When the Scissor Sisters came together in 2001 in New York City, the five musicians were united by a common background.
“I think we all felt like outsiders from very conservative towns,” says Scott “Babydaddy” Hoffman, the group’s chief songwriter with frontman Jake Shears (né Jason Sellards). And in Babydaddy’s case, that town was Lexington, Ky.
“I sort of listened to the same music as the rest of the kids listened to,” he recalls, “but at the same time I knew I was different — a gay Jewish kid growing up in Kentucky. There weren’t many of those, y’know?
“All of us (in the Scissor Sisters) came from similar places. That we all moved to New York was we all made because of our backgrounds. We knew that we weren’t in places that appreciate eccentric qualities. New York was the place we felt accepted and gave us the drive to do something.”
So far that’s resulted in three albums — including last year’s “Night Work” — and collaborations with Elton John and Kylie Minogue. The group, which U2’s Bono once called “the best pop group in the world,” has also proved more popular in the U.K. — where it’s had hits such as “Take Your Mama,” “Mary,” “Filthy/Gorgeous,” “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ ” and a revved up version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” — and Babydaddy, 34, says he and his bandmates would like a little more love from its homeland, but without compromising themselves.
“It’s a little bit in the back of our heads,” he acknowledges, “but the goal isn’t to have what we have over there in the U.S. The goal is to do what we can and do the best we can in the U.S. We just have to go out and play our music and meet people and promote there.
“It was the same way in the U.K. — maybe not a struggle, but it was a lot of work, and we’re willing to do that here, too.”
The Scissor Sisters perform Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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