Bill P. Godfrey et al

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I'm angry.

I wrote this piece ages ago in my angry teenager phase. I think I've mellowed since then. Enjoy.

In the music industry, how much phony is too much? When news broke that the voices behind Milli Vanilli were in fact not the people lip syncing on stage, to many people at the time, that was too much phony.

Paying to watch someone lip syncing to thier own voice is fine. Even if that recording has been electronically enhanced, edited, re-taked, adjusted, etc, that's fine. Lip syncing to someone else, well, that's just fraud!

To anyone who did feel conned, and even felt the need to go out and have thier copies crushed by a steamroller, exactly what were you expecting when you bought your copy? Presumably, when you heard the music on your radio on on TV, you liked it enough to go and buy your own copy. Does the music have a lower value now you realise it wasn't a pair of nice young men in dreadlocks but some old fat bloke instead?


  • The question is "what sells the music" ? Do you imagine two hunky dreadlocked men "ah... swoon" and then buy their records, t-shirts and what-have-you as an excuse to buy photographs of them posing around.

    Love is fickle. In this case, it's like dating someone, and after a night of passion they turn to you and pull of what you thought was their face to reveal they are in fact "old man Whithers"


    sour taste in mouth. You have to go and crush everything that might hint you even knew of them, let alone anything else.

    That said, I agree about music. If you like _the song_ then listen to the song whoever's actually singing. Just because the real singer is Gary Brolsma ...

    people are strange

    By Blogger M., At 3:27 PM, August 18, 2005  

  • And I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky bloggers!

    By Anonymous Old man Whithers (Or Bill), At 1:05 PM, August 19, 2005  

  • Maiyahi!

    Who would have thought it? And Mr Whithers - if that is your real name, according the our records you did get away with it for 49 years. And it isn't a punishable thing.

    Now if you didn't keep removing the [insert name of really attractive person you'd really like to "do"]'s mask all the time, no-one would be any the wiser. Especially with your "I'm sorry, I have laryngitis so I'm not going to talk very much" excuse you always use....

    By Anonymous Gary Brolsma [no, actually it's Neil again shhh... I'm not _really_ stealing his identifish], At 2:20 PM, August 19, 2005  

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