It’s pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We’d like a way to tell the difference (Robert Carroll).

Dec 26, 2008

Milli Vanilli Music Hoax

Many a pop group has lip-synched its way through a concert or television performance. Few, if any, however, have matched the popularity of the 1980s group Milli Vanilli without having contributed to their own albums.

At the end of 1989, a year in which the good-looking European duo reached #1 with three different hits, sold millions of albums, and won the Grammy for Best New Artist, it was leaked to the press that their songs were actually recorded by different singers. Producer Frankie Farian had hired the two men, both appealing and charismatic with their shoulder-length braids and buff bodies, to form the image he thought would bring the music to success. The fact that neither Rob nor Fab was musically talented wasn’t about to deter any of them.

Review music clip "Blame It On The Rain" to get some visual and audio impression:

Milli Vanilli - Blame It On The Rain

Though they initially denied the allegations, Milli Vanilli admitted to the scandal months later. Their Grammy was rescinded and a number of lawsuits were filed against them. Rob and Fab later recorded an album together-for real, this time-but the two were never able to win back the respect of their fans. Rob Pilatus made headlines again in April 1998 when he died after a drug overdose.

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