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

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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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Originally posted April 13 2010 — 12:39 PM EDT

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