Ana Matronic: Breaking Down the "Kiki"
What would Talking Heads be without Tina Weymouth? Or, think about The B-52s without Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. The same magical combination of music and creative talent applies to the addition of Ana Matronic to Scissor Sisters. Along with Jake Shears, Babydaddy and Del Marquis, Matronic adds her own special spark to the winning sounds of the group.
With her fiery red hair, Ana Matronic writes songs for the foursome, sings lead and harmonies and has the stage presence of a red-hot fireball of fun. Scissor Sisters’ fourth album, Magic Hour is a kaleidoscope of sounds. There are many hot grooves and clever lyrics along with a few songs of reflective thoughts from Jake Shears. Ana Matronic elaborates on the new material, explains the meaning of "kiki" and even does her own fastball impromptu pitch for the wonderfully done Magic Hour.
Hi. Thank you for taking the time, Ana.
Bill! It’s my pleasure.
This album is superfly. It’s really fantastic. Who thought of that lead commercial on the opening page of the Scissor Sisters website? It’s really cheesy but has an "Oh, so cool" 1970s feel. It’s off the hook.
Yeah, we are super into it as well. That commercial was the brainchild between Jake [Shears], along with Amy, who is a woman in our management; who is quite amazing. And Ben Hoffman, Babydaddy’s brother who is a comic writer-Ben is a really ridiculous person. We grew up in that sort of era. We would see those K-Tel commercials... "Hey man. Is that freedom rock? Yeah!" All those good ones and that’s always been an inspiration to us.
I have to tell you, speaking of a crack-up, the song "Let’s Have a Kiki" is tons of fun. Every time I hear it, I laugh or smile and the bongo beat techno is sensational.
That’s good, glad you like it. There’s been a really amazing response to that song. I mean, just the other day, my friend Keith tweeted "let’s have a kiki." He’s a real bloke’s bloke. I don’t think thathe is sitting around looking at a lot of drag-themed techno.
Will you please share the creation of that song?
Yeah, sure, it was actually Jake’s idea. Jake will take apart parts of people’s speech and make songs out of that. It’s sort of the same process that came out of "Filthy Gorgeous," which are the two words in that song that I say the most of all. So, a "kiki" is a term that you hear come out of my mouth a lot. You hear it come out of the mouth of our tour DJ, Sammy Jo, who is and always will be a big influence for us.
A "kiki," means a good time with your friends, basically. It’s a love letter of sorts to all the drag queens who I have ever shared time with and danced with on the stage or dance floor. That is a big number (laughter); I know many, many wonderful drag queens. That’s where I got my start, in the drag scene in San Francisco. It’s also a real love letter to the house party, Jake and I both love to throw a good house party. That conga part in the song we call "the pots and pans," I love that part.