Rufus Wainwright: Ode to Antidote

August 1, 2006

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Surprise! Rufus has a new song and you can hear it for free right now on the internet. “Ode to Antidote” was written for fashion designers Viktor & Rolf who designed the family’s outfits for Carnegie Hall. My guess is that this is a thank you piece for them. Having recorded “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and his recent Judy Garland show, “Ode to Antidote” comes from the harmonic cloth of both, meaning 20s – 30s Broadway. It’s a tip of the hat to Cole Porter and George Gershwin. I can almost imagine the song on a bass-less scratchy 78 recording.

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