Michael Stipe and Casey Spooner can now add “singing the same song” to the list of things they have in common (which, right now includes the occasional, questionable fashion choice and playing benefit shows together).
New York electronic duo Fischerspooner were blessed by "R.E.M.’s Stipe to cover “Fascinating”, a song related to the latter band’s 2001 release Reveal. “Fascinating” appeared only on the initial master of the full-length but remained a fan favorite. The track will be included on Fischerspooner’s new release Entertainment as a bonus track.
Spooner, the man in the beat department of the duo, spoke with Stereogum about Stipe blessing the two to give their own synth-pop spin. “[Stipe called and] said ‘I think this song would be great for you and I think you guys should record it.’ I love the lyrics and I love the melody, and everything about it just seemed right,” said Spooner.
You can listen to the dreamy Fischerspooner version here.