Scissor Sisters The Guvernment, Toronto ON - January 17

Scissor Sisters The Guvernment, Toronto ON - January 17
Entering the city on one of the coldest days this winter, New York City's fabulously flaming Scissor Sisters quickly warmed up a crowd eager to begin dancing to their sexed-up disco pop. Beginning with "Laura," the lead-off hit single from their self-titled album (last year's biggest selling album in the UK), the playful singing team of Jake Shears and Ana Matronic wasted no time interacting with the audience and sharing the rumour that Toronto is known for its reserved audiences (something that was proven wrong in the end). After slapping Shears's ass and deeming it "firm as baloney," Matronic and company continued through a high energy set comprised of tracks like the fervent "Tits On The Radio" and the ballad-esque "Mary," as well as the treat of little heard b-side "Rock My Spot." Proudly proclaiming their songs the perfect music "for eating pussy," they weren't without their controversies. An obviously open-minded crowd shared mixed reactions to Matronic's unnecessary pro-fur statements; however, Shears saved her before the lynching ensued, introducing the exercise-inducing "Filthy/Gorgeous." Near the end of the set, Shears emerged with feather boa in tow, moving his body to their fabulous cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" just before they closed out with the day-glow ballad "Return To Oz." The three-song encore was an exercise in building up to the majestic finale. Commencing with the minimal, slow burning "It Can't Come Quickly Enough," featuring just Babydaddy on keys and Shears singing, the rest of the band came out to join in on their rendition of a favourite "Scottish folk song." This resulted in their well-known jazz-bar interpretation of Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out," which reached a level of excellence on par with the original. Finishing with the Elton John-sized glam rocker "Music Is The Victim," Scissor Sisters proved that any night filled with flamboyant, sparkling glamour is a great night indeed.