Pride Month: New Jake Shears Single ‘Do The Television’ is the Exhilarating Anthem We Need Right Now
When Pride celebrations were stifled by the pandemic in 2020, it was not insignificant, as we were still living under the threat of a Trump administration second term, which would have surely further emboldened the virulently anti-gay rhetoric of Vice President Mike Pence and his Republican ilk. But this year Pride Month comes at a time of hopefulness, as the vaccines seem to be working, the world is opening back up…and we have a pair of empathetic grownups running the White House.
We also have a fab new track from that ever lovable Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, who has managed to revive a song idea from twelve years ago, and make it sound utterly of the moment. Indeed, ‘Do The Television’ is just the sort of exuberance we need right now, with its disco-funk grooves, uplifting choruses and Jake’s inspirational plea, “All my children, keep up living in love.” (If we’re being honest, it actually reminds quite a lot of Sparks – which is a very good thing, obviously.)
As Shears reveals, it was originally intended for the Scissors Sisters’ 2010 album Night Work.
“I always really loved elements of the song, and wanted to give it a life,” he explains, “so I decided to re-record it with a brand new chorus. Influenced by both mid-era Bowie and Lionel Richie, its flavor is representative of this new batch of songs I’ve been writing. One of my favorite things about ‘Do The Television’ is its progression from feeling chilly and removed to warmth and abandon – ending in a very different place than where it starts. It’s about language and the loss of meaning, changing symbols, forgotten history and following the loudest voice in the room.”
Never much for sitting still, he’ll also be celebrating Pride later this month with the opening of the new four-story gay nightclub Q – he’s an investor – in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And after sixteen months of lockdown, expect it to be nothing less than the maddest party of 2021.