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Scissor Sisters (formed 2001) Scissor Sisters are a New York band, made up of Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy, Del Marquis and Randy Real (who replaced Paddy Boom).

Formation: In 2000, Jake Shears met Babydaddy in Kentucky whilst visiting a friend. They started playing music together, though not successfully. After moving to New York, however they met Ana Matronic at a cabaret. After forming a band and meeting Del Marquis, they started playing gigs. Shears was working as a stripper at the time, as an East Village bar called I.C. Guys.

The band eventually signed to the independent label A Touch of Class and recorded a single 'Electrobix'. The B-side was a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb'. In September 2003, Scissor Sisters were credited as remixers of Blondie's single 'Good Boys'.

After their Pink Floyd cover became popular with London's underground club scene, Scissor Sisters signed to the British label, Polydor.

Music Career: Scissor Sister's debut single, 'Laura', was given a limited release in 2003, noticed by few members of the press, other than New Musical Express and the Channel 4 entertainment programmes, V Graham Norton and Popworld. Later that year. Scissor Sisters' track 'It Can't Come Quickly Enough' was included on the soundtrack to Party Monster.

The band's cover of 'Comfortably Numb' was re-released, reaching number 10 in the UK. Their next single was 'Take Your Mama', which reached number 17 in the UK singles chart. As a result of their success, their debut single 'Laura' was re-released, with greater success than its initial release and was followed by 'Mary' and 'Filthy / Gorgeous'.

The resultant album, Scissor Sisters, was a UK number one album, beating Keane's Hopes and Fears to become the highest selling album in the UK for 2004. In terms of sales, Scissor Sisters sit alongside the likes of Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Dido and Coldplay: notable for their alternative edge in comparison to these contemporaries. The language used on the album resulted in it being banned for Wal-Mart stores in America.

The second album from Wal-Mart was entitled Ta-Dah and it was released in 2006. They previewed a number of sings from the album - including 'Hybrid Man' and 'Paul McCartney' at the Live 8 concert. The track 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin' features Elton John on piano and on co-writing duties. The track was number one in the UK for four weeks.

In 2006, Scissor Sisters also opened for Depeche Mode on their 'Touring the Angel' tour. After their own world tour in 2007, Scissor Sisters started working on their next album, Night Work, They previewed the album in New York, using assumed names such as 'Queef Latina' and 'Debbie's Hairy'. However, few of the tracks previewed here actually made it on to the album. The band also recorded a cover of Roxy Music's 'Do the Strand' for the charity compilation War Child Presents Heroes. Night Work was eventually released in 2010 and 'Fire with Fire' was the lead single. That year, when Scissor Sisters performed at Glastonbury Festival, Kylie Minogue joined them onstage for a live performance. Jake Shears had worked as a producer on Kylie's 2010 album Aphrodite.

Scissor Sisters have been known to count ABBA, Duran Duran and Blondie amongst their biggest influences. Equally, artists such as Lady Gaga, U2, Madonna and Thom Yorke of Radiohead have stated that they are fans of Scissor Sisters.

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Liam Payne Skips Attitude Awards

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Liam Payne is ''gutted'' after being forced to skip the Attitude Awards.

The One Direction star, who was named Sexiest Man of the Year ahead of the star-studded ceremony at Banqueting House in London last night (14.10.15), was expected to be on hand to collect his trophy, but reportedly left organisers in the lurch after claiming he was sick at the last-minute, according to the UK's The Sun newspaper.

The 22-year-old star, who appears on the cover of this month's issue of the gay magazine, didn't explain the reason for his absence, but wrote on Twitter: ''Gutted I can't make the @AttitudeMag awards tonight as I'm sure it's going to be an amazing evening

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ANA MATRONIC - The Attitude Awards 2015 held Banqueting House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th October 2015

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Ana Matronic: 'Michael Jackson Thought He Was Immortal'

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Ana Matronic thinks Michael Jackson was convinced he would ''live forever''.

The Scissor Sisters singer remembers watching a documentary about the singer - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - where he was asked to contemplate death and seemed baffled by the thought there would come a day when he'd no longer be alive.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''There is a documentary from years ago and there is one part that I was really shocked by and it wasn't anything that other people were on to.

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Ana Matronic Praises Sex Robots

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Ana Matronic thinks sex robots would improve people's lives.

The Scissor Sisters singer - who married artist Seth Kirby in 2010 - believes those who struggle to form ''normal'' relationships would benefit hugely from a mechanical lover to give them sexual gratification.

She said: ''I actually think that robots for sexual gratification for people who may not really be able to properly form human relationships - I think this is a positive thing, if they can improve somebody's life, why not?

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Elton John And Jake Shears Teaming Up For New Musical

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The duo previously collaborated on the Scissor Sisters' track I Don't Feel Like Dancin', but now they are attempting to write an entire score for a stage musical.

In an interview with The Advocate, Shears broke the news of their new project, saying, "I write musicals. I'm working on my second musical now with Elton John... I wish I could say (what it is)! We haven't made an official announcement about it, but I'm very excited."

Shears, who is currently making his theatre debut in musical Bent in Los Angeles, previously wrote the score for the musical adaptation of author Armistead Maupin's novels Tales of the City.

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Jake Shears Lands Theatre Acting Debut In Bent Revival

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The singer will join actors Hugo Armstrong, Ray Baker and Matthew Carlson, among others, to star in a revival of Martin Sherman's 1979 drama, about a group of gay men trying to survive persecution in Nazi Germany.

Announcing the news of his casting as Greta on, Shears writes, "I'm so happy to be a part of this incredible revival of Bent directed by Moises Kaufman. Previews start July 15th @ the Mark Taper Forum."

Shears will also compose the music for his character's big song, titled Streets of Berlin, which was written by Sherman.

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Ana Matronic - Scissor Sister Ana Matronic leaves The One Show Eurovision special at BBC studios in central London - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th May 2014

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ANA MATRONIC - Celebrities leaving Riverside Studios after filming 'Celebrity Juice'. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th September 2013

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Picture - Jake Shears And Ana Matronic , Thursday 1st November 2012

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Bono Gave Jake Shears Advice

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Bono gave Jake Shears advice on being a rock star.

The Scissor Sisters frontman thought it was ''surreal'' when he met the U2 rocker at a gig and he proceeded to lecture him on staying grounded in the music industry.

Jake said: ''He did! He came to see us play New York's Museum of Modern Art. There was this art installation, a completely white room with no ceiling so you saw blue sky above you, and my mom, boyfriend and some friends were there.

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Attend The Rekorderlig Winter Pop-up Bar - VIP Opening Night Held At The Boiler House, The Old Truman Brewery

Nick Grimshaw and Scissor Sisters - Nick Grimshaw and members of the band Scissor Sisters Thursday 25th October 2012 attend the Rekorderlig Winter Pop-up Bar - VIP opening night held at The Boiler House, The Old Truman Brewery

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Scissor Sisters Stun Fans With Career Break

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The Scissor Sisters have announced an indefinite hiatus but assured fans they will be back onstage "before you know it".

The I Don't Feel Like Dancin' hitmakers told of their plans to separate as they wrapped up a show at the Roundhouse venue in north London on Wednesday (24Oct12).

Frontman Jake Shears later took to his page to tell followers the split doesn't mean the end of the band.

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Flo Rida Wants To Work With Calvin

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Flo Rida wants to work with Calvin Harris.

The 'Whistle' rapper has had huge hits produced by David Guetta and Axwell, and wants to continue his winning streak by teaming with Calvin, who has been behind tracks for Rihanna, Scissor Sisters, Dizzee Rascal and Cheryl Cole.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: ''I did a remix of a Calvin track off my own back, like a bootleg, and I'm sure his camp must have heard it by now. Hopefully, Calvin will get the message.''

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Elton John Listens To Dance Music

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Elton John listens to Dance music in the shower.

The 'Rocket Man' singer recently enjoyed a successful debut at Ibiza's 123 Rocktonic Festival and admits the genre inspires him in the morning.

He said: ''I've got dance music on most mornings when I'm in the shower.

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Scissor Sisters Help Raise $730,000 For Diabetes Charity

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Scissor Sisters stars Jake Shears and Babydaddy showed their generous side by playing an intimate set at a diabetes fundraiser.

The kind-hearted pop stars performed an acoustic set at the Art Antiques London Party in the Park on Tuesday (12Jun12), helping to raise $730,000 (£460,000) for diabetes charity Jdrf.

Shears says, "We were proud to attend this event to support Jdrf and help raise the profile of type 1 diabetes which is a condition that is close to our hearts as we have a dear friend whose young daughter has type 1. It was a pleasure to play at the event and we wish Jdrf every success in their research work to find the cure."

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