Fabrice Morvan Tells The Story Of Milli Vanilli In His Own Voice

This week's edition of the podcast put out by the storytelling outfit The Moth features a tale told by Fabrice Morvan, formerly one-half of the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, now recording artist trying to make it on his own. As you might expect, it's a thumbnail sketch of his career, and it's a fascinating, sad story that begins with a recounting of the tense moments leading up to Milli Vanilli's Grammy win, discusses the genesis of their hair and the seductive charms of the music industry, and has Morvan singing a few bars acapella—because even though producer Frank Farian used other voices to craft the (out of print, which is a worse fate than it deserves, "authenticity" issues or no) Girl You Know It's True, both Morvan and his now-deceased bandmate Rob Pilatus wanted to sing. The podcast's available for free download at iTunes and is certainly worth the 14ish minutes of your time, especially if you're thinking of going into the world of dance-pop and have a sorta-sleazy producer wooing you; a few clips from the record, which might be the best-selling album to not be commercially available, after the jump.

"Girl You Know It's True"

"Baby, Don't Forget My Number"

"Blame It On The Rain" (penned by Diane Warren)

[via @KellySkittles]

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Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

Rewatching the "Girl" video for the first time in a long time really backs up Morvan's contention that they didn't deserve to bear the brunt of all the "faker" scorn. I don't mean that the video performance is fake; all music videos are mime performances. I mean almost no one in that video's playing something they recorded! The drummer is "drum-syncing" along with the "Paid in Full" beat, the guitarist is miming a line I don't think is even in the song...except for maybe the keyboardist, no one is actually play-acting anything that had anything to do with the song's creation.

To be fair and argue the other side, Morvan and Pilatus probably received the bulk of the scorn because they'd said such douchey things in interviews about their awesomeness and talent compared to the Beatles and whatnot. However much they were dragooned into Frank Farian's crass experiment, afterward they painted big bullseyes on their foreheads, once the group had broken big.

Still, the shit shoveled onto the two of them was at least three-fourths undeserved. As for the Moth podcast, Morvan didn't say much I didn't already know from Behind the Music and whatnot, but he told his story decently and with a minimum of self-pity. Good on him.

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