SCISSORS SISTERS star Jake Shears is thrilled with the flamboyant band's success - because he no longer has to strip for money in gay bars.

The New York outfit's eponymous debut album was the best-selling disc in Britain last year (04), shifting more than 1.5 million copies, which means Shears can finally keep his clothes on when he performs.

He says, "I would take off most of my clothes for tips. Once I started making music it wasn't appropriate any more.

"I realised it was time to sing and put my clothes back on."

13/01/2005 09:28