From left to right: Paddy Boom, Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis, Babydaddy
"Spawned by the scuzzy, gay nightlife scene of New York", Scissor Sisters crashed onto the music scene in the mid-00s. They became one of the most popular pop acts of the decade, especially in the U.K. Their self-titled album was (as of 2006) the 10th biggest-selling album of the 21st century, making them stick out like a sore thumb among other (mainstream) artists who sold similar amounts of albums. Celeb fans include Lady Gaga, Thom Yorke, JoshHomme* He's also friends with the lead singer, Elton John, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.Camp & sexuality revolves around this band. For example:
Their name comes from a popular lesbian sex act.
A guys ass is featured on Night Work's cover.
Jake Shears performs in...revealing costumes.
Their music often has LGBT themes.
The only straight members are/were Ana & Paddy Boom. Not sure about Randy (Paddy's replacement), though.Members:
Animated Music Video - "Mary", the video is live-action with an animated segment that seems to be a spoof of "Rapunzel" and other fairytales. What's interesting about this one is that the segment was produced by Don Bluth.
Buried Alive - Referenced in "I Can't Decide" (where what can't be decided is "whether you should live or die"): "Or I could bury you alive / But you might crawl out with a knife / And kill me when I'm sleeping".
Censored for Comedy - The radio edit of "Filthy/Gorgeous" bleeped the word "acid" (as in LSD)... but only the second syllable, which made it sound really... uh, filthy. "Trip on a hit of ass" indeed.
The Cover Changes The Meaning Their not universally loved cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb" brings out a different facet. The original is overflowing with angst, about someone who can't quite get numb enough. The remake sounds like someone who really has been medicated into oblivion, to the point of losing both their neuroses and their identity, and is loving every minute of it.
Downer Ending - Their first album (the non-UK version) ends with "Return To Oz", a song about drug use in the gay community.
Also Lady Gaga chose them to open for part of the 2011 North American Leg of the Monster Ball Tour.
Fanservice - In-universe: "Filthy/Gorgeous" is about a woman (or possibly not) who goes to a sex club and is transformed into a dancer/stripper (with hula hoops). It contains, it is not much of an exaggeration to say, every fetish there is, including pregnancy, toe sex, smoking, armpits, blow-up dolls, leather, vinyl, adult babies, pony play, men kissing, boobs galore, drag queens, the biggest hair in the world, bears...something for everyone. Try guessing the original or true gender of everyone who appears.
In The Style Of - The disco cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb", which got mixed reactions from Floyd fans — while some considered it a butchering of the work, others find that the disco beat fits the song's lyrics pretty well.
Also they covered Kylie Minogue's 'All The Lovers' in a country western style.
Lyrical Dissonance - "I Can't Decide", made famous to geeks everywhere by its use in Doctor Who, is an excellent example. The bouncy, upbeat song's chorus actually starts, "I can't decide whether you should live or die..." and the middle eight describes various methods of murder.
"Intermission" is a vaudevillesque tune cautioning the listener to make something of himself as soon as possible, since "not everyone has lambs to slaughter" and "we were born to die."
"She's My Man" off the same album is arguably an example of this. And "Kiss You Off". And... pretty much every song on that album.
And on their debut album, they did a disco version of "Comfortably Numb". The most disturbing part of the effect is how freakishly right it sounds.
Staying Alive - "I Can't Decide". Oh I could throw you in the lake / Or feed you poisoned birthday cake / I wont deny I'm gonna miss you when you're gone / Oh I could bury you alive / But you might crawl out with a knife / And kill me when I'm sleeping / That's why / I can't decide / Whether you should live or die...
Straight Gay - Babydaddy. Jake seems very mellow too, outside his flamboyant persona.