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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
“You think, ‘Is it just us that’s being ignored?’ and then a really cool band like My Morning Jacket comes along and gets the same treatment. The only person operating out of leftfield that really gets the respect they deserve in the US is Beck. You don’t know where he’s going with his new record until you put it on.”
The same can be said of tracks like ‘Transistor’ and ‘Land Of 1000 Words’ on Ta-Dah, which prove there’s genuine substance behind the Scissor Sisters glitz.
“You’ve got to keep challenging yourself and the audience,” Shears maintains. “‘Transistor’ is heavy, creepy, strange and not at all what you’d call a pop song. It’s also the most fun I’m having on stage at the moment. Short-term you might loose some people, but long-term you’ve artistic credibility and options as to where you’re going to go next.”
Elton’s done more than just freshen up Jake’s record collection, with ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'’ and ‘Intermission’ both going down as John/Shears co-writes. Was it scary rubbing nibs with him?
“Not scary, but nebulous,” he says necessitating a check of the dictionary. “We really didn’t know how we were going to do it. We were blind people fumbling around a room, but we didn’t budge from that table and came up with two songs that were pretty bad, two that are okay and the two on Ta-Dah, which we’re immensely proud of. There’s this amazing book that I’ve read a couple of times and given to the band, The War Of Art, which basically says that there’s no substitute for hard work. ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'’ was actually the last thing we wrote, so it was a progression getting there.”
Spoken like a man who would’ve loved a job in the Brill Building during the ‘60s.
“I have fantasies about the Brill Building and sitting in the booth next to Neil Diamond,” he gushes. “This might sound flippant, but what me and Babydaddy do every day really is punch the clock. Even if you’ve totally got writer’s block, you keep persevering. It’s by turns the most painful, and the most beautiful thing you can do.”