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Thursday, April 08, 2004
Hahahahaha. On the Scissor Sisters:
Live, then, you would hope they'd be smart and funny and subversive and original. Only they aren't. It's a colossal let-down to discover that the Scissor Sisters are not the witty, postmodern dance band of your dreams, but merely a distressingly orthodox party outfit, perfectly suited to this University of East Anglia student union-managed venue. They provide a party, and dancing, but it feels more like a hen night rather than an epiphany.
BECAUSE THE ONLY GOOD MUSIC IS THAT WHICH THREATENS THE SEXUALITY OF RUGBY PLAYERS. God, this is great.
Mark's right to call it a "backlash" here--it's not a critical valuation, it's just a dumb set of preconceptions being broken down. Why would you want a fun band like the Scissor Sisters to turn out to be confrontational and "postmodern"? Oh, right--because then most people wouldn't enjoy them.
Fuck that shit. The Scissor Sisters are great because of, not despite, the fact that they genuinely want everyone to dance and have a good time. That's a rare thing, because they brought the stuffypants hipsters into the tent first, and everyone else follows. Maybe the "subversion" (ugh) they're peddling is not the challenging-heterosexual-norms project the reviewer here seems to want them to engage in (and I always thought achieving gay rights through song was a dream only peddled in off-Broadway plays!), but in challenging the musical norms of their peer group--a more minor project, to be sure, but a more achievable one, too, and a democratizing one. Maybe the trick they perform is in showing that cheesy 70's nights down at the club really are a hell of a lot of fun, and that that's OK.
The funniest thing is how the reviewer likes the Pink Floyd cover best. Of course you do, sweetie.