The line between bands and DJs has been breaking down for years now, but Scissor Sisters’ runaway victory in the DJ/Dance category definitely dissolves the distinction: the New York City band don’t even have a turntablist. (Heck, the new school of club DJs don’t have turntables either.) What they do have are plenty of synths, sequencers, and programming to go along with your basic guitar/bass/drums setup, and a coed duo fronting the whole operation — Jake Shears and Ana Matronic — who aren’t afraid to party hard and naughty. Think Frankie Goes to Hollywood crossed with the B-52’s, the one band they’re most often compared to. But there’s more glam-rock and a bit less kitsch than in the past at work on Ta-Dah (Universal), the 2006 album that proved they could do a hell of a lot more than just cover Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” as a radically reworked disco-ball dance track. No, Scissor Sisters are easily as much a pop band as a dance act. And when you consider that keyboardist/bassist Babydaddy not only produces the whole party, but is also out there doing his own DJ mixes under the Scissor Sisters banner, that’s the icing on the cake.
— Matt Ashare
by MATT ASHARE