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Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday's Flashback

One of the most talented - and one of the undernoticed bands in the US - of the last decade, Scissor Sisters has been scoring mega hits with ease across the pond in the UK and Europe. Fronted by the enormously versatile Jake Shears (real name Jason Sellards), Scissor Sisters has all the appeal of an 80's super group while sounding contemporary at the same time. Why they've never hit like wildfire here in the states baffles most observers, especially being that the group is from Lexington, Kentucky. Some critics think it's because they came along during the ultra conservative Bush era; when nobody was taking chances on anything deemed risky. Others think their appeal is simply too continental to endear them to American audiences. Whatever the reason, the group has a major underground following on the West Coast and in New York City, and their albums regularly delight their fans.

One of their biggest UK/Euro hits, I Don't Feel Like Dancing is a song written by Elton John and released on the group's 2006 album Ta-Da! It was the fourth biggest selling single of that year in Great Britain and the album went double platinum. Here in the US the song only charted at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, but radio's refusal to give it ample airplay only cheated American audiences of the pleasure of this infectious track. One just can't sit still when this one gets cranked up.


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