SCISSOR SISTERS FACTS:
Members: Ana Matronic, Babydaddy, Del Marquis, Jake Shears, Randy Real
Genre: Alternative, Pop
Hometown: New York City, New York
Awards: 1 Grammy Nomination, 3 BRIT Awards, 2 GLAAD Media Awards
Albums: Scissor Sisters (2004); Ta-Dah (2006); Night Work (2010)
Hits: "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," "Fire With Fire"
Other: Bono called them "the best pop group in the world."
Emerging out of the club scene in New York City, the Scissor Sisters have been one of the most innovative bands of the last 10 years. Deftly blending pop music and disco influences, the band managed to carve out a unique fanbase and have collaborated with numerous famous acts including Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
The Scissor Sisters were founded in 2000 by Jake Shears and Scott Hoffman. Over the next several months, the duo moved to New York and joined forces with Ana Lynch and Derek Gruen to form the foundation of the band. They signed their first record deal in 2002, and later that year released a pair of songs, including a well-received cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Though they had yet to gain any mainstream success, the band was well on its way.
Encouraged by the buzz surrounding their first couple tracks, the Scissor Sisters released their self-titled debut album in 2004. The record was an instant hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number one on the charts, and was the best selling album of that year, and eventually became one of the best selling albums of the decade. Despite achieving only moderate success in the U.S., songs such as "Laura," "Take Your Mama" and "Mary" were all popular.
The band's second album, 2006's Ta-Dah, was another massive hit in the United Kingdom. While the success overseas was not surprising (the record reached the number one spot), the album performed significantly better in the U.S., and managed to break into the top 20 on the Billboard 200 charts. Its popularity in the states was thanks in large part to "I Don't Feel like Dancin'," which was written by Elton John. The song was the band's first number one single, and was a popular dance track in the U.S.
Due to their popularity throughout the world, much of the rest of the decade was spent extensively touring. It was not until 2010 that the Scissor Sisters released their third album, Fire with Fire. Much like their previous works, the album was well received by critics and fans alike, and reached the top spot on the U.S. Independent Album Charts.
With a unique stage show, inventive sound and broad audience, the Scissor Sisters will certainly be around for years to come.