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Girl You Know It’s True…Don’t You?

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A few days before the Grammys, USA Today ran a really intriguing piece on the only living person who can be described as an ex-Grammy winner. I refer, of course, to Fabrice Morvan, one-half of the dance-pop duo Milli Vanilli.

Many hardcore music fans remember the story of Milli Vanilli, the critically-loathed commercial behemoths that scored five consecutive U.S. Top 5 hits and a Best New Arist Grammy before admitting later that year that they didn’t sing a note on the record. The Grammy was famously revoked and Arista deleted their album, Girl You Know It’s True, from the label catalogue. Morvan’s musical partner, Rob Pilatus, died in 1998 of an apparent drug overdose, but Morvan continues as a solo musician and consultant on an in-development biopic of the group.

I really related to some of Morvan’s quotes in the story, notably the irony that many current performers engage in live lip-synching and overuse of vocal effects without the kind of controversy that Milli Vanilli endured. (The fact that Taylor Swift, one of the night’s biggest winners, also gave one of the worst performances of the night really drives that point home.)

But as I read, a question formed in my reissue-addled brain – a question I now ask of you: should a Milli Vanilli film actually happen, in turn reviving awareness of their music, would it be prudent to bring the music out in print?

More thoughts after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 2, 2010 at 16:00