The Bee Gees, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Queen, David Bowie, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the B-52s had sex. And not just one-time-for-science sex. They were really into it and did it a couple of times. Nine months later, the Scissor Sisters were born. After spending months on the top of the British singles and album charts, the Scissor Sisters still do not have an album out in the States, but that didnít stop the gay dance disco of a Sisters' show from selling out two nights at the Bowery Ballroom this weekend.
By the time the crew took the stage early Sunday morning, the dancing and stripping was already underway. Busting out tambourines, maracas and cowbells, singers Jake Shears (dressed as a sexed-up Tony Manero, muscles and hip bones proudly on display) and fringe draped, Dusty in Memphis-esque Ana Matronic lead their sisters on and off stage in a dance party of Studio 54 proportions. Like a psychedelic Fleetwood Mac hoe down, the band blasted through the burlesque glam rock tracks from their European release Scissor Sisters not available for house parties Stateside until the end of July.
Even though most of the audience had not yet heard the album in full, there is something amazingly familiar about the Scissor Sistersí music. A riff from a George Michael song? A slow jam that sounds remarkably like an Elton John track? A chorus with vocals that sound like a Bee Gees bastard? Sure, all the influences are proudly worn, but what makes the Scissor Sisters is their commitment to embrace the crazy queens that came before them. Theyíre a little bit rock and a little bit disco. A little bit straight and a little bit (alright, a lot) gay. And unless you were partying with Liza in ë70s New York, theyíre throwing the best dance party youíve ever been to.