disco-influenced New York band the Scissor Sisters, that has
enjoyed major success in the United Kingdom, the U.S. market
remains a challenge.
fans are just as musically open-minded as their
British counterparts," front man Jake Shears told trade
publication Billboard. "But the powers that be
in the U.S. may not be as open-minded. Which, to a
degree, will hold us back in the U.S.... Tons of
Americans would love our music, but they don't know we
self-titled debut album was the best-selling album in the
United Kingdom in 2004, moving 500,000 units, according to
the Official U.K. Charts Co. To date, that album has
sold 2.5 million copies in the United Kingdom.
But on the eve of
the September 26 release of the Scissor Sisters'
sophomore album, Ta-Dah (Universal Motown), Shears
and his bandmates--Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del
Marquis, and Paddy Boom--are still trying to
crack the U.S. market.
necessarily be easy. While dance-rock contemporaries like
the Killers and Franz Ferdinand have successfully
entered the American mainstream, Scissor Sisters has
not yet extended its reach beyond its core
constituency: the gay community.
America, the band may simply be too quirky, too
left-of-center, too flamboyant. Or not.
"People have lots
of preconceived notions about us," Shears said. "But
they get over them by hearing us or seeing us live."
will have a few opportunities to do so during the week of
September 25, when Scissor Sisters will appear on ABC's
Dancing With the Stars and NBC's Late Night
With Conan O'Brien, among other TV shows.
A chart-topper in
the United Kingdom and Ireland, Scissor Sisters
went top five on the European Top 100 Albums chart. But in
the United States, the album sold only 283,000 units,
according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared with 3
million for the Killers' Hot Fuss and 1 million
for Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut disc.
The new album's
lead single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," is already
off to a strong start overseas, topping the Official U.K.
Singles Chart after entering at number 4.
label has delivered the single to adult top 40 radio. If
it gains traction there, it will be promoted to mainstream
top 40 radio.
Adult top 40 KIOI
San Francisco program director James Baker believes the
group eventually will break in the United States, but he
doesn't think it will be with "I Don't Feel Like
Dancin'." The song, he said, is "too out of the norm,
too reminiscent of the '70s for soccer moms to relate
"People just need to be exposed to this song--and
our music in general," he said. "They'll get it. People may
look at us and think, 'What a bunch of weirdos.' But
give them time, and they'll see that we're pretty