Fischerspooner

Creative triumphs, fraught with complications

“We achieved everything we set out to do”

Classically trained musician Warren Fischer and artist/theater performer Casey Spooner cracked the New York music scene wide open when they began performing electroclash music and working as Fischerspooner, an outfit that would expand to include more than a score of performers and become known as much for its theatrical visuals as for its catchy tunes. The duo, former classmates at the renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “burst forth in a ball of glitter” with their 2001 debut, #1, as Suicide Girls radio host Nicole Powers put it; reviewing the band’s 2018 release Sir (produced and co-written by no less than REM frontman Michael Stipe), NPR’s Piotr Orlov wrote that it’s “no stretch” to say that giants like Lady Gaga and Anohni “owe #1’s theatrical vision a huge debt.”