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Scissor Sisters

A genre- and gender-defying mix of rock, pop, and dance inspired by burlesque, drag queens, and glam rock, New York's Scissor Sisters made a splash in late 2003/early 2004 with their neon-bright reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," the B-side to the band's first single, "Electrobix." The song made quite a name for the band, which featured singers Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, keyboardist/bassist Babydaddy, guitarists Del Marquis and Derek G, and drummer Paddy Boom: along with becoming the calling card that got the band signed to Polydor in the U.K., "Comfortably Numb" was heralded Single of the Month by Dazed and Confused and Jockey Slut magazines, named an Essential New Tune by Pete Tong on Britain's Radio 1, and also received considerable play by DJs including Felix da Housecat and Tiga. Scissor Sisters (whose name is slang for a lesbian sex act) came from the cutting edge of New York's nightlife and gay culture, incorporating elements of burlesque and drag shows, as well as performance art, into their theatrical live shows. This was the perfect setting for their music, which gleaned the best of Elton John, the Bee Gees, the B-52's, David Bowie, and many other artists with a campy sense of humor and impeccable style. After proving themselves one of the city's most dynamic live acts, Scissor Sisters won over British and European audiences on a tour early in 2004 that coincided with the release of their self-titled debut album. That March, they returned stateside for a South by Southwest gig with Junior Senior and the B-52's before returning to the U.K. to tour with Duran Duran in support of the "Take Your Mama Out" single. The band continued to have a busy spring and summer, launching its first U.S. tour in May -- coinciding with the stateside release of Scissor Sisters -- and returning to Europe in June and July. These dates included two gigs supporting Scissor Sisters' spiritual and musical godfather, Elton John, as well as appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park, Roskilde, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Late that year, Scissor Sisters were nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Record for "Comfortably Numb." The band kept busy with touring and producing remixes during 2005, and returned with new material in fall 2006, when the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" hit number one in England. The band's subsequent album, Ta-Dah, also topped the charts in Great Britain. In 2008, Paddy Boom left the group and was replaced by Randy Schrager. After completing and then scrapping an entire set of songs, Scissor Sisters worked with producer Stuart Price for their third album, Night Work, which was released in 2010 and preceded by the power ballad "Fire with Fire." Guests such as Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and Azealia Banks gave an edge to 2012's Magic Hour. ~ Heather Phares
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Scissor Sisters

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Albums by
Scissor Sisters

Top Songs by
Scissor Sisters

  1.   Song
  2.   Take Your Mama
  3.   I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
  4.   Filthy Gorgeous
  5.   Comfortably Numb
  6.   Only The Horses
  7.   Let's Have a Kiki
  8.   Any Which Way
  9.   Shady Love
  10.   Laura
  11.   She's My Man
  12.   Night Work
  13.   Fire With Fire
  14.   Invisible Light
  15.   I Can't Decide
  16.   The Other Side
  17.   It Can't Come Quickly Enough
  18.   Somewhere
  19.   Year of Living Dangerously
  20.   Whole New Way
  21.   Skin This Cat
  22.   Sex and Violence
  23.   Better Luck
  24.   Lovers in the Backseat
  25.   Mary
  26.   That's Us/Wild Combination
  27.   Ms. Matronic's Magic Message
  28.   Best in Me
  29.   Self Control
  30.   San Luis Obispo
  31.   Baby Come Home
  32.   Something Like This
  33.   Skin Tight
  34.   Running Out
  35.   Night Life
  36.   Harder You Get
  37.   Might Tell You Tonight
  38.   Land of a Thousand Words
  39.   The Skins
  40.   Return to Oz
  41.   Kiss You Off
  42.   Music Is the Victim
  43.   Isn't It Strange
  44.   Keep Your Shoes On
  45.   Ooh
  46.   Intermission
  47.   Lights
  48.   The Secret Life of Letters
  49.   Ambition
  50.   Do the Strand
  51.   Everybody Wants the Same Thing
  52.   Tits on the Radio
  53.   Paul McCartney
  54.   Get It Get It
  55.   Inevitable

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