"Call Me Maybe" has nothing on the Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have a Kiki" as the song of this summer, at least for a certain segment of the population. Everywhere you go, some gay person is listening to it or talking about it or listening to it and talking about it or devising a parody to it or hijacking brunch with it or just having a kiki. Anne Hathaway, a noted friend of friends of Dorothy, gushed about it to David Letterman last week. A kiki, as defined by the song is "a party, for calming all your nerves" full of tea and not lacking in shade. You know, gay stuff.
More broadly, it's a laugh. (The ever quotable Dorian Corey in Paris Is Burning: "You get in a smart crack, and everyone laughs and kikis because you've found a flaw and exaggerated it, then you've got a good read going.")
The song, which leaked before the May 28 release of the Scissor Sisters' fourth album Magic Hour, is too ovah to be over and, in fact, is just taking off in terms of popularity, says Billboard, despite it not being officially released as a single:
In the week ending June 24, the track's sales shot up 52% and eclipsed those of the album's current single, "Only the Horses." Since then, "Let's Have a Kiki" has increasingly sold more every week. In the most recent tracking frame (ending July 8), the song moved 2,000 downloads — posting an 18% jump over the previous week.
The mag points to the popularity of the unofficial (although Jake Shears-approved) video above, made by Boston club promoters Videodrome. The video is a blur of gay and camp pop culture references including: Liberace, RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race, Cher, Queen, Donna Summer, Candy Darling, Dressed to Kill, The Boys in the Band, Myra Breckinridge, The Wiz, Boy George, Showgirls, Perfect, The Phantom of Paradise, Cher's workout video, Richard Simmons, Lisztomania, Can't Stop the Music and, of course, The Golden Girls. Like the song, it is a celebration of gay culture and it has been a minute since a real for-us-by-us anthem has crossed over into phenomenon territory (RuPaul's "Supermodel" is the last bona fide one, I think — and that didn't even go Top 40). It hasn't happened yet with "Kiki," but pop culture is primed for it, between the inclusive rhetoric from gay-friendly women like Lady Gaga, P!nk and Katy Perry, and Azelia Banks' conjuring of ball culture and trans iconography (mermaids, hello). This is our moment to kiki as one.