Do we like the Scissor Sisters?

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Jacob (Jacob), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:26 (fifteen years ago) link

what i have heard, yes.

comfortably numb is a classic and this Laura/simone is rockin me too.

jed (jed_e_3), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the songs that Matthew Perpetua posted here. I just heard about them last week.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:36 (fifteen years ago) link

And I think I need more big gay songs in my life.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I like most everything on the album except "Comfortably Numb."

A. I don't like Floyd's original all that much.
B. I hate Bee Gees impersonations.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

C. I Hate Fun

jed (jed_e_3), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:40 (fifteen years ago) link

nah i can understand that completely - i surprise myself by liking it so much.

jed (jed_e_3), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:40 (fifteen years ago) link

comfortably numb is the only thing by them i've liked!

minna (minna), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:41 (fifteen years ago) link

out of two songs

minna (minna), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:41 (fifteen years ago) link

laura (simone) is ok i guess

minna (minna), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

love them.

adam west (adamwest), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I like Laura very much, it is ROMP

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Friday, 7 November 2003 02:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i like them as people, anyway, even though one of them lives below me and wakes me up with diva house at odd hours!

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 7 November 2003 03:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I like them even more now i know they listen to diva house!

Jacob (Jacob), Friday, 7 November 2003 03:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Who would have thought that a song that sounds like an unholy union between Moby's "Honey" and the theme to Thomas The Tank Engine would be so good? Rest of the stuff I've heard sounds extra-good too.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 7 November 2003 04:14 (fifteen years ago) link

anyone heard the paper faces remix of scissor sisters? appropriate remix aka for jacques thin white duke

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 7 November 2003 04:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Is that the one on the b-side of the picture disc?

I love picture discs.

Jacob (Jacob), Friday, 7 November 2003 04:20 (fifteen years ago) link

It might be, I saw Erol Alkan talking about it and thought the name seemed cool.

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 7 November 2003 04:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Their name is too similar to the Scissors Girls. Me get confused!!

dlp9001, Friday, 7 November 2003 05:37 (fifteen years ago) link

They were fun live for 20 minutes. I suspect if I saw them again I'd want to set them on fire.

The singer sported the single worst item of clothing I've ever seen a human wear, ever: a 'Division Bell' Floyd T-shirt, tie-dyed and with the arms cut off. Remarkable. I think it's ironic homo fashion or summat.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Friday, 7 November 2003 10:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I love the Scissor Sisters, they are just so much fun. "Laura (Simone)," "Music Is The Victim," "Electrobix," "Backwoods," "Bicycling With The Devil," and the cover of "Comfortably Numb" all rock my world, and the rest of the songs aren't bad either. Their album is certainly one of the best pop records of the year that I've heard.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I have a new favorite band. "Music Is the Victim" is "Nutbush City Limits" for circuit queens, it's awesome.

Matthew, post more songs, please!

Arthur (Arthur), Sunday, 9 November 2003 05:58 (fifteen years ago) link

biclycling with the devil is great

"i see you defecating
damn you look good
i'd like to take a shit too
but i dont have no anus"

jed (jed_e_3), Sunday, 9 November 2003 15:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Filthy and Gorgeous is fantastic. So is the bit on Electrobix where he shouts 'I've nevah felt so alooone' and it goes all Big and stirring.

Ferg (Ferg), Sunday, 9 November 2003 15:51 (fifteen years ago) link

They're like bizarro Junior Senior!

Sonny A. (Keiko), Sunday, 9 November 2003 20:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Laura is single of the year material, no question. We adore them.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 9 November 2003 20:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I Love the Scissor Sisters! I am a sister and the music is absolutly refreshing! Love Ya Jake Shears!

Windi, Thursday, 20 November 2003 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Revive (again) because I've just read that the actual Scissor Sisters album does NOT include Electrobix, Bicycling With The Devil, or Doctor (I'm Only Seeing Dark) and maybe some others. And the finished album is more guitar-y.

They'd better be putting on some pretty damn good songs in place to make excising those songs, particularly Doctor which is just utterly fabulous, worthwhile at all.

edward o (edwardo), Sunday, 23 November 2003 14:16 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

can we soulseek this album yet ?
i heard the remix (tiga ?) of cmrtbly nmb last nite and it was ace.

piscesboy, Monday, 8 December 2003 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's been on soulseek for a long time now. That's how I got it. I don't think the modified version has been leaked yet, though.

NYC fans should definitely get tickets for their January 10th show at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 8 December 2003 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a 5-track sampler going around. Which obviously, I've not heard but want to.

Laura
Comfortably Numb (no idea what version, though)
Take Your Mama Out
Mary
Tits On The Radio

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 8 December 2003 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

For a limited time, "Take Your Mama Out" will be available on my blog, and "Tits On The Radio" will be on Enthusiastic But Mediocre. Go get 'em, they both rule.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 15 December 2003 00:45 (fifteen years ago) link

They are my lil' bro's new favourite band! What this means I cannot tell you...

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Monday, 15 December 2003 00:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Pisc, I can put this on Ssk for you, send a pm to Ian SPACK. Did you go seeing them at the Roadhouse in Manc a few months back? Sparse crowd but good show.

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Monday, 15 December 2003 00:51 (fifteen years ago) link

They're the best band in the world, people.

Sonny A. (Keiko), Monday, 15 December 2003 01:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Ian, what is the Scissor Sisters stage show like? What songs did they perform?

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 15 December 2003 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Album (apparently) tracklist:

1. Laura
2. Take Your Mama Out
3. Comfortably Numb
4. Mary
5. Lovers In The Backseat
6. Tits On The Radio
7. Filthy & Gorgeous
8. Music Is The Victim
9. Better Luck Next Time
10.It Can't Come Quickly Enough
11.Return To Oz

I have Lovers In The Backseat up on enthusiastic right now. It's good.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 19 December 2003 01:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, so 5 songs from the demo album, 1 track from a soundtrack and 5 new ones. 11 tracks is a teensy bit miserly given that they jettisoned some really good stuff, but.. all of this is just "I know what's better for the artist than the ARTIST" being fuelled by the fact that geminal versions of much of the album have been available for ages, so I'll shut up.

I think they've sort of ruined Music Is The Victim... a bit. They took out the talkie bit in the middle (you know, I'm gonna do the pony.. DAH! DAH! etc) clearly just to annoy me for some reason. On the plus side, the vocals are clearer and bolder, and the groove is tauter and tighter.

Filthy & Gorgeous has been trimmed down, including, again the talkie bit. But I don't mind so much, as the mega camp disco chorus is still gloriously intact (and the backing vocals going "filthy!" and "gorgeous" are still there, thankfully) and the original meandered a bit too much anyway.

It Can't Come Quickly Enough is about a minute longer than the version from the Party Monster soundtrack.

Some very good news is that Return To Oz has been improved immeasurably - much fuller, sharper and clearer, particularly at the end, where it gets all grand. I thought it was one of the weakest songs of the demo album, but its potential is fully realised on the proper version - the benefits of a proper mix, clearly.

Overall it is a bit more guitar-y than you'd have expected, but it's still very good stuff, and I'll be buying it when it comes out, definitely.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 19 December 2003 02:49 (fifteen years ago) link

When is the album due out?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 December 2003 02:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Next year.. 26 January perhaps? (that's a week after Comfortably Numb is released as a single in the UK)

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 19 December 2003 02:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks, Ed.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 December 2003 03:00 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Bravo, Scissors Sisters! Jed, you summed it up when you said

"i surprise myself by liking it so much. "

Indeed!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Monday, 12 January 2004 05:36 (fifteen years ago) link

That Bowery Ballroom show was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. They've got the looks, the starpower, and the songs. If they aren't at least halfway big by the end of 2004, then the world just cruel.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 12 January 2004 15:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Also: A full review (with setlist) of the show, plus an mp3 of "Better Luck Next Time" will be on my blog for a while.

UK ILM folks: go see this band when they tour your country over the next six weeks.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 12 January 2004 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

They were on T4 last week doing "Comfortably numb" which was released in 2002 originally - they have other good stuff they could have played. I get the feeling this record will just keep getting delayed indefinately.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 12 January 2004 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Seeing them in B'ham on the 8th Feb, looking forward to it more now. I hope they do Electrobix though.

Ferrrrrrg (Ferg), Monday, 12 January 2004 22:03 (fifteen years ago) link

I doubt they'll do "Electrobix" - they've kinda gone in a different direction. I was kinda hoping for "Backwoods," but they probably don't do any of the songs from that demo album which didn't make the proper record. Everything they played that wasn't on the forthcoming were b-sides to upcoming singles or new unrecorded songs.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Monday, 12 January 2004 22:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Hurrah hurrah, I am Sheffieldin' them at the leadmill, um, mid-feb sometime. DEAR CHRIST they are nice to look at. Should I anticipate pyrotechnics?

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 12 January 2004 23:02 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw them in Manchester the other month. They were good but it wasn't well-attended. They didn't play Electrobix.

Affectian (Affectian), Monday, 12 January 2004 23:15 (fifteen years ago) link

There probably won't be pyrotechnics, but Jake Shears will likely not wear a shirt.

The dude is BUFF.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:22 (fifteen years ago) link

and quite fancy too.

Porkpie (porkpie), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Fancy benevolent narcissism... that sounds like The Scissor Sisters' raison d'etre!

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 20:02 (fifteen years ago) link

WUV (of self)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 21:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Duh everybody of course "Comfortably Numb" is a disco track (italo disco really, but whatever); ironically the rock-based ATOC Dub is much better (the chorus of the original slips into Idol crap audition realms a bit).

The second half of this record is much better than the first, apart from "Take Your Mama Out" which is fantastic.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 16 September 2004 04:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Are there two completely different versions of this album? I've seen wildly different tracklistings/playlists for some reason.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 September 2004 05:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I realize I said this on my blog a while back (not that any of you necessarily care), but I didn't like Ben Folds when he was straight. The camp frission would seem to be something I'd like (I usually do), but this time it generates a pretty big meh. Maybe I'll come around in six months or something, though.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 16 September 2004 05:58 (fifteen years ago) link

fuck, daily backup ate my post. um I really like the 2002 version of "Filthy/Gorgeous", sort've like something Sylvester might have done if he'd lived a few years longer & great bassline & that women's spoken-word bit & appropriate title; the couple of times I've seen the "Take Your Mama Out" video it seems sweet+sad in a way I can't recall many examples of in chart rock recently (tho r&b has that covered usually).

etc, Thursday, 16 September 2004 06:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Covering Pink Floyd in the style of the late '70s Bee Gees. Didn't the Scissor Sisters get this idea off an old Kenny Everett sketch?

Nothing that the Scissor Sisters have done comes even remotely close to the genius of "Snot Rap."

Donnie Smith The Quiz Kid, Thursday, 16 September 2004 06:52 (fifteen years ago) link

did you used to present top of the pops?

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 16 September 2004 08:24 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost: Are there two completely different versions of this album? I've seen wildly different tracklistings/playlists for some reason.

Yes... there's an unreleased demo version from, erm, late 2002 I think, and the official studio version from this year. The demo versions of "Music Is The Victim" and "Filthy/Gorgeous" are definitely worth hearing (extra spoken-word passages in both, which should have been retained); the demo of "Return To Oz" isn't.

Some of the more whimsical/pervy/electronic tracks on the demo version have never been officially released: seek in particular "Electrobix", "Step Aside For The Man", "Backwoods Discotheque" (not the version which came out as a UK B-side), "Monkey Baby".

Donnie Smith, yr breakin my heart...

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 16 September 2004 08:44 (fifteen years ago) link

"Backwoods Disco" is great.

Alba (Alba), Thursday, 16 September 2004 09:02 (fifteen years ago) link

he couldn't if he tried

xost

the neurotic rassafrassa of harrumph (blueski), Thursday, 16 September 2004 09:02 (fifteen years ago) link

It's a load of old verbals that don't make sense. I get it off the wall at the local gents.

Sid Snot, Thursday, 16 September 2004 11:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Baby, you're not that kind.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 16 September 2004 11:43 (fifteen years ago) link

this is the Sizziziz next single, I am pretty certain

the neurotic rassafrassa of harrumph (blueski), Thursday, 16 September 2004 11:44 (fifteen years ago) link

babydaddy from the scizzors is a jbz fan. I tried to get them as support on the european tour (playing 1000 capacity venues). it almost happened...

nick.K (nick.K), Thursday, 16 September 2004 11:59 (fifteen years ago) link

(xpost)

Not their cover of "Big Six" by Judge Dread, then.

"Little Miss Muffet, sat on her tuffet, her knickers all tattered and torn/It wasn't a spider who sat down beside her/It was Little Boy Blue with the horn," uh huh uh huh, etc.

Sid Snot, Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:00 (fifteen years ago) link

did this band scrub the nu-metal guitar approach? Because when I saw them like 2 years ago that was one of the main things about their sound that annoyed me.
That sounds really really brilliant!!!!!!!! Perhaps they ought to bring them back!!!!!

Mind you, if they did, some of folks here would still be wittering on about how they're just a Big Camp Gay Disco Band!!!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:02 (fifteen years ago) link

The Scissor Sisters would greatly benefit from a welcome improv/glitch input. Perhaps they should get Jim O'Rourke to produce them.

Alice Rage, Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Some of the more whimsical/pervy/electronic tracks on the demo version have never been officially released: seek in particular "Electrobix", "Step Aside For The Man", "Backwoods Discotheque" (not the version which came out as a UK B-side), "Monkey Baby".

Haha, in that case I think I have the demo version and not the official one! I'll double check on that.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Disappointingly, apparently Jake hates "Someone To Touch (How Many Times)" so no chance of it ever surfacing properly.

edward o (edwardo), Thursday, 16 September 2004 12:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I always loved 'Bicycling With The Devil', it's like so stern and melodramatic and it's about not having an asshole.

I thought the b-side version of Backwoods was the same as the one on the demo?

Michael Philip Philip Philip Annoyman (Ferg), Thursday, 16 September 2004 14:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought the "Comfortably Numb" cover was fun but I basically agree with what Tracer said about the originals being pretty unmemorable. I'm not a big Elton John fan though, so musically this isn't my cup of tea. As far as crazy-ass camp whatever goes, I prefer Junior Senior and Electric Six by far (they're more aggro).

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 16 September 2004 14:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Junior Senior? Christ.

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:05 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean, if ever there was an act that deserved gigantic piles of vitriol and scorn, it's Junior Senior.

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:06 (fifteen years ago) link

knock yourself out, nu-Alex.

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I've only heard two songs by them but they basically seem to have all of the irritating, horrifying traits that Kate was attributing to The Scissor Sisters; I've never understood why anyone would like them and sort of assumed you had to be on coke to understand.

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:12 (fifteen years ago) link

that's because you've only heard two songs you big silly

the neurotic rassafrassa of harrumph (blueski), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Granted. They were the singles that everyone was going gaga over, though, and usually if someone cannot win me over with the singles they can't win me over with the album tracks (although they might win me over with the remixes).

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Dan otm about Junior Senior. They were bloody annoying.

I agree with Tim's analysis of the Scissor Sisters as being very chameleonic, it seems that a lot of people are acsribing sets of values to them which are very much applicable to some of their songs, but not to most of their songs.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost: I thought the b-side version of Backwoods was the same as the one on the demo?

They're completely different in every way, except for a few shared lyrics (the "in the sweat set met gettin' freaky with the hot tub jets..." section). The B-side version is called "Backwoods Part II". The demo version is infinitely better.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't think Dan would like Junior Senior truth be told. i find a lot of their tracks have a great 'harking back to 50s/60s in a good way' vibe ala The Avalanches i guess). It's true also that not all Scissor Sisters tracks have the same values/influences but some are more common, even dominant, than others (Reg bleedin Dwight all over the shop, bit of Chicago/Italo disco).

is 'Mary' really the next single? i like Shears voice on that.

the neurotic rassafrassa of harrumph (blueski), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

hate Junior Senior.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

I assumed it was the demo 'Backwoods' one I had. It's 3:43 in length, and has that "I like playin' cards but you mothafuckas best not be playin' poker with my asshole!" sample in the middle. The one on the UK B-side is 4:25. But I thought they were both called 'Backwoods Part ii' - is that wrong? Other people on the web seem to refer to the demo one by that name too.

Alba (Alba), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

(as you all know!)

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

"Mary" is the next single? Jesus, their choice of singles is abysmal... apart from "Laura", I haven't really cared for any of them even though I like the album a lot.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I love "Mary".

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 16 September 2004 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The big Junior Senior song doesn't sound like ANYTHING else on the rest of the album, it even has a different singer!! Of course Ronan probably likes the rest of the album even less because none of the rest of it sounds like disco.

You've Got to Pick Up Every Stitch (tracerhand), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Much as I love "Mary", I agree that there have been some weird singles choices. After "Comfortably Numb", I'd have gone for "Music Is The Victim" and "Filthy/Gorgeous", both of which fairly SCREAM "hit single".

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Friday, 17 September 2004 07:55 (fifteen years ago) link

If they're going to release a slow one, "It Can't Come Quickly Enough" would have seemed obvious, anyway. Anyway, slow ones as singles don't work. "Music Is The Victim" - a new radio edit with Ana's talkie bit reinstated - should have been IT.

It's a bloody shame some of those old demos are gathering dust when something as dull as "Borrowed Time" gets released as a B-side. (Or is it just me who doesn't like that one?)

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 17 September 2004 08:11 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Apparently they are coming to Australia to headline the good vibrations festival. Does anybody know if they are appearing anywhere else in Australia?

Caitlyn Jones, Thursday, 2 December 2004 05:31 (fourteen years ago) link

anyone got the new remix album .. any good or nasty cash-in ?

mark e (mark e), Thursday, 2 December 2004 10:31 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Hey, any news on when the new album comes out? I've been whistling "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" almost constantly since Coachella.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 4 May 2006 01:30 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Don Bluth did a freaking video of theirs!

Probably my favorite song of theirs, too.

i'm shy (Abbott), Saturday, 7 February 2009 00:08 (ten years ago) link

>8 SIZZCORE 4 LIFE 8<

i'm shy (Abbott), Saturday, 7 February 2009 00:08 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

scissor sisters really need to cover tim curry's "i do the rock"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiLNCJdXmX0

a dystopian society awaits if we continue on this path. (contenderizer), Friday, 27 August 2010 04:16 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

Night Work is actually kind of an amazing album.

a no-fault dick to suck. (the table is the table), Friday, 7 January 2011 06:16 (eight years ago) link

Yep. Some discussion here...
scissor sisters are back! back!! back!!!

Dr. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 7 January 2011 06:39 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

I like most everything on the album except "Comfortably Numb."

A. I don't like Floyd's original all that much.
B. I hate Bee Gees impersonations.

― Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, November 6, 2003 9:37 PM (10 years ago)

I was being an a-hole that day. Floyd's original is a great song and I rather like Bee Gees impersonations. Pretty sure these were my feelings at the time, too, so my early days on ILM were full of fake contrarianism.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 June 2014 20:57 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

s & d :: desert sessions is a thread I keep reviving and receiving very little interest, so I'm reaching out to its members' home threads.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 3 October 2019 19:24 (two weeks ago) link


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