They’re toppling the ivory towers of moody indie boys everywhere with their preening and pouting pop. SCISSOR SISTERS are the most fun you can have with your clothes on (or off). Camilla Pia finds out.

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their ['8 tour. .-\l'ter they'ye sil'ted through the adult T-shirts. noyelty goods and leather whips. they‘re oil to haye dinner with bassist Babydaddy's parents. Well. what else would a band who so seamlessly combine tradition and downright debauchery do'.’ This is the .\'Y(' act. alter all. whose big-selling. sell-titled dehut. released earlier this year. has had eyeryone l'rom catchy chorus-loying children to disco queens. the hipster elite and 50-year-old businessmen l'alling for their immaculately attired. camp pop extrayagan/a.

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