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Watch: Scissor Sisters Video for 'Shady Love'


Scissor Sisters today a video for their untitled forthcoming album. The track, called "Shady Love" and featuring Azealia Banks as alter ego Krystal Pepsy, and marks an aural departure for the queer group, leaning closer to dancehall than the straight-up dance jams with which we've grown familiar.

Nick Levine from NME offers his thoughts:

...There's more to 'Shady Love' than Jake and his cod Latino flow. It's produced by Alex 'Boyz Noise' Ridha and co-written with Azealia 'Cool List' Banks, who's also kind enough to contribute vocals and crafty enough to nab a "vs." credit under the guise of "Krystal Pepsy". Maybe you had to be there?

Anyway, thepoint is that 'Shady Love' pulls off a pretty nifty trick: it sounds like no other Scissor Sisters track, but still sounds unmistakably like Scissor Sisters. Respect.

It borrows from electro, house and disco, winking at both ABBA and Calvin Harris, and it's got some Latin freestyle junk in its trunk. First you'll think "WTF?!" Then you'll think "Hmm…" And finally you'll be too busy shaking your booty like Beyoncé at Glastonbury to think about goddamn anything. If not, you deserve to be locked in a padded cell and forced to listen to Little Mix's 'Cannonball' for all of eternity.

Give "Shady Love" a listen - and a view, via Joe.My.God - AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow!

    That was...banal.


    Posted by: Michael Strangeways | Jan 2, 2012 3:28:33 PM

  2. I'm a huge scissor sisters fan! ... but I have no idea what that was.

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 2, 2012 4:00:22 PM

  3. Didn't make a good first impression...

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 4:04:48 PM

  4. Lady Gaga fans are crazy

    Posted by: Lady Gaga fans are crazy | Jan 2, 2012 4:05:04 PM

  5. Misfire

    Posted by: mike | Jan 2, 2012 4:18:14 PM

  6. I love the Scissor Sisters, but this is like a Cazwell reject. So not good.

    Posted by: Tarc | Jan 2, 2012 4:47:08 PM

  7. Part of it sounds like "My Humps."

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jan 2, 2012 5:07:21 PM

  8. Hopefully, this is not indicative of the rest of the album. Their last one was exceptional.

    Posted by: Abie | Jan 2, 2012 5:14:13 PM

  9. Trendy. Derivative. Monotonous.
    IT'S A HIT!

    But I found it difficult to listen to the entire thing.

    Posted by: sp8ce | Jan 2, 2012 5:15:22 PM

  10. Reminds me of Sparkle Motion from Donnie Darko

    Posted by: me | Jan 2, 2012 5:56:21 PM

  11. I too thought WTF at the beginning but then totally gave in to the song. I love that that the Sisters have refused to simply rehash the first album but choose instead to challenge their fans. I'm a believer.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Jan 2, 2012 6:16:27 PM

  12. Maybe I was just mirroring the cliched audience, but that song did not make me happy.

    Posted by: zeddy | Jan 2, 2012 6:24:56 PM

  13. Made me think of Sparkle Motion from Donnie Darko too. Watched the video waiting for the payoff that never came, and the song wasn't particularly interesting. Bummer.

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 2, 2012 7:04:48 PM

  14. I never thought I'd hate a SS jam, but, my God what was awful.

    Posted by: Lou | Jan 2, 2012 7:05:14 PM

  15. Replace the word Shadey with Sweet, and the chorus sounds exactly like Anita Baker. Anita Baker and LMFAO mashup.

    Listened to it three times and...damn, I hate it. First time the Scissor Sisters have turned me off completely.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jan 2, 2012 7:47:22 PM

  16. sounds a little like Cazwell.....dissappointing.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 8:12:29 PM

  17. That was absolutely awful. There was simply NO redeeming quality about it. The audience in the video looked just as excited as I did.

    I LOVE the Scissor Sisters. That was not anything related to them.

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 2, 2012 9:37:17 PM

  18. Another misfire in the slow descent of the once great Scissor Sisters.

    Posted by: Jason | Jan 2, 2012 10:55:12 PM

  19. AWFUL.

    If it was just actual "singing" then it wouldn't be quite as bad - but as soon as any artist "raps" they lose all credibility.

    Rap is a talentless, disease-ridden corpse that should be banned from existence.

    Posted by: starpeople88 | Jan 2, 2012 11:04:07 PM

  20. That was great! cool video. awesome song.

    Posted by: dcase | Jan 3, 2012 1:33:47 AM

  21. And that video was even worse than the song. I'm embarrassed for them.

    Posted by: Jasun | Jan 3, 2012 2:43:36 AM

  22. I can only assume that the once superhot Jake Shears has a beer gut and can't appear in videos of songs that show he has lost his voice as well.

    Posted by: Esurb | Jan 3, 2012 6:41:52 AM

  23. Aggh! After there phenomenal previous album, this is the first time I've not jived with their output. Let's hope it's not indicative of the entire album's trajectory.

    Posted by: Tonic | Jan 3, 2012 8:38:17 AM

  24. this is kiddy porn. I love Scissor Sisters and raised my kids on 'em. But this video is just plain wrong. Did you run this by your lawyers before publishing it?

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 3, 2012 9:23:57 AM

  25. @Bob: How is this kiddy porn? I guess children's beauty pageants and dance troupes are porn too.

    Posted by: TyN | Jan 3, 2012 10:24:56 AM

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