Fischerspooner

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Fischerspooner
Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer.jpg
Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresElectronica, electroclash
Years active1998–present
LabelsMinistry of Sound, Dim Mak Records, Capitol Records, Kitsuné Music, International Deejay Gigolo Records
Websitewww.fischerspooner.com
MembersWarren Fischer
Casey Spooner

Fischerspooner is an electroclash duo and performance troupe formed in 1998 in New York City. The name is a combination of the founders' last names, Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner.

Career[edit]

Originally a duo formed by classically trained musician Warren Fischer and video-artist and experimental theater performer Casey Spooner for an impromptu rendition of their makeshift track "Indian Cab Driver" at the Astor Place Starbucks, the group grew to over 20 performers, most of whom are dancers and guest vocalists. "We started as a performance art piece about entertainment that ultimately became legitimate entertainment,"[1] said Casey Spooner, when talking about the group's origins in an April 2009 interview.

#1 (2001)[edit]

Their debut album, #1, has been released on several record labels, including International DJ Gigolo, Ministry of Sound and Capitol Records, and includes their hit singles "Sweetness", "Emerge", and a cover of Wire's "the 15th". In the final months of 2004, Fischerspooner opened up their FS Studios in New York City to the public for a few hours once a week, allowing people to meet the band and production team, as well as preview new video, music and dance projects that they were working on.

Odyssey (2005)[edit]

In 2005, Odyssey, the band's second album, was released. The album featured songs that were more structured and more accurately described as electropop than electroclash. "Odyssey was really about being on Capitol, which was this icon of classic American music, trying to embrace that cliché and find a way to embody it and infiltrate it and take it apart at the same time",[1] says Spooner.

The lead single, "Just Let Go", featuring live drums and guitars, possessed a markedly different sound than those heard on their debut album. "Just Let Go" was featured on season 2, episode 15 of Nip/Tuck; "All We Are" was also featured on the same TV series, in season 3, episode 1. The second single, "Never Win", went on to become the album's biggest hit, and was well received in both clubs and radio. Furthermore, it was also featured in the 2006 Happy Madison movie Grandma's Boy. "A Kick in the Teeth" was rumored to be the album's third, and possibly final, single but was only pressed on 12" that included a remix by Tiefschwarz. This was followed after a duration of silence by a 12" remix of "We Need a War" with a mix by DJ Hell. Other remixes believed to have been done are of "All We Are" and "Get Confused".

After the album's release, Fischerspooner toured a new, more elaborate show in Europe, but the band found themselves without the funds to tour the show fully in North America. "I was incredibly frustrated because I had worked two years on this huge record and I was only able to perform for three months",[1] recalls Spooner, who subsequently retreated to his theatrical roots, joining experimental New York performance ensemble The Wooster Group. During this period, it was unclear whether the band would record together again; and, in May 2007, the band was released from its Capitol Records recording contract.

Entertainment (2009)[edit]

Early European gig recordings of "The Best Revenge" surfaced on the internet during summer 2007. "The Best Revenge" was released on January 14, 2008 with French label Kitsune Music. The track includes a remix package from the likes of Autokratz, Tocadisco, Alex Gopher, The Passions and Tony Senghore. Fischerspooner also released "Danse en France" as a single on the Kitsuné label.

Warren and Casey subsequently began to work on more material for a new album while Casey was performing the role of Ophelia's brother Laertes in The Wooster Group's production of Hamlet (Fischerspooner also contributed two original songs to the production). Released in North America via the band's own label FS Studios on May 4, 2009, Entertainment is their third full-length album and was produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, The Black Keys, The Sounds).

The album's cover was listed on Pitchfork's worst album covers of 2009.

SIR (2018)[edit]

The album SIR, executive-produced and co-written by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Boots, was released on February 16, 2018 on Ultra [2]. The band released the first single "Have Fun Tonight" on June 19, 2017. [3] The song "Top Brazil," was released on January 19, 2018; along with an electro-pop music video which Billboard called, "provocative."[4] NPR interpreted the album as a retrospective collage of Reagan-era queer references framed in an undeniably contemporary style;

"Even the cheapskate metaphor passions in the lyrics, read as physical, often NSFW desires — 'raging motorcycle thoroughbred,' 'not opposed to humiliation,' 'denim on denim,' 'dorsal fins at night in Berlin,' 'Butterscotch Goddam,' 'dark pink Saturday night' — that are dated just enough to seem older and odder. Pairing these with layered synthesizer lines and drum-machines that invoke Reagan-era industrial and EBM reinforces nostalgic notions of sexual danger."[5]

In an interview with the album collaborators, it was said that, "[the album] explores Spooner’s 're-entry into the sexual playground now defined by technology, but also the muddled ways that feelings and self-image are present in that experience' while simultaneously examining the years of 'emotional and sexual turbulence' he experienced with his ex-partner."[6]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Bootleg (self-titled, with PS1 Cover Artwork) (1998)
  • Fischerspooner (2000) – "For Those Who Know" release
  • #1 or Best Album Ever, originally titled Best Album Ever, "International DJ Gigolos" release in 2001, Ministry of Sound release in 2002, Capitol Records reissue with DVD in 2003 - UK #92
  • Odyssey (2005) US #172, UK #110
  • Entertainment (2009)
  • SIR (2018)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7][8]
U.S. Dance
[9]
2001 "Emerge 127 #1 or Best Album Ever
2002 "Emerge" (rerelease) 24 18
"The 15th" 21
2003 "L.A. Song" / "Sweetness"
2005 "Just Let Go" 7 Odyssey
"Never Win" 55 17
"A Kick In The Teeth" / "All We Are"
2006 "We Need A War"
2008 "The Best Revenge" Entertainment
"Danse En France"
2009 "Supply & Demand"
"We Are Electric"
2011 "Infidels Of The World Unite"
2017 "Have fun Tonight" SIR

Music videos[edit]

  • "Emerge" – Original version (2001)
  • "Emerge" – Skin version (2003)
  • "The 15th" (2003)
  • "Sweetness" (2003)
  • "Just Let Go" (2005)
  • "Never Win" (2005)
  • "Never Win" – Mirwais version (2005)
  • "All We Are" (made for a Coca-Cola project by Rex & Tennant) (2006)
  • "Get Confused" (2008)
  • "We Are Electric" (2009)
  • "The Best Revenge" (2011)[10]
  • "Have Fun Tonight" (2017)
  • "Togetherness" (2017)
  • "TopBrazil" (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Casey Spooner: Fischerspooner". SuicideGirls. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  2. ^ https://www.out.com/out-exclusives/2017/9/01/digital-butch-casey-spooners-aggressively-homosexual-pop-music
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 19, 2017). "Fischerspooner Team with Michael Stipe for New Song "Have Fun Tonight"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8095037/fischerspooner-erotic-topbrazil-music-video-bathhouse
  5. ^ https://www.npr.org/2018/02/08/582223907/first-listen-fischerspooner-sir
  6. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/02/fischerspooner-give-a-track-by-track-breakdown-of-their-latest-album-sir-stream/
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK : Adam F.;FYA". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  8. ^ "Fischerspooner". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  9. ^ "Fischerspooner > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  10. ^ Like. "Fischerspooner "The Best Revenge" on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11.

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