Last week we did the cabbage patch this week something a little bittersweet.
First this video is hilarious. What is up with the bad acting in the beginning? However, the song is really catchy.
I say this is bittersweet because I felt bad for Fab and Rob after I saw VH1's Behind the Music. I think their profile was the premiere show.
Fabrice "Fab" Morvan was born in Paris the son of an architect and a pharmacist. His grandparents were from Martinique and at 18 he moved to Berlin to model and sing (I know his West Indians parents must have been thrilled! ha). Rob Pilatus was born in Munich. He was adopted by a German family after his parents, an African-American solider stationed in Germany and a local German woman put him up for adoption. He met Fab at at club and they started a group.
The producer of Milli Vanilli had already cut the album but thought the original singers were not hot enough (crazy), so he hired these two young guys. The record exploded beyond anyone's expectations. The more popular the group/CD became the louder the rumblings grew regarding who actually sang on the CD.
If you saw the Behind the Music there was that infamous clip of them "singing" at a concert when the tracks starting skipping. The audience didn't even care. Given that most of the so-called singers at the top of the charts now lip sync in concerts and get a LOT of vocal help when cutting albums, (i.e. Britney etc.) I wonder if the Millii Vanilli scandal happened today would it be such a big deal?
Fab and Rob said they could sing and wanted to. When they pushed to do so on the new album they were recording, the producer went public. Once the truth came out, their Grammy was stripped away, the record label offered refunds and deleted the album and the masters from the roster. The producer tried to create a Milli Vanilli come back without Fab and Rob but it failed.
I saw Fab in my neighborhood a couple times when I lived in L.A. His hair was really short and I had no idea he was so tall. He is tall, dark and VERY handsome. Stunning. He's still singing and his last CD received good reviews. Unfortunately Rob died of an overdose at 32 in Frankfurt. He never quite got it together after the scandal.
I don't know what is going on with the feature film about them. Here is the video. It came out in 1990. Check out the shoulder pads and like the "Every Little Step" video from Bobby Brown we have some spandex going on.
Have a great weekend.