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Gay Times December 11 - Issue 400

Patrick Wolf

There are so many reason to champion Patrick Wolf as an alternative GT poster (man-)child, but one good reason? He’s set to be married to his boyfriend of four years. We met Patrick at their house (the very one he sings about on his last album Lupercalia) and start yapping about his forth-coming civil partnership.

“First of all we’re so lucky that we’re able to do it,” says Patrick, “it’s not just a fantasy, we’re in 2011. My parents were so excited and if I would’ve done it in 1981 they would have chucked me out of the house. I think it’s just a mixture of being so excited to have the freedom to be able to do it, also the emotion of really wanting to be engaged and so it was just very important.
“I decided we should both propose to each other. And he proposed to me in London and I proposed to him in Florida at the lighthouse, and it was important that it was an equal proposal not an archaic ‘man sweeping the woman off her feet and putting her in a domestic situation for the rest of their life’. It’s two men coming together with two different lives and making them into one.” See readers, there is hope. Though this is not going to be your average gay-sort-of-wedding. Pretty sure no one else will be able to get Patti Smith as the wedding singer, with a disco by Alec Empire. And unlike his celebrity contemporaries, there will be no OK!-style magazine spread. “Yeah unless they pay for full botox and chin lift and my next album,” he jokes. “But I like how it’s left-field and indie but still kind of celebrity.”
It’s an odd kind of celebrity Patrick has - not quite a conventional popstar, but well known enough to have people screaming at him on the tube as if he were “some sort of cartoon character”. Those were the Magic Position days, his closest brush with pop (we’ll get to Britney later). It’s his latest opus, Lupercalia, which we’ve said “sounds like he’s found his voice”. And like all musicians, he claims it is his favourite album.
“I’ll probably say that on the next one as well,” he notes. “The hardcore fans will be like, ‘why aren’t you as tortured as you were on your first record and why aren’t you as young?’ Why people want to put me in formaldehyde and keep me? I mean, you might not be feeling happiness right now but maybe one day you’ll appreciate why I wrote these songs.
“I always say that when songs are made with a positive message they’re actually not made for people that are happy, they’re made for people who are in trouble, that are sad or alienated in the world and are looking for some rope to pull them through out of a ditch. That’s why I think the Goths and miserable people, I love them to bits, but maybe it will be helpful for them to listen to some Burt Bacharach or some Kelly Marie or something that will help them you of that situation.”

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