Rebel Prince

Eccentric pop auteur Rufus Wainwright is ready for his close-up

"It's incredibly frustrating," Wainwright says. "I mean, at the end of the day I've made a great record and I'm going to make a lot more great records, so I'm not worried about it. But in terms of what's sometimes allotted the primo attention, it's so generic and unimaginative that I think is not necessarily good for society these days. It just makes things boring.

"I don't know who's dictating all this stuff, it's very faceless and Big Brotherish. So I consider it, in a weird way, my duty to try to get on radio to try and relieve some of this dictatorship that's going on. But, whatever. I tend to be very dramatic."

Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and chocolate milk are only two of his vices.
Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and chocolate milk are only two of his vices.
Wainwright is the spawn of singer songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.
Wainwright is the spawn of singer songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.

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