Rufus Imagines That B. Flo Tastes Like Chips

Our favorite Wainwright is nearing the release date of his fifth full-length Release The Stars, one that he promises to be “less personal in terms of my own struggles,” a sharp turn for the otherwise candidly autobiographical crooner. So instead of chronicling his penchant for illegal substances and pretty boys, Rufus told Time Out London that “a lot of the songs are about other people, friends of mine.” Friends like Sam’s Town’s outspoken resident Brandon Flowers.

“I don?t know him that well,” Wainwright admits, “but I wrote this song about him which is kind of hilarious ? it says he tastes like potato chips in the morning.”

They may not know each other in the biblical sense, but here they’re clearly close enough for Rufus to smell the Pringles.


[Pic via Arjan Writes]

But don’t expect “Tulsa” (the Brandon-tune’s title) to be in Wainwright’s Boléro-citing swing; this time, with Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant’s help, Rufus is bringing the dance and the rock.

Neil has been really helpful in getting a pop feel out of some of the songs,? reckons Rufus. ?Some of it is vaguely dance. It?s kind of a little more rock ?n? roll but when I say that, I mean Rufus Wainwright rock ?n? roll which is perhaps more a kind of classic rock. I have Richard Thompson playing on it and there are several long, dramatic voyages that occur, but more with a rock slant.

“Tulsa” lyrics after the jump.

You taste of potato chips in the morning.
Your face has the Marlon Brando club calling.
And who would have thought that I?d owe it all to Tulsa.
And that fat guy with the green shirt that we both signed together.
Who once he hears this song won?t live it down forever.

Your suit was the whitest thing since you know who.
I fear that the savior I have mentioned may be you.
And who would have thought that I?d owe it all to Tulsa.
And that poor girl who waited in the rain for hours to meet me (not you baby!)
Who once she hears this song won?t live it down completely.

And I owe it all to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This is just a reminder
Of the antique shop that I want to go back to and visit when it?s open
In Tulsa, Oklahoma
Just in case you don?t appreciate this song about you.