Originally a duo formed by classically trained musician Warren Fischer and video artist and experimental theater performer Casey Spooner, the electro-pop outfit Fischerspooner formed in New York City in 1998. At one point, the group comprised over 20 performers, mostly dancers and guest vocalists; singers have included Cindy Greene, Lizzy Yoder (also of Sweet Thunder), and Korean pop recording artist Mona Trona. Along with vocoders and Giorgio Moroder-inspired electronics, Fischerspooner incorporate multimedia, handmade costumes, dancing, and performance art into their music. By the time of their 2000 eponymous debut, the group was a certifiable sensation in downtown New York City art galleries and clubs. The single "Emerge" topped European charts, invited a six-song remix EP, and won Fischer and Spooner invitations to international fashion, art, and society happenings. The 2002 album #1 was a re-envisioning of their debut with yet another mix of "Emerge," this time more sedate and electro, following the trend of the times. The duo returned in 2005 with second album Odyssey, on which hitmaker Linda Perry, intellectual Susan Sontag, and Madonna producer Mirwais all made appearances.
Following the album's release, Fischerspooner toured Europe but lacked the funds to bring their elaborate show to North America. Three years later, they resurfaced with the Kitsune single "The Best Revenge," the lead track from their 2009 album Entertainment. Released on Fischerspooner's own FS label, it was produced by Jeff Saltzman and featured a collaboration with Ann Magnuson. For much of the 2010s, Fischerspooner was on hiatus. Spooner reunited with Saltzman on his solo debut, 2011's Adult Contemporary, co-directed the 2012 film Dust, and worked with the experimental theater ensemble the Wooster Group, among other projects. Meanwhile, Fischer worked as a director of commercials, music supervisor, and film producer. The pair reunited later in the decade, resurfacing in 2017 with the single "Have Fun Tonight," the first taste of their fourth album, 2018's Sir. An emotional, hedonistic set of songs about being gay in the 2010s, the album was produced by Michael Stipe and Boots, and included contributions from Holly Miranda and Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. ~ Daphne Carr