Why is Sir Ian McKellen muttering about 'sexual gladiators' on the new Scissor Sisters single?

Scissor-SistersImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosThe world gets a little less festive, a little less fun, with each passing year that does not bring a new Scissor Sisters album. But don’t fret! The glam-pop troupe officially announced today that Night Work, their follow-up to 2006’s sterling Ta-Dah, will arrive June 29. Even better: For today only, brand-new track “Invisible Light” is streaming from Scissor Sisters’ official site.

“Invisible Light” is a throbbing disco jam that will thrill most Scissor Sisters fans. Jake Shears is in fine vocal form, splitting the difference between Dave Gahan and Barry Gibb. The best part of the song by far, though, is Sir Ian McKellen‘s spoken-word interlude. Trust me, you’ll want to stick around til the end of the stream to hear this. The band’s rep confirms that’s the noted English thespian narrating a decadent scene in which (if I caught all his words correctly) “painted whores, sexual gladiators, fiercely old party children all wake from their slumber to debut the bacchanal.” McKellen delivers these lines in basically the same tone as Gandalf used on the flame of Udûn down in Moria that time. It is awesome.

Check out “Invisible Light” at scissorsisters.com, then let us know if you’re looking forward to Night Work like I am. Full tracklist after the jump.

Night Work track list:
“Night Work”
“Whole New Way”
“Fire With Fire”
“Any Which Way”
“Harder You Get”
“Running Out”
“Something Like This”
“Skin This Cat”
“Skin Tight”
“Sex and Violence”
“Night Life”
“Invisible Light”

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  • DW

    I really love the first Scissor Sisters album, but the second wasn’t nearly as good. I hope this new one is a step in the right direction.

  • Ed

    I loved both of Scissor Sisters albums. I wish they were more popular here in the States. I’d so rather hear their songs on the radio than most of the crap played.

    • derek

      I absolutely agree, Ed. Both albums are amazing!

    • tvgirl48

      Agree too. If only other Americans loved this music as much as we do. I thought both albums were fantastic. The Scissor Sisters make life more fabulous.

      • Nate

        Another American who loves Sissor Sisters!

  • AM

    Hooray! A new album can only mean one thing… a new opportunity to see their fabulosity live! I can’t wait!!

  • Chichi

    Aw ish, sounds like this skank has her song of the summer.

  • crispy

    That is like a gay circuit version of “Thriller” and I love every freaking second of it.

  • h3ff

    Hot Hot Hot. Can’t wait to get my grubby hands on this piece of Work!

  • Celimene

    *happydance* Our Sisters are back! Interesting that there seems to be an 80s revival going on with some of my favorite bands – Goldfrapp’s gone this direction as well. No complaints, though! Bring on the tour!

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    • Matt

      That’s an album cover that’s guaranteed to get the bois to buy that record.

    • Maserda

      Question is: thong or no thong?

  • Clint M

    LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE IT!!! the 2nd album didn’t make me jump too hard up and down but I’m totally diggin this new song and hoping for something amazing!!


    Babylon, where bricks of mortared diamonds and power. Sailors lust and swagger blazing in the moons beam. Whose laser gaze penetrates the sparkling theatre of excess and strobed lights. Painted whores, sexual gladiators, fiercely old party children all wake from their slumber to debut the bacchanal. Come to the light, into the light, the invisible light.

  • Shelby Coman

    Makes me think of Giorgio Moroder… good song! Can’t wait to hear the rest!!

  • izikavazo

    Finally!! So exciting.

  • Jean Genie

    They really disappeared for a while … good to hear from them again!

  • Jeff

    Love them, but this song never really takes off – a would-be opus that isn’t. Also, Sir Ian McKellen’s spoken vocal is a direct rip-off of Sian Phillips at the end of Rufus Wainwright’s “Between My Legs”.

    • MIn

      I thought the same thing re Between My Legs when I heard this too.

    • Soundstory

      It sounds more like Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s remix of Welcome to the Pleasuredome rather than Rufus Wainwright’s “Between My Legs”.

      In fact this track is VERY Relax

  • LaShawna

    Hell yeah I am looking forward to the new Scissor Sisters album! It has been far too long since Ta-Dah. I got to see them perform many of their new songs in NYC last month and now there is finally a release date!!! :)

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