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Scissor Sisters Finds Fame Cuts Both Ways

Of the Oakland Press

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New York’s Scissor Sisters dubbed their second album “Ta-Dah” to trumpet the group’s return.

“But not in a big, exclamation point kind of way,” explains drummer Paddy Boom. “We’re not really, like, jumping out of a box and going, ‘TA DAH!’ We’re just sort of saying, ‘Here it is,’ without being super over-joyous and jovial about it.”

Then again, the quintet has some reason to make a little noise for itself.

The Scissor Sisters’ self-titled 2004 debut was a star turn — albeit in the U.K. rather than in the United States. Across the pond, “The Scissors Sisters” was the top-selling album of that year, launching hits such as “Laura,” “Take Your Mama” and a pulsating dance version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” The group wound up winning three Brit Awards in categories honoring international acts.

On these shores, however, the Scissor Sisters — who took their name from a lesbian sex act — are a more modest concern. “Comfortably Numb” made some impact in dance clubs and the group did perform on “Saturday Night Live,” but it’s nothing like Britain — where “Ta-Dah” also hit No. 1 while only making it to No. 19 on the Billboard 200.

It’s an odd dichotomy, but Boom, 28 (real name Patrick Seacor), maintains that “it’s not that big of a deal.”

“It’s nice to have the balance,” he explains. “We go over (to the U.K.) and we’re treated as pop superstars, and we go back to the U.S. and it’s a little more sort of normal.

“We can play club shows in a lot of places in the U.S., and it’s just as fun if not more fun. It’s just the people who want to be there, our hardcore following, instead of having one hit single and filling a 10,000-person arena because they know one song. It sort of brings it back down to its roots.”

Of course, part of the Scissor Sisters’ hardcore following is Elton John, who’s joined the band on stage and also had it entertain as his annual Academy Awards party in Los Angeles. For “Ta-Dah,” John also collaborated with the group to co-write and perform on the first single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.”

“It’s a pretty amazing thrill to have such a legend play with you, but it’s genuine on both sides,” Boom says. “It’s more like a creative combination than a superstar and the rising band. When you strip away the pretense of who he is and who we are, it’s musical minds that just meet, and luckily we had a really good result.”

“Ta-Dah” takes the Scissor Sisters to another musical root as well. The album was released on Universal Motown Records, while its predecessor was only on Universal. It may be a small distinction to some, but Boom says the Scissor Sisters appreciate the historical signifi cance of the new imprint.

“It’s nice to have that association,” he says. “It’s not like we’re doing any kind of Motownish cover songs or anything, but to be associated with that name and that legacy is special.”

The Scissor Sisters and DJ Sammy Jo perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 8) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www. livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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