April Fools

Album: Rufus Wainwright (1998)
  • This is a track from the self-titled debut album of Rufus Wainwright. In a 2010 interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Canadian-American singer-songwriter discussed his writing process. Wainwright revealed that though he reads and writes music, he tends to transfer a tune in his head straight on to the keyboard, rather than onto a sheet of paper. Said Wainwright: "Then I go back with my assistant and work out the proper value of the notes and the time signatures. 'April Fools' came to me when I was in the bath. I stood up naked and sang it. Songs come to me at odd times. The only thing they have in common is that, when they do come, the moment has to be theatrical."
  • Directed by Sophie Muller, the music video follows Wainwright's fruitless attempts to prevent the suicides of well-known operatic characters, like Madame Butterfly. Gwen Stefani, who worked with Muller on several No Doubt videos, makes a cameo appearance in the clip, which was partly shot at Stefani's house. Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, a friend of Wainwright's, also appears.

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