Music — Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters (Universal Records)

How much would you pay for the perfect pop song? Think about it. Is one perfect song worth the cost of a full CD? More?

Now, how much would you pay if that one perfect song is about coming out to your mother in a gay club?

Well, in the case of the Scissor Sisters, a joyously gay disco band out of New York, the perfect song is “Take Your Mama,” and it’s worth buying the rest of new self-titled CD for that song alone.

Sung like prime 1970s Elton, and accompanied by a deliriously catchy chorus, “Take Your Mama” is one of those rare songs that you can play all day without wanting to toss your CD player out the window.

“Gonna take your mama out tonight / Yeah, we’ll show her what it’s all about / We’ll get her jacked up on some cheap champagne / We’ll let the good times all roll out,” goes the chorus, accompanied by singer Jake Shears’ falsetto vocals and a rolling cabaret piano line.

Even without “Take Your Mama” the Scissor Sisters’ new album would score high on any late-night nightclub meter. A hilarious disco version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” makes it clear early on that the Scissor Sisters have no respect for their elders. And if the pounding electronic dance number “Filthy/Gorgeous” doesn’t make you get up and dance, you’d best check your pulse.

What works best about this group and this album is how little the Scissor Sisters seem to take themselves seriously. The group (which is made up of Shears, Paddy Boom, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic and Del Marquis) understand how silly they look in fur and leather, but they don’t care. In fact, fashion is as much the point of the group as the music. After all, even as they take a swipe a New York’s increasingly conservative dance scene with a song like “Tits on the Radio,” they are also singing about screwing strangers in the back seat of a car. Scissor Sisters don’t take themselves seriously, so why should we?

In the end, even if the Scissor Sisters become a mere footnote in the retro-70s universe, they still have that perfect song. And how many bands can say that?

—Dan Szczesny


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