Casey Spooner- Celebrity history .
While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Casey Spooner met Warren Fischer. They formed the electroclash duo Fischerspooner in 1998, they set out to open minds and expose the masses to worlds of art and performance through synth-heavy dance music. They identified not as a band but as an art collective, introducing themselves to the New York scene with an outsized, glitter-doused glam performance at an East Village Starbucks. Through a hedonistic mesh of new wave and retro electropop, they sought to dismantle the way that people experienced electronic music with animalistic exuberance. They succeeded with their 2001 album “#1,” releasing tracks like “The 15th” and “Emerge,” which became ubiquitous on dancefloors across the globe. Their unbridled flamboyance eventually landed them a spot performing on “Top of the Pops,” a British show consumed by the mainstream.
Spooner met Michael Stipe almost a decade after the artist had formed the pioneering alternative rock band R.E.M. and just before he would release the Grammy-winning single “Losing My Religion,” followed by hits like the somber “Everybody Hurts” and the tribute to comedian Andy Kaufman, “Man on the Moon.” Spooner was a college freshman at the time (more into Grace Jones than R.E.M. in all honesty) and Stipe, a decade older, soon became his first boyfriend. The two have been friends for some three decades now.
It is hard to think of an act that has captured the heady, messy, wild feeling of the early-21st-century downtown New York art scene better than Fischerspooner. Its founders, the front-and-center Casey Spooner and the behind-the-scenes Warren Fischer, revolutionized electronic music, amplifying it to arena-blasting levels while also managing to keep it personal, passionate, and dark. To be alive in Manhattan in 2001 was to be constantly finding yourself in a store, in a friend’s bedroom, or at a party listening to Fischerspooner songs such as “Emerge,” “Sweetness,” or their excellent cover of Wire’s “The 15th”—all from their debut album, #1. For those lucky enough to attend a Fischerspooner concert, with its apocalyptic costumes and Broadway-musical-on-mescaline dance routines, there was also an unmistakable sense of camaraderie, artistry, and improvisation.
They became official collaborators when Stipe stopped by Fischerspooner’s downtown studio in 2014, when the duo was stuck on the last track of their upcoming album. Stipe advised the pair on how to fine-tune it, eventually becoming a producer for the entire body of work. The result is “Sir,” an aggressively open, assertively sexual (Spooner went so far as to insert recordings of sex with a man in Madrid) 13-track album, which will be released next spring. It is previewed by Fischerspooner’s first museum exhibition of the same title, an internet-specific photo-video installation at the MUseum MOderner Kunst in Vienna, Austria in collaboration with the photographer Yuki James. At Stipe’s Chinatown apartment, the two discussed their shared experiences, gay party music, and social media-induced narcissism.
Spooner’s most enthralling work just might be himself. He is his best sculpture, literally and figuratively—he has in the past few years undergone a physical metamorphosis into a muscled hunk (Barry’s Boot Camp and Crossfit), partly to feel more comfortable being naked in his work, and partly because a hard body comes in handy when you’re single and looking for love. “I want to be comfortable with myself, so I have to make that a project,” Spooner said.
Post-breakup, though, he’s also made himself over into something of a romantically rootless artist, one who resists expectations of what a 47-year-old man is supposed to be doing with his life. “Why is aging in homosexuality always tragic, like Death in Venice?” he asked defiantly.
In 2017 he decided to make the Pines home for the summer. His friendly demeanor fit right in as he connected to community. From posing for renowned photographer Tom Bianchi (below) to performing at the Pavilion he involved himself.
I first spotted Casey at Low Tea at the Blue Whale in a vintage Pines T shirt so he immediately stood out. He looked as if he was transported from the 1970’s.
He was friendly, and I watched throughout the summer as he became part of many adventures. He would wave or stop by at friends homes as he became part of the Pines scene.
After an amazing summer he left in October, and now has just released his new song “Top Brasil.”