They�re Gorgeous, You�re Filthy
By Tom Donaghy
Everyone stood around staring at each other for months and months, and then Jake�s body revolted. �We�d been touring for so long that I was still getting adrenaline rushes, which felt like panic attacks. Add to that the anxiety of having a really enormous task of writing our second album. It felt like my stomach was falling out.� The combination was toxic: Jake slid into depression, scaring those around him who were used to Jake as their superpeppy serotonin-saturated ringleader. Papers in the United Kingdom, where the band�s success was most pronounced, recently splashed headlines suggesting that Jake had been suicidal during this period.
�I wasn�t suicidal,� he says. �It was just a really tough period.�
To say the least. He and Babydaddy bounced around the world looking for inspiration, hiding away in friends� houses, driving the people around them a little crazy with their intensity. And right when most of the tracks were completed and the Sisters seemed to be out of the woods, Jake�s best friend, Mary, for whom he wrote the song �Mary,� passed away suddenly after complications from surgery. They�d met on a phone chat line when Jake was 15 and Mary was 21, bonding over a shared fascination with junk culture.
�She looked out for me. I was somehow getting into gay bars, and she would drive an hour to wait in the parking lot until I was ready to go home.�
The two spoke on the phone every day until she died, but Mary never felt confident about their friendship. �She�d struggled with obesity for a long time and didn�t understand why someone she thought was living �a fabulous life� would want to be her friend. I wrote the song to reassure her.� Her death was devastating to Jake as she is the first person he has ever lost.
�Somehow,� says Babydaddy, �we found moments of forgetting and something positive in the struggle. Those moments made this album.� He marvels that early reviews have described the album as a dancey party album because �the process wasn�t a party. A lot of it was finding the light at the end of the tunnel.� The result of all that pressure is a pop diamond.
For more exclusive dish on Scissors Sisters and their new album, Ta-Dah, pick up a copy of the October issue of Out.