Scissor Sisters "Invisible Light" Music Video Review

12/20/2010 Posted by Admin

Scissor Sisters "Invisible Light"

Music Video Review

By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover

It would seem that when the Scissor Sisters traded in their patent, hi-NRG disco sound for stylish electro-pop, they also handed in their licenses for fun. Their latest video, for "Invisible Light," finds the former party-masters going trippy, yielding visuals that wouldn't be out of place in a late '60s/early '70s horror film. It begs the question: Do we really need another super serious '80s revivalist outfit right now?

When you do it this well, yes. Jake Shears showing off a newfound vocal range is just one of the many perks of the transition, with the formerly falsetto-obsessed frontman keeping his higher register reserved for the background. Where the Scissor Sisters were once just "fun," they're now cool and detached, sexy even. The video for "Invisible Light" certainly aids in this, with its hybridization of Cronenberg's body horror and Polanski's erotic thrills, leaving plenty of WTF moments grafted permanently onto the viewers' brains.  (To see the uncensored version, click here.)

I don't know exactly what a sexualized stigmata or self-flagellation or carrying a coffin has to do with "Invisible Light" outside of shared religious iconography. I'm even less clear on how pills and unicorns factor into the equation, but who am I to judge when the results are this evocative? What matters is that "Invisible Light" is one of those videos that has to be seen to be believed, undoubtedly prompting plenty of confused e-mail chains at this very moment. It'll bring back memories of that golden era when music videos were works of art, man.

So, in case it wasn't already clear, I'm now wholly behind this transition of Scissor Sisters from glammed out neo-disco outfit to seductive New Romantic harbingers of doom. Sign me up for the pills and unicorns or whatever unholy concoction I have to take to be taken in as one of the flock. Poke holes in my side and cover my face in glitter, I'm sold. And I'd recommend you take a glance and come to the same conclusion. Because this is one party you'll die for.

Watch the clean version of the video below. What do you think?

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