Saturday, December 22, 2007

I still have an ear infection and can't fly home today : - ( I booked another flight Monday, Xmas eve, and will stay in bed & cross my fingers. This post, like many others, was written over a week ago:


It Begins: Music Countdown 2007

#10 - Scissor Sisters - 'Ta Dah'

Sound: Pastiche of 70s styles, influence of Elton John, Bee Gees, disco.

What's So Special: America's first openly gay (mostly) pop group, with a very gay sensibility. They are pop superstars in Europe, particularly the UK, but only get light airplay here at home. Their second album, Ta-Dah, was even better than their brilliant debut - they avoided sophomore slump.

Favorite Lyrics: 1) "Cities come and cities go just like the old empires / When all you do is change your clothes and call that versatile;" 2) "Life seems so much slower / with your toothbrush by the mirror."

Fun Facts: 1) I saw them live 3 times with Thomas in NY; 2) The entire band took stage names: Jake Shears (as in scissors), his songwriting buddy and production guru, Babydaddy, guitarist Del Marquis, drummer Paddy Boom, and the unusual touch of Ana Matronic, an uber-ironic 'drag queen trapped in a woman's body,' who is Jake's perfect foil for on-stage banter.

Watch Them Sing & Play: Their biggest hit, "I Don't Feel Like Dancing," not only reeks of Elton John influence, it features John himself on keyboards.

and the Sisters' mellower side, 'Land of 1,000 Words...'

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