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‘Take Your Mama’ out to see The Scissor Sisters

By |2013-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

Contrary to popular belief, 2004 was not the year of the monkey, it was the year of the Scissor Sisters. And if their current success is any indication, the year of the rooster doesn’t have a chance.
Though it may be a stretch to call it world domination, New York’s Scissor Sisters are already huge in England (their debut album is the number one seller on’s UK site) and their popularity is growing in the states with their mix of pop, dance, disco, rock, and pure flair. The Sisters, called “the biggest, gayest band in the world” by The Advocate, are headed to Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Jan. 18.
Being known as a “gay band” has never bothered the group. In fact, it’s been part of their selling point all along.
“That was something we said in the first [record company] meeting: We are a gay band. That’s what we are. Take it or leave it,” bassist-keyboard player Babydaddy said in the Jan. 18 issue of The Advocate.
It seems Americans aren’t nearly as frightened by gays as the 2004 election would lead one to believe. Their Scissor Sisters’ first single “Take Your Mama,” about coming out to your mother at a gay bar, has been all over alternative radio and MTV and they were nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Recording category for “Comfortably Numb,” their absolutely fabulous (and flaming) cover of the Pink Floyd classic.
If you can’t make the show – or even if you can and you just want to relive the night in your living room – pick up the new live concert DVD “We Are Scissor Sisters and So Are You” just released by Universal Music. “We Are the Scissor Sisters” features a recent concert filmed in Brighton at the Brighton Dome and includes a documentary about the roots of the band, starting out in New York’s Electroclash scene.

About the Author:

D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.
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