Are American Listeners Too Concerned With “Cool”?

The AP’s recent exploration of whether Jake Shears and Ana Matronic’s band of dancing divas could ever have the success States side that they enjoy in Europe was awesome if only for this Babydaddy quip:

People think that you have huge success in one country that that must translate everywhere else. But look at David Hasselhoff.

That sense of humor, along with solid ’70s disco-pop stylings makes the Scissor Sisters a good time for sure. But the fabulosity is admittedly on high with the group, and America just doesn’t seem to wanna bite. The Sisters’ debut was a 2.5 million seller in the UK, the country’s biggest selling record that year; compare that to 300,000 in the US. The trend continued with sales of this year’s Ta-Dah, which debuted at #1 in Britain but a measly #19 here. And NME editor Alex Needham thinks he’s got it figured, calling out US music fans:

In America, rock authenticity is a really important thing, whereas in Britain, there aren’t so many hang-ups like ‘Is it cool to like this?’

We here in cyber-music land obviously know that there’s some truth to American listeners’ preoccupation with the perceived “cool” of the artists they listen to, but is that really what’s to blame with Scissor Sisters? What do you think is the largest obstacle to their success? And is it fair to call out Yanks vis a vis Brits for being too hung-up on “cool”? In closing, we’d just like to say, “Deerhoof and Of Montreal.” ‘Cause they’re cool.