10 years ago, Scissor Sisters debuted with their debut pop/rock album, Scissor Sisters. The name of the band itself is incredibly risqué; ‘scissor sisters’ is slang for a lesbian sexual position. Given the flamboyance as well as the gargantuan amount of energy and enthusiasm exhibited throughout the band’s music, the band name seems to fit. The colorful collective is led by Jake Shears.
Throughout their 13-year career, The New York band has released four albums: Scissor Sisters, Ta-Dah, Night Work, and Magic Hour. The longest gap between albums came between Ta-Dah (2006) and Night Work (2010). Celebrating the band’s 10th anniversary of their debut, what better way than ranking their discography?
4) Magic Hour (2012)
Honestly, the separation between three out of four of Scissor Sisters’ albums is minimal. That said, that separation grows a bit greater when it comes to the band’s latest and arguably least memorable album, Magic Hour. The album isn’t bad (at all), but after the exceptional Night Work that arrived two-years previously, Magic Hour had hard shoes to fill. The best tracks – the sensational John Legend co-write “Baby Come Home” and the irresistible “Let’s Have a Kiki.”
3) Ta-Dah (2006)
Following up one of the best albums of 2004 isn’t easy. Ta-Dah definitely didn’t supersede Scissor Sisters. Even so, it was a solid and enjoyable album filled with notable tracks, led by high-flying “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.” Ta-Dah also featured standouts in “She’s My Man,” “I Can’t Decide,” and “Land of a Thousand Words.” “Land of A Thousand Words” notably rivals the work of Elton John.
2) Night Work (2010)
The album that comes closest to giving Scissor Sisters a run for its money is Scissor Sisters’ third album, Night Work. Night Work doesn’t win that battle obviously, but it was a stacked, fun album by all means. Standouts include “Whole New Way,” “Fire With Fire,” “Any Which Way,” and personal favorite, “Harder You Get.”
With a title like Night Work, it’s a safe bet that Jake Shears and company aren’t playing around. On “Whole New Way,” Shears sings, “I see smoke upon the water, said the sailor to the daughter / well I think I need a rubber tonight.” Later on “Harder You Get,” Shears proclaims, “Hell is my heaven / a loaded weapon / don’t point that thing at me unless you plan to shoot.” If that doesn’t scream sex, what does?
1) Scissor Sisters (2004)
Unsurprising, Scissor Sisters is the band’s best, most consistent, and most important album. This was the album that put them on the map and remains the album to beat. Despite the rest of their discography being strong, none of it eclipses this seminal masterpiece. Elton John’s fingerprints sound as if they are all over this album, even if the legendary singer/songwriter is nowhere involved in this product.
Highlights from Scissor Sisters include opener “Laura,” hella catchy single “Take Your Mama,” an electrified cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” ballad “Mary,” “Tits on the Radio,” and the rocking “Music is the Victim.” Basically, the album is filled with magnificent lyrics and moments. Face it, on what other album would you hear lyrics “You can’t see tits on the radio / I’ll give you five fingers for a one man show…” Nowhere is the answer.
Unapologetic, bold, and ripe, Scissor Sisters is definitely one of the masterpieces of the new millennium. Now, 10 years later, Scissor Sisters still stands the test of time.