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modern anthem 012 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

Sometimes when a new band arrives on the scene, their success is partly because they understand the power of knowing their music history. When the Scissor Sisters began their European chart dominance with ‘Take Your Mama’, that much soon became clear to their legions of fans. An unapologetically queer five-piece formed out of the underground electroclash New York music scene, Scissor Sisters emerged at a time when interchangeable indie bands and slick American R&B were the main players on the charts.

Scissor Sisters began as a duo, a collaboration between frontman and writer, Jake Shears, and Babydaddy, who would produce and co-write much of the group’s output. They were two gay men who’d come from conservative parts of the US and, like many gay people, were trying to ‘find themselves’ in New York. Soon Shears met Ana Matronic, another musician on the underground scene, and invited her to join. They recruited guitarist Del Marquis and drummer Paddy Boom and began touring, finding their first success in Europe. (Despite their success here, the band would remain a cult proposition in the US for the duration of their career).

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In this super-hot Sex Issue, we are celebrating sex positivity and body positivity, all of the good stuff, basically. In a host of incredible interviews and opinion pieces, the community speaks about the issues that matter to them. The fabulous Evvol talk about showcasing lesbian eroticism in their work, while a special report details the afterparty scene for gay men. We speak to Mary Shannon, the custodian of the Irish Names Quilt, while iconic photographer Wolfgang Tillmans talks about his latest exhibition. In recognition of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we highlight the activists and volunteers of ACT UP and KnowNow and look at key moments in Ireland's battle against the virus. We also speak to people from across the spectrum of varying relationships about why theirs works for them. We think you'll enjoy this one!