Coachella 2011: Is Bono correct that the Scissor Sisters are 'the best pop group in the world'?
In the week leading up to the Friday kickoff of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Pop & Hiss offers a preview of some of this year's less established or under-appreciated artists.
Who: Scissor Sisters
When: Saturday, April 16
From: New York City
If you've stopped giggling at the innuendo within their moniker long enough to press play on any Scissor Sisters record, you'd know that the New York-based band is all about having a raucous, dirty, sexy, good time -– making them an appropriate fit for the party in the desert.
The New Yorkers defy both genre and gender with their mix of glam rock, disco and pop; you can hear the sounds of Madonna, Queen, ABBA and Duran Duran within the band's DNA.
Though they aren't marquee acts in the States, the Sisters have scooped up some pretty major co-signs in their career, including a collaboration with Elton John (who co-wrote their breakout single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"), their 2004 self-titled debut being named one of the "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die," an opening gig with Lady Gaga on the current leg of her Monster Ball Tour, and Bono deeming them "the best pop group in the world."
Scissor Sisters' live offering is a mash-up of burlesque, a drag show and underground discotheque. Lead man Jake Shears, a former go-go stripper, takes a less-is-more approach with his costume (his outfit during the Los Angeles Monster Ball stop consisted of leather chaps, tiny leather briefs and a chest barring vest -– which hit the floor), so expect him to squeeze in a tan onstage.
Take a peek at their single, "Any Which Way," in which the band is at their dirtiest, danciest best.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Singers Ana Matronic (right) and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters perform onstage at Staples Center on March 28. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images