Bette Midler Trivia: The Link To Bette And The Scissor Sisters

Mister D: I found this interview with the Scissor Sisters when their new CD “Ta Dah,” was first released. And lo and behold, this little Bette Midler fact came up. It turns out they had recorded a demo of a Bette tune for the CD, but it just didn’t work out. So here is what I found…interesting song choice:

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Scissor Sisters – Ta-Dah Interview
From DJ Ron Slomowicz,
Your Guide to Dance Music / Electronica

Scissor Sisters are redefining pop music with a playful edge; fusing rock, dance, and just about everything else with incredibly well-written songs with hooks that force you to sing along. Baby Daddy teamed up with lead singer Jake Shears to form the nucleus which expanded to include self described “drag queen stuck in a woman’s body” Ana Matronic, drummer Paddy Boom and guitarist Del Marquis

In addition to being international pop stars and domestic cult icons, lead sister Jake Shears is an outspoken advocate of artist and consumer rights, taking on the Transworld Entertainment corporation (fye, Coconuts, Spec’s, Sam Goody, Suncoast, The Wherehouse, et al.) for their high CD prices, an action which has resulted in that corporation refusing to sell the band’s records in any of their stores..


DJ Ron: Was it a conscious choice not to do a cover for this record or did one not just fit the path the album was taking?

Del Marquis: Yes, I think that was, you know, “Comfortably Numb” was kind of born out of naïveté, it was a really early song for the band and it was an experiment in terms of recording and was never meant to be our main song. So we just pushed ourselves to write songs that other people will cover.

Jake Shears: It wasn’t a conscious choice, I mean if we had been inspired to do a cover. We actually did record a cover in a demo form and never took it from there, but we did a demo of a really weird song called “Oh Industry” from the Beaches soundtrack that Bette Midler co-wrote. It’s a really strange song off that movie soundtrack, but that was the only song that we’ve covered in a while.

Mister D: Just to give the other co-write credit, it was: Wendy Waldman

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