#1 Fischerspooner are obsessed with a style of the '80s: old-wave techno-pop (now called electroclash). Their debut, #1 , has everything one would want from an… #1 Fischerspooner are obsessed with a style of the '80s: old-wave techno-pop (now called electroclash). Their debut, #1 , has everything one would want from an… 2003-02-25 Fischerspooner Electronic
Music Review

No. 1 (2003)

Fischerspooner | TOTAL RECALL The time-warped Fischerspooner
Image credit: Fischer Spooner: Stephane Sednaoui
TOTAL RECALL The time-warped Fischerspooner
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 25, 2003; Lead Performance: Fischerspooner; Genre: Electronic

Fischerspooner are obsessed with a style of the '80s: old-wave techno-pop (now called electroclash). Their debut, #1, has everything one would want from an album recorded in, say, 1982: farty synths and ping-pongy drum machines, a blood-drained singer, synthetic hand claps. It's both impressive (the whooshy ''Emerge'' and a cover of Wire's ''The 15th'') and pointless. Thin songwriting doesn't help either. The new element Fischerspooner bring to the table is kitsch: With their campy costumes and Twyla Tharp-on-X dance troupe, they're as much a performance-art project as a group. The way the band cherishes and mocks its sources says a lot about what distinguishes the '80s renaissance from previous revivals. Everybody may be walking on sunshine, but they're winking all the while.

Originally posted Feb 24, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints