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- Posted on Mar 19th 2012 12:02PM by Jason MacNeil
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When asked about some of the lyrical content on his upcoming album 'Out of the Game' ("Look at you suckers/Does your mama know what you're doing?"), Wainwright said, "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."
Wainwright added that "people, especially gay men, are falling so hard for it," before describing Gaga's presentation as "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."
Wainwright also elaborated on working with producer Mark Ronson on his new album, saying, "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," Wainwright said. "I have to battle with it. Whether it's the Beatles or the Stones or Eurhythmics, there's an unrequited sexual, romantic energy in the studio -- and it becomes volatile if not dealt with."
Lady Gaga has not commented on Wainwright's statements nor has Wainwright added anything more since the article was released. Wainwright will release his new album late next month (May 1 in the U.S.) and begins a European tour in Copenhagen on April 23.
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