Years ago during the 80’s a new musical singing group had emerged on the scene. These 2 great looking men wore tight jeans and t-shirts, had an European style look about them and immediately became heartthrobs to a public that “loved them right off the bat.” They had an album that actually sold platinum “six” times and they were the number one artists in the world at one point. What was the problem with this? Answer: It was all “lies.” They were 2 guys simply named “Rob and Fab.” If you remember, the name of “this” particular group was “Milli Vanilli.” Here is the group video of “Blame it on the Rain:”
Hardly anyone talks about these guys anymore. Many feel resentment towards Rob and Fab and actually blame them. The truth is that they only did what they were “told” to do. In an industry where “looks” mattered more than musical content these guys were victimized just as much as the rest of the world for representing a facade for the sake of money. The sad part is that once you heard these guys speak you “automatically knew” that they couldn’t be the same voices on the recordings. After they were exposed, one of them actually committed “accidental suicide.” In today’s musical industry they might actually be considered “cult heroes.” Now “most” of the young talent today lip syncs or auto-tunes some (if not all) of their vocals. They are no more real than Milli Vanilli was back then. Did this story have to play out this way? One thing I am sure of is that the guys would have “wanted” to sing on the tracks (Who wouldn’t?). The reason they couldn’t was because the record company would not allow them to. That wasn’t their fault. These guys were not villains, but rather “pawns” in a very “tainted” industry. The public were the ones looking like fools purchasing something that was not authentic or real. Do you think this is “still happening today?” “Uh huh… you already know…” As long as we support auto tuned acts they will continue to manufacture artists at a rapid pace… They come from the principle that “what you don’t know won’t hurt us…” We deserve better… Talent will always make a difference in my music. Hopefully it will make a difference in yours. The saga of Milli Vanilli should not be forgotten. It let’s us know how far we have come, and how far we yet have to go… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.