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Scissor Sisters Biography


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Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Years Active: 2001—present
Genres: Glam Rock, Pop, Disco, Alternative, Electroclash


The Scissor Sisters are an American alternative band formed in 2001. The members consist of vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy, lead guitar/bassist, Del Marquis, and drummer Randy Real (who replaced former drummer Paddy Boom).

Their debut, self-titled album was released on Polydor Records in 2004. It reached #1 on the U.K. Albums chart and was the best-selling album in the U.K. in 2004. Since its release it has gone 7x platinum in the U.K. and in Ireland it has been certified 5x platinum. The album was not as successful in their native U.S., peaking at #102 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Several releases from the album accomplished positions within the Top 20 of the UK Singles chart including, "Laura," their cover of Pink Floyd’s "Comfortably Numb," "Take Your Mama," "Mary" and "Filthy/Gorgeous." “Filthy/Gorgeous” also went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The album won Best International Album at the 2005 Brit Awards.

In 2006, the band released their second studio album, “Ta-Dah,” which proved to be a commercial and critical success and scored the band two consecutive #1 albums in the U.K. as well producing their first #1 single in the U.K. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." Elton John appeared on "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and "Intermission." "Land of a Thousand Words" was released as the second single from the album, peaking at #19 in the U.K. "She's My Man" was the third single released, peaking at #29. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200.

Displaying a shift towards a more club-oriented sound, their third studio album, “Night Work,” was released in 2010 and peaked at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, #4 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and #18 on the Billboard 200. The first single released from the album was "Fire With Fire," which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and was followed by "Any Which Way."