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Jake me, I'm yours
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears is a big hit with pop fans – and also, by the looks of things, with readers of Butt magazine.
Stuart Clark, 11 Jan 2007
Talking of excruciating embarrassment, has he been a victim yet of High Definition TV?
“It’s supposed to be a fantasy world, not a medium through which people can see your acne scars. God bless Billy Bob Thornton, but you’ve got to watch the trailer for his new film, School For Scoundrels. I was shocked because the man is literally wearing a cake of make-up on his face. The other person whose career is being threatened by it, of course, is Cameron Diaz. I hate to think how much time she’s having to spend at the dermatologists.”
All of which, in case you’re wondering, is said with nary a hint of bitchiness. If Jake doesn’t mind backtracking for a moment, how’s Elton?
“Good, and still ringing me up every week to tell me about these fabulous records he’s discovered.”
“He was very excited in the spring about the second Delays album, You See Colours, which I have to agree is absolutely fantastic. I also got a ‘Just listen to it, and then we’ll talk’ lecture from him when I said I hadn’t checked Sufjan Stevens out yet. Where new music’s concerned it’s a real challenge keeping up with him.”
What are the records Jake’s been recommending to Elt in return?
“Actually, I need to ring him about the new Joanna Newsom album, which I listened to last night in bed and was blown away by. Another song I absolutely adore is the Snow Patrol one with Martha Wainwright – ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’. There’s this notion that things were better in the '60s or '70s, but this right now is a golden age.”
While over three million copies of their new album, Ta-Dah, reside in European and Australian record collections, Scissor Sisters remain a cult phenomenon at home. What are the Yanks missing that the rest of us get?
“Without wishing to sound like a whining rock star, a lot of it’s to do with radio and the fact that American stations only play artists that fit into pre-defined categories,” Jake proffers. “Apart from San Francisco and Boston where attitudes are more progressive, the only place that ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'’ has gotten substantial airplay, strangely, is Wisconsin. Which is frustrating ‘cause when we play the likes of Atlanta and New Orleans, the crowds go crazy!