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Season 1 Episode 7

Rufus Wainwright

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2009 on Sundance Channel
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Episode Summary

Things calm down a bit this week, at least in volume, as Rufus Wainwright joins Elvis for his unique and fascinating interview/performance show. The flamboyant young singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Canadian folk legend Kate McGarrigle, talks not only about his music, but about what the Sundance web site delicately describes as "his complicated family dynamics and his status as an icon of the gay community". Wainwright ably demonstrates both his prowess at the piano and his powerful voice. His mother Kate makes a surprise appearance and joins in for a duet with her son. Although not appearing in the show, his father is represented by Elvis who covers one of his songs.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Song List

        If I Only Had A Brain (Written by Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)
        Performed By Elvis Costello (Vocal) and Bill Frissel (Guitar)

        Memphis Skyline (Written by Rufus Wainwright)
        Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Piano/Vocal)

        New Paint (Written by Loudon Wainwright III)
        Performed By Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)

        Vibrate (Written by Rufus Wainwright)
        Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Piano/Vocal)

        Willie Moore (Traditional)
        Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Vocal) and Kate McGarrigle (Banjo/Vocal)
        With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Bill Frissel (Guitar) and Gabriel Kahane (Piano)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Rufus: But … in retrospect, I'm happy that I had this little bit of … nugget of ignorance to kind of … I'm kind of like the Sarah Palin of orchestrators.
        Elvis: It's important to keep part of the brutal primitive in you at all times.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Rufus: It would be nice to really work the system … get on the radio and have a hit video and all of that ... And I have sort of tried to do that in my own way, which is so far out of the ball park from what people actually do to … be famous. Um, I'm like, "Let's do Grey Gardens!

        Grey Gardens was a 1975 documentary by the Maysles brothers which was later adapted into a Tony Award winning Broadway musical and book. Salon.com reports describing "Grey Gardens as a cult sensation is like calling Star Wars a popular science fiction movie." So this "cult sensation" is the most commercial thing Rufus, who wrote a song entitled "Grey Gardens" for his album Poses, can think of doing.