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Featuring a falsetto vocal by Jake Shears, the song became popular in many dance clubs and attracted the attention of major producers, including the British label Polydor, who signed the Scissor Sisters to a contract and soon produced their first album, which included a remixed "Comfortably Numb," which was also issued as a single.

The Polydor version of "Comfortably Numb" was the first of the band's single hits. It reached number 10 on the United Kingdom singles charts. It also received a Grammy nomination in the category "Best Dance Recording."

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The album Sister Scissors climbed to number 1 on the U.K. albums chart and became the best-selling album of 2004 in the United Kingdom.

Six months following its release in the United Kingdom, the album was issued in the United States, where it was not a major hit, selling only 150,000 copies as opposed to ten times that number in the U.K.

Claiming that it contained "a snarling, swaggering attack on conservatism," Walmart refused to sell the album. Despite some pressure from the label, the band declined to produce a "clean" version.

The band's second album, Ta-Dah, was released in September 2006 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The album featured their biggest hit to date, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," which was co-written with Elton John, who performed on piano and who has been a consistent supporter of the group. The song remained no. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for five weeks, and also reached no. 1 on the Euro Hot 100 list and the Australian singles chart.

Ta-Dah also reached the top spot on the U.K. albums chart and was popular in Latin America.

In general, Scissor Sisters' second album is darker and more complex than the first, revealing greater maturity and a kind of world-weariness, the latter perhaps the result of the band members' feeling burnt out by the strains of touring and promoting the group's first album.

Although the band had a successful 2007 world tour, they decided to spend much of 2008 and 2009 in the recording studio. Unfortunately, after working on an album for almost 18 months, they discarded most of the songs because they felt they were not good enough.

Inspired by a visit to Germany and its nightclubs, they began anew on an album they entitled Night Work, which Sellards described as "supersexual and sleazy."

The new album was released in June 2010 and included "Any Which Way" and "Fire with Fire," both of which became instant hits. The album debuted at no. 18 on the Billboard 200 list and at no. 2 on the U.K. album chart. Its cover, featuring Robert Mapplethorpe's striking 1980 photograph of the late ballet dancer Peter Reed's clenched buttocks, also attracted a great deal of comment.

Well received by critics, the album was described by Jim Farber of the New York Daily News as the group's "best written, most confidently performed, and most focused album." He observed that the songs recall the gay pop scene in New York before the advent of AIDS.

Videos and Live Performances

The Scissor Sisters have also released a number of inventive music videos, which rely on special effects and provocative dancing, perhaps the best of which are those of "Take Your Mama," "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," and "Fire with Fire." These videos have proven very popular on YouTube, along with videos of the band's live performances.

Another Scissor Sisters video, which is not on YouTube, has gained a kind of cult following though it is not readily available. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell and filmed in a New York nightclub, it is of "Filthy/Gorgeous," their song about transsexual hookers.

In live performances, as in the music videos, Jake Shears and Ana Matronic are the most striking and flamboyant performers, donning outrageous costumes and dancing with abandon. True to his experience as a former go-go dancer, Shears also frequently dances in near nudity. In contrast, Del Marquis, Paddy Boom, Randy Real, and Babydaddy are more restrained in their presentations.

Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, as the lead singers, garner most of the fan adulation, but all of the band members receive attention. A group of fans, mainly lesbians, drag queens, and heterosexual men, have formed the "Ana Matronic Appreciation Society." In addition, there are groups known as the "Jake Groupies" (consisting of both men and women) and the "Deltoids." Husky, hunky, and bearded Babydaddy, the least flamboyant of the group, is also a sex symbol to many. He has commented that "Jake gets a lot of attention just by virtue of being the lead singer, but when the boys want a little beef, they come to me."

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