The Indefinable Scissor Sisters
Published Jan 01, 2006From the moment they stepped into the spotlight, New Yorks Scissor Sisters have stuck out like a fabulous, glittery sore thumb. Embraced warmly by the UK, where they sold more records than anyone in 2004, its on their home continent where the bands fusion of pop, glam, disco, rock and electro cant seem to catch on. "Id rather give people the benefit of the doubt, but maybe it is latent homophobia, admits Scissor Sisters guitarist Del Marquis.
Slinging nasty accusations isnt something Marquis enjoys. But for a band so rooted in the pop music that America loves (Elton John, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, early Madonna), seducing any market should be a piece of cake. "I think as a band, and not just with the music, how we look and who we are defies categorisation. We dont fit into the categories that exist right now, says Marquis. "We see ourselves as a pop band, and as long as this music is really accessible and interesting, and the melody is good we dont see why its such an issue.
Like their debut, the Sisters second full-length, Ta-Dah!, doesnt hold back in blurring boundaries. Again the songs are big on presentation (hero Elton John tickles the ivories on two cuts) and filled with their signature flamboyance, studious ambition and sharpened melodic hooks that were born to grace the radios airwaves.
"We think of the 70s and early 80s as the golden era of pop everything from R&B and P-Funk to psychedelic bands and Hall & Oates. Everybody wrote pop tunes and none of them looked alike, yet it all seemed to make sense and work on the radio, Marquis explains. "Now programming is so specific. I think that were a really accessible band, but people dont know what to do with us over here.