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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pure pogo-pop pleasure
Dragged kicking and screaming into existence in a Starbucks cafe in downtown
Manhattan a couple of years ago, this 15-strong performance art collective
have come up with an extraordinary blend of eighties excess, modern
production savvy and an uncanny understanding of the essence of
entertainment. The pure pogo-pop pleasure of debut single 'Emerge',...
Published on 1 May 2002

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance
Welcome to the murky world of underground electroclash, Fischerspooner release their much hyped album #1, but can it live up to the hype?
I said underground electroclash which is a bit innaccurate considering F.S have been signed for $2million by Ministry of Sound, and at that price I'd expect they are hoping for some pretty mainstream returns. But even with this...
Published on 5 Aug 2002 by travisfury


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pure pogo-pop pleasure, 1 May 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: #1 (Audio CD)
Dragged kicking and screaming into existence in a Starbucks cafe in downtown
Manhattan a couple of years ago, this 15-strong performance art collective
have come up with an extraordinary blend of eighties excess, modern
production savvy and an uncanny understanding of the essence of
entertainment. The pure pogo-pop pleasure of debut single 'Emerge', all
crazed electro riffs and sloganeering shouting, and the sleazy techno of
'F**ker' demonstrate their doubtless dancefloor potential, but it's their
ability to switch effortlessly to electronic lullabies like the intimate
'Tone Poem' and the aching synth-pop of 'The 15th' that mark them out as
truly special. Simultaneously alien and naggingly familiar, this is what you
always wanted your older brother's records to sound like but they never did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most influential albums of all time?, 23 July 2006
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: #1 (Audio CD)
Fischerspooner were derided after they signed a lucrative record deal with Ministry of Sound, their single of 'The 15th' failing to turn up and they vanished shortly after a collaboration with Kylie (though have since resurfaced below the radar of the pop world). They were written off as the Romo-scene had been a few years earlier - the girl/boy thing disturbing to many since ladrock, dadrock and Britpop. Heck, they were even compared to Sigue Sigue Sputnik - which is just cruel!

But going back to this record and tracks like 'Emerge' and 'Turn On', which had a life in the electroclash scene and you'll find one of the key records of recent years. Fischerspooner nodded back to the NY-scene of the 1980s, but also forwards to some kind of disco-utopia, and back again to electronic folks like Kraftwerk and John Foxx's Ultravox. They shared these qualaties with 'Fever'-Kylie and peers like Ladytron, but really set the tone on the singles collected here for many acts since. The Pet Shop Boys have nodded this way, as has Madonna on her recent 'Confessions from the Dancefloor', while Scissor Sisters could not exist without this (& maybe DFA, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem). Richard X's futurist-80s inflected productions for Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Liberty X et al could not exist and I'd say the 'Spooner influenced the shift from Portishead/Barry Adamson style act Goldfrapp to the sexier, post-Moroder, post-Spooner version that gets people excited. & their cover of Wire's 'The 15th' from the timeless '154' was always superb - one ripe for discovery and one that will enter those lists in a few years time I suspect...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burner, but absolutely essential., 30 April 2003
This review is from: #1 (Audio CD)
This is punk. Forget the hype, Fischerspooner have killed electronic music and revitalised it in one fell swoop. Before this, intelligent electronic music (for the most part) meant pseudo-intellectual bores ripping off dull autechre records and wrapping their dull meandering up in half baked theory, and selling it on to gormless Wire readers with more merzbow records than sense. Not any more, the kids have abandoned abstract electronica for the primal thrills of nu-wave disco punk and trashy electro, music that is intellectually engaging as well as danceable, and this album is at the heart of it.
"Emerge" is one of the finest records of the past 10 years, it happily rips off "blue monday" and "I feel love", but what better records to steal from? The rest of the album is far less immediate, in fact regardless of your thoughts on the band it's confusing on first listen, but with repeated listens you begin to understand. Far from being all style, no substance "Tone Poem" and "The 15th" sound almost naive and brittle.
Essential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 25 Feb 2003
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style, Style, STYLE! Fischerspooner's #1 screams it at you as loud as it can! Forget manufactured pop, boy bands, garage, rnb, cheesy trance or cringeworthy ranting nu metal, THIS is what the music industry needed!
Fischerspooner's 'Emrerge' is now pretty much credited with bringing the ElectroClash revival into the mainstream, alongside groups such as FC Kahuna, Ladytron, Mirwais and Felix Da Housecat (More amazing albums to check out!) To be fair I'm biased cos I love this sort of music. A lot of people can't understand where it comes from - very strange beats, kinda broken up, no real substance....But that's the point!
Emerge is "Blue Monday" for the 'noughties', Invisible is a fantastic start to the album, bringing you right into the mood, followed by The 15th which is haunting and melodic. Tone Poem is quiet and inward-looking, retrospective....
To be honest this album took a while to grow on me (I bought it for Emerge after repeatedly replaying Dave Clarke's World Service) but when it did grow on me, it's genius revealed itself. Incredibly clever and forward looking. That might put people off but if you're a fan of electronica and breaks definitely give this a go!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We'll slide down the surface of things....., 28 Jun 2002
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If Patrick Bateman were to release a record, it would probably sound like this.
Which is to say that fischerspooner's #1 sounds like a musical time capsule from the early 80s and is obsessed with surface and what (if anything) lies beneath it.
On purely musical terms this is a good, but not great, album. The anthemic 'Emerge' and touching 'The 15th' are outstanding and several other tracks bear repeated listening, but others are merely average, and at just nine tracks the album is in danger of being a one trick pony. However, #1 does leave the listener wanting more.
Fischerspooner could become superstars, or merely a footnote in the history of art/pop crossovers. Overexposure in the media could kill them, but anyone who wants to make up their own mind should listen to this record and see them live. There is a lot more humour and emotion here than they are given credit for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "#1" - A Finely-Crafted Masterpiece, 2 May 2003
This review is from: #1 (Audio CD)
It is hard to imagine anything exceeding the creative genius of this album. Every beat, every drum loop, every sound effect seems perfect. The first track, "Sweetness", is a fast, whirling, hypnotic techno rollercoaster ride. The next track, "The 15th", stands out as the album's best song - incredibly relaxing, melodic and quite beautiful. "Emerge", the track most people will recognise, builds-up into a bassy, trippy dancefloor-filler. One of the things I like best about "#1" is that each track builds up your excitment at the start but doesn't let you down. There isn't a single bad song on this album but some other really strong tracks include "Turn On", "*#!@Y?" and "Natural Disaster". This is the best album in my collection and one which I will no doubt be listening to again and again. I truly believe that Darren Fischer and Casey Spooner are two of today's most brilliant musicians. Buy this album - you will not regret it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 May 2002
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This album sounds like a chemically enhanced Giorgio Moroder. There are stompers (Emerge, Horizon, Turn On), and some mellow ones (The 15th, Tone Poem) but after a few listens they are all embedded in you head. #1 is absolutely essential - It will put a big smile on your face every time!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 5 Aug 2002
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Welcome to the murky world of underground electroclash, Fischerspooner release their much hyped album #1, but can it live up to the hype?
I said underground electroclash which is a bit innaccurate considering F.S have been signed for $2million by Ministry of Sound, and at that price I'd expect they are hoping for some pretty mainstream returns. But even with this popular backing, FS can never really be a mainstream pop-dance band. There's something too controversial, too ambitious and eclectic about FS which will probably result in them retreating to their underground roots after the media attention has passed.
In my opinoin FS are just too unpredictable to be a major pop success. For every good song (and there are some superb ones) there is at least one mediocre one that can't live up to the potential. The inventiveness of the album means that it's very hit and miss, and somehow fails to add up to more than the sum of its parts.
So what's good about this record - raucous live shows aside, FS must have done something to justify the hype. Well, the first three tracks are superb. Reminiscent of new order, Sweetness is an example of the finest 80s dance music, The 15th hits you like a breath of fresh air and Emerge completes a trio of stomping dance floor classics. If only the whole album was this good.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Filthy, 22 Mar 2007
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An absolutely amazing album. A filthy, dark and at times unnerving album. Electro at its best. Beautiful melodies and carpets of electronic fuzz that take you away to another planet. I lent this to a mate who made the mistake of listening to it whilst cycling, he lost all concentration and as the bass phased from one ear to the other he lost his balance and nearly fell off. Now thats what I call music.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius, 25 July 2003
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This album is an absolute must for anyone into electronic music - full stop. It just keeps growing on you with each listen and apart from The 15th, Emerge and Sweetness being instant classics the rest of the album is consistently of an extremely high standard. When I first listened to #1 I thought, "What's all the fuss about?” but after initially dismissing it I went back to it a month or so later and ever since then it has been constantly in my CD changer. Being a teenager in the early 80's this has its nostalgic qualities for me, but I don't remember any artist at the time being this good, and the 80's label isn't really fair as it's just down to the synths being used that give it that feel. A classic album that deserves the hype it received, and deserves a place in your CD collection.
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