mastermind Rufus Wainwright will return with the Mark Ronson-produced Out of the Game on April 24, and while we knew the album was being touted as "danceable," we didn't expect that the collection would feature an indirect diss directed towards pop star Lady Gaga.
Speaking with Music Week [via NME], the piano-playing songsmith dished on some of the more acerbic lyrics on the set, admitting that the title track's chorus of "Look at you suckers / Does your mama know what you're doing?" takes on men that have been influenced by the diva's fierce persona. That, and he just plain thinks the Top 40 singer's back catalogue is totally balls.
"I think a lot of it has to do with Lady Gaga, to be honest," he said while discussing Out of the Game. "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 goes on to decry Gaga's style over substance, explaining that we should be searching for inner truths and not his target's supposed artifice.
"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."
You can stream "Out of the Game," which will be released by Decca/Universal, down below.
Chances are slim Lady Gaga will react to Wainwright comments, at least in public. Earlier this week the singer took a vow of media silence.