Okay, so Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan were just lip-synching the whole time, and they couldn’t sing for crap, and the whole put-on was a horrible scandal which embarrassed the music industry and irreparably damaged the credibility etc. etc. That much I can understand.
I got a question, though…what about the people who were singing? Why is it that, not only have they not gone on to successful music careers, they’ve seemingly vanished off the face of the earth? I can understand Rob and Fab being disgraced (although a bit unfairly, IMHO), but surely the people who were victimized by this scam shouldn’t have to suffer as well.
I mention this because I’ve recently been looking through the videos on www.eurodancehits.com again. Every time I watch these, I can see the perfect confluence of song and dance (which is pretty much what euro dance music is)…and can’t help but wonder why Milli Vanilli not only failed to do the same, it banished everyone into obscurity. The way I see it, the real scandal wasn’t that a couple guys lip-synched (many legit singers have done the same on numerous occasions), it was that someone decided not only that the actual singers (because they weren’t photogenic enough or some garbage) couldn’t be seen, they couldn’t be allowed to exist. A modern euro dance group would find this unthinkable, and no self-respecting singer would ever stand for it. When you see the video, everyone is there, “photogenic” or not. Yes, some of them are just pretty faces, and some of them are, well, just there for the video, but everyone’s part of the operation, and there’s no attempt to block anyone out just because he/she doesn’t look good.
Additionally, look at how most people’s reaction to the scam (without really analyzing why it happened) distorted the direction of the industry. Now it became ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that the person on stage ACTUALLY DID THE SINGING. If they did, and they looked good in the process, it was an almost guaranteed hit…actual singing ability be damned. How else do you explain the popularity of, oh, Britney Spears (my English 100 teacher had a better singing voice)?
I just find it ironic that Rob and Fab could be so thoroughly roasted for not being able to sing, while the same fate hasn’t befallen any number of new artists who really aren’t that much better.
[Footnote: I realize I’ve probably made a gazillion errors in this post. Apologies to anyone who’s offended by this.]