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Scissor Sisters
It might not seem like it to most of us, but 2006 may go down as the year dance music started heading back to the forefront and from the most unlikely of sources ~ the Scissor Sisters. It's not just their flashy getups that make them stand out from the multitude of rock groups out there; they’ve got the voice, the talent, and that very hip attitude. With their new CD Ta-Dah ~ fusing dance, modern rock and just about everything else ~ they’re redefining pop music with a playful edge, with hooks that force you to sing along.

Who Are The Scissor Sisters?
Take George Michael multiplied by five, add a pinch of the Pet Shop Boys, maybe a little Elton John, and you'll have something resembling the Scissor Sisters. A combo like that in rock music shouldn't work, but it does, primarily because the New York based disco-pop outfit has absorbed three decades of dance music and classic rock, creating an irresistible beat that all but commands you to strut the streets like John Travolta did in Saturday Night Fever. In less than three years and on the strength of only one album, the group has achieved hit status on the UK and US charts and opened for the likes of Duran Duran and Elton John.

Their sound has earned the highest praises from A-list pop stars such as Sting and Madonna, and even U2's Bono has called them the best pop group in the world. But the group’s also had their share of detractors. Pink Floyd purists reportedly have sent them many nasty threats after the Sisters remixed and disco-fied the Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, a corker of a song that landed them at the top of the dance charts in 2004. Not that that it matters to them; last year the group found themselves nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Record for that single.

Pop Music’s Most Bizarre Outfit
Like role models Freddie Mercury and Elton John, the Sisters thrive on sexual musical innuendos that openly define their homosexuality. They’re cheeky, sinful and genuinely freaky; songs like Take Your Mama Out and Tits On The Radio should explain it all. All five band members admit to being really disturbed, creative individuals, and that’s a refreshing alternative to the pop musicians who fake it. The group came into being in 2001 when nineteen-year-old Jake Shears met bearded bassist Scott Hoffman (now known as Baby Daddy in the group) while prowling the back woods of Kentucky. Hooking up, they launched into a frenzy of creative songwriting and began playing gigs together in New York clubs.

It was at one such club in New York's East Village that they met with soon to be supporting vocalist Ana Lynch (now Ana Matronic) who was hosting her own raucous cabaret night. Growing up in a flamboyant part of San Francisco, she lost her father to AIDS just after he came out of the closet about his sexual preferences when she was 14. Since then she’s always claimed that the company of gay men made her feel closer to the father she had lost, so it was relatively easy for her to fit right in with Hoffman and Shears. Drummer Patrick Seacor (a.k.a. Paddy Boom) and guitarist Del Marquis joined soon after and completed the quintet.

After spending two years finding their sound, the group finally broke out of New York’s live circuit and took Europe by storm after being signed on by UK record label Polydor. Given the originality of their act, it was inevitable that after the release of their self-titled debut, the praise began gushing in. Thanks to funky, original hits like Take Your Mama Out, Filthy/Gorgeous, Laura and Mary, the CD became one of the biggest-sellers of 2004, selling over 2.4 million copies in the UK alone.

Back For An Encore ~ Tah-Dah
Changing musical styles as often as their wardrobe, the Scissor Sisters have dished up their most exciting piece of work yet: the new album Tah-Dah, a strong dose of unabashed, hands-in-the air fun. It’s meant to come off like a cosmic clash between the Bee Gees, the Pet Shop Boys and Queen, and nowhere is this more evident than on the new single I Don't Feel Like Dancin’. Pop superstar Elton John, himself a big Sisters fan, collaborated with the group on it, and the single allowed Justin Timberlake just one week at the top of the UK charts with SexyBack before knocking it into second place. We caught up with the Sisters on the eve of their latest release for a quick chat.

You can read the rest of our feature on Scissor Sisters in the September 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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