Formation of Scissor Sisters:
The path that led to Scissor Sisters began when Jake Shears met Babydaddy in Kentucky around the year 2000. Eventually the pair moved to New York City where they met Ana Matronic and began performing together as a musical unit. By late 2003 the band had added Del Marquis and Paddy Boom to the lineup.
Scissor Sisters Band Members:
- Jake Shears (Jason Sellards) - Lead vocals
- Babydaddy (Scott Hoffman) - Bass, Keyboards
- Ana Matronic (Ana Lynch) - Vocals, Percussion
- Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) - Guitar
- Paddy Boom (Patrick Secore) - Drums
Quote from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears:
Speaking about sexual orientation in an interview on ArjanWrites:
"I never made a conscious decision to be out or not. This is just who I am. It is funny because people always ask me the gay question, but in Europe nobody cares. It is all about the music and performance. I hope that people will see us as a rock and roll band, not a queer band."
Scissor Sisters first single released was the song "Electrobix," but its B-side drew much more attention. The B-Side was a cover version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," originally on the album The Wall. The song was re-imagined by Scissor Sisters as a pulsing dance track. It caught the attention of the British music press and eventually reached the UK pop top 10 in 2004.
UK Breakthrough for Scissor Sisters:
The success of "Comfortably Numb" was followed in 2004 by the release of the group's first, self-titled album and a string of hit singles. The album reached #1 on the UK album chart and became one of the bestselling albums of the year. "Filthy/Gorgeous," the final single from the Scissor Sisters album, reached #5 on the singles chart.
Scissor Sisters Hit Singles:
Including UK chart performance:
The Sound of Scissor Sisters:
The music of Scissor Sisters borrows heavily from such 70's pop stalwarts as Elton John and the Bee Gees. Additional influences include Duran Duran and the theatricality of David Bowie.
Despite their success in the UK, Scissor Sisters made relatively little impact back home in the US outside of dance clubs. "Filthy/Gorgeous" reached #1 on the dance chart, but the group's debut album only reached #102 on the album chart, and Wal-Mart refused to sell it because of language deemed offensive.
Scissor Sisters' second album Ta-Dah will be released September 18, 2006 in the UK and September 26, 2006 in the US. It was preceded by the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" which debuted at #4 on the UK pop singles chart.