The gay messiah is coming


A title sure to agitate all the rabid Republican Americans out there who froth and fulminate each time I so much as mention Michael Moore. This time however, I am writing about altogether nobler activist: the divine and talented Rufus Wainwright, angel voiced and human hearted. Gary. Jess and I just flitted down to Shepherds Bush Empire to catch the last concert of his European Tour.
Since I discovered him this summer I’ve been gorging myself on the 3 albums. So great to hear a gay man sing so beautifully about loving men – even when that love is painful. Wainwright is so spot on when mirroring the poignacy of love gone awry. The sweet almost comic desperation that comes when you spend all night waiting for a call is nowhere better distilled than in the lyric : “my phone’s on vibrate for you/ so call me anytime you want”. And the exhausted resignation of “Pretty Things” makes me sigh and sigh:

“From where you are, to where I am now
Is its own galaxy
Be a star and fall down somewhere next to me”

Ooh, the words are wonderful enough but that combined with fabulous songsmithery and his voice that seems to come from beyond the clouds melts my innards everytime I hear it. Especially when I hear it live. Boy! that boy’s got a pair of tonsils on him.

But what really charmed me was his self assured personality. He’s so gloriously camp at a time when gay culture is atrophying into a dull and brainless Abercrombie & Fitchitated lump. I felt so proud to be a gay man listening to our Rufus up there. Brains and beauty. And when he introduced the song “Gay Messiah” with a pessimistic note of warning about the next 4 years in America, I suddenly realized how right he was to speak out. Like Pastor Niemoller cautioned, if you don’t make your voice heard, soon enough it’ll be too late.

Screw the “Moral” Majority, I want to be his husband and that’s that!


PS: It’s been pointed me out to me in response to this blog that Rufus is Canadian and that, therefore, in certain provinces North of the border, we could get married. Hurra!



    September 5, 2005 at 5:57 pm

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  2. Mike Masters

    October 10, 2005 at 4:08 am

    wow. alistair, you are ADORABLE! LOVE watching you on cash in the attic. if i caught you alone in the attic, well, you wouldn’t have a chance!

    please know that not all American Republicans are fundamentalist religious types. i wouldn’t vote for a democrat if you paid me. and i’m about as gay as they come . . . so to speak.

    is there an alistair site with, maybe, nake pics from the attic? would LOVE that one!

    don’t buy all that you read (are fed by . . .) the press.


  3. salman

    November 11, 2005 at 1:38 pm

    hi ali

    i love to be married with you eyes blind hehehe
    i find you astonishingly handsome with very happy no gay viewof the world around us…. lots of love salman

  4. Martin Pugh

    July 1, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Alistair
    Fellow Brit boy in the usa here who gets his fill of you every weekend on BBC America.
    You’re an inspiration to Gay men everywhere.

  5. ManDater

    July 19, 2006 at 4:48 am

    Just discovered your blog…07/06…you are beautiful..thanks for this recommendation for RW..he’s wonderful…just downloaded his songs. I first saw you as I was flying to and from Frankfurt on Lufthansa…they were showing DW on the videos…you were very charismatic, I am always pleased to find you in different venues. You are very talented. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing you on video…

  6. Ron

    November 27, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    OMG!!!! Alistair, this was such a shocking supriZZe! Had no ideas, but iften wondered
    each time I saw you on the telly! Loved the story and will be checking out Rufus’ albums, another recently found songbird.. is a handsome chap named Levi Kreis, if you haven’t heard of him please check out his voice also…..
    Finally checking into things.. I feel so behind here in the wonderful Midwest of the USA!
    I Love the surroundings and my background here smack dab in the center of the good ole U.S. of A., the only thing bad is being sooo far behind everyone else! I am very glad to have found this site, and maybe one day this Midwestern Man can join the rest, and not be back in the 60’s !!!

  7. Emma Jayne

    February 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Alistair
    As much as I love to watch you on cash in the attic i have to say that i am dispppointed to find out that you bat for the other side. If you do decide to change teams….LET ME KNOW!

  8. Carrol

    March 25, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Alistair,
    You are simply adorable. I just love watching you on cash in the attic. Why are all the cute, adorable guys gay? Wishing you all the best.

  9. kate

    October 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I am 65 years old, have my favourites but why o why are they all gay.I have nothing against homosexuality but it does norrow my fantasy life.Only got the news on Alistair 2 weeks ago.

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