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They locked the doors… They lowered the blinds…
They showed us exactly what we needed…
A fucking good time!!!
This kiki was marvellous!!!

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The quite fantastic Scissor Sisters were back in Glasgow this month playing two sold out gigs at the Barrowlands on Thursday 18th October and Friday 19th October 2012! Having seen the band play in this venue many times, I expected them to be as amazing as always. They didn’t just meet my expectations though… they completely surpassed themselves that Friday night!

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Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy and Del Marquis stormed the stage and had the audience eating out of their hands with every song they played, showcasing tracks from their recent album Magic Hour and fan favourites from Night Work, Ta Dah and Scissor Sisters. The foursome, their additional session musicians and backing dancers & singers have such electrical chemistry that is so tight that it’s hard not to be impressed by their commanding presence on stage.

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Kicking off with Any Which Way, Scissor Sisters made their way through an impressive 18 song set list that did not disappoint at all. With an impressive repertoire behind them to choose from, the band played Keep Your Shoes On, Baby Come Home, Tits On the Radio, Inevitable, Take Your Mama, Paul McCartney, Year of Living Dangerously, Let’s Have A Kiki, Skin This Cat, Fire With Fire, Comfortably Numb, Invisible Light, Shady Love and I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
before an encore of Laura, Only the Horses
and Filthy / Gorgeous.

When Miss Ana Matronic demands that you have a
MUTHAFUCKIN KIKI…
You don’t disagree!!!

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In a world where homogenous pop puppets and muppets dominate the musical consciousness of most people it really is quite refreshing that since their breakthrough in 2004, Scissor Sisters have maintained their pop appeal and transcended into subverting queer culture into the mainstream with their unique brand of irresistible art-trash-glam-pop-rock. Who else could get away with demanding that viewers of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing should lock the doors, lower the blinds and have a Kiki in their living rooms to a band named after a lesbian sex position!

Fabulous, amazing, kikilicious…
Just a few words to describe the gig! Roll on the next time!

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NOW… on a more personal note…

The days leading up to seeing Scissor Sisters saw my inner fanboy come hurtling out of Narnia dragging Emma Strummer, Brandon Paton and John Mullen with me!

Queue my house being turned into the Haus of Kiki with posters, vinyl, CDs, t-shirts, flyers, stickers, badges and a pair of blow up scissor legs!

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Emma, Brandon, John and I are avid twitter kids and we decided to partake in a little bit of ‘let’s tweet to the Scissor Sisters and see what happens since we are going to see them’ twitter activity!

It wasn’t like stalking or harassment might I add! Just a few @’s at Jake and Ana and a few #letshaveakiki’s that were gratefully retweeted by our followers!
Special mention to Maeghan Dunnachie, Kara Watson, Donna Withers, Lauren Holden, Kirsty O’Hara and everyone else!

And by kiki it paid off!

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So off we went on the train to see the Scissor Sisters armed with Absolut Vodka’s finest in some rather classy and fetching plastic bottles. We had to visit some of Glasgow’s finest beverage establishments to sample some mighty fine flavoured vodka, tequila and the rest before heading out to the Barrowlands venue where all sorts of chaos ensued!

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We met some rather lovely lesbians who were amazing!
We don’t know who you are… but you were and are fabulous!

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We all bought some kiki pants as modelled here by John.

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And to top it all off we met the one and only Jake Shears.

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So there we have it!
They came… we saw… we all had a kiki!!!

Inspired by all things kiki…
I present Kiki Mix One!
Just click the image to be taken to my Mixcrate page where you can have a listen to it and download it!

It’s kikilicious!!!
Enjoy!!!

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About johnmcblain

Scottish Musician, Artist & Lecturer! Alumni of University of the West of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Stirling University. My First E.P. released Autumn 2017! Social Media: @johnmcblain

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