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Milli Vanilli

Who DOESN'T Lip-Sync

These Days?

4/17/2012 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Fabrice Morvan -- better known as one half of duo Milli Vanilli -- tells TMZ ... he's sort of a trailblazer ... because nowadays almost EVERYBODY in pop music lip-syncs their songs.

Fab was leaving Le Pain Quotidien bakery in L.A. yesterday ... when we asked about his infamous phony vocals scandal in 1990 ... when it was revealed neither he nor Rob Pilatus actually sang any of the hits on their album, "Girl You Know It's True."

Fab tells TMZ, "There is no difference between what I did back then and what people are doing now."

He explains, "If you wanna break it down, people might say, 'Well you didn't sing' ... but the fact of the matter is ... now the machines are doing it."

Fab says technology like Auto-Tune allows singers to completely change their voice ... duping fans into believing they can sing ... when, in fact, they can't.

"I ain't pointing the finger, but if you're doing all this and you're not performing the song live ... then you're not doing anything different from what I did."

In case you forgot, check out Milli Vanilli's biggest hit, "Blame It On the Rain." It was later revealed the real vocals were provided by several other people.

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61.

loe    

These singers are lip syncing their own voice, you were not. So don't try to justify your fault. It just doesnt help one bit. Sing something for real and see if you are really talented or just all talk.

888 days ago
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PolarBear    

I disagree. We all know that recording studios can chop up vocals and change the tone and pitch, dub them back in as harmonies and do all sorts of synthesizer tricks with them. However, the crime of Milli Vanilli was that they sold themselves as one thing and used completely different people as the audio. It's a swindle.

888 days ago
63.

Truth    

THE TRUTH IS FAB AND ROB WANTED TO SING THE LYRICS BUT BEHIND THE SCENES F*CKING DRAMA AND THEIR D*CKWAD PRODUCER/MANAGER FARIAN AT THE TIME SAID THEY HAD THE MARKETABLE IMAGE BUT NOT THE VOCALS HE WANTED FROM THE ORIGINAL SINGERS. THE ORIGINAL SINGERS WERE FUGLY BUT HAD THE VOCALS SO THEY DID THE SWITCHEROO. REST IS HISTORY. FAULT IS WITH FARIAN NOT FAB AND ROB WHO WERE HIRED TO DO THE JOB. #TRUTH!!

888 days ago
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minnietx    

They were treated terrible when this story came out. The bottom line they sung a song/or didn't sing a song....people still loved it and bought the CD, you hear with your ears and not your eyes, big deal, no different than what is going on now. THey were treated as if they had killed someone...so ridicuous...RIP Rob...

887 days ago
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Phoenix Turley     

no, not everyone lip syncs, I'll give you two examples:
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Me: Lead singer/songwriter for Blue Phoenix Radio... (unknown, sure) none of my friends lip sync or use autotune. It's a point of artistic pride to sound fing awesome for real. Nothing can take that away. Music is work/vocation/profession. And real musicians still do it for real. End of statement.

887 days ago
66.

Phoenix Turley     

no, not everyone lip syncs, I'll give you two examples:
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Me: Lead singer/songwriter for Blue Phoenix Radio... (unknown, sure) none of my friends lip sync or use autotune. It's a point of artistic pride to sound fing awesome for real. Nothing can take that away. Music is work/vocation/profession. And real musicians still do it for real. End of statement.

887 days ago
67.

Louise    

To be vindicated they would have to have been lip sync'n there own song and unfortuately they weren't. But I will always love them and their "songs"

887 days ago
68.

puhleez    

Whatevs the entire music industry is a swindle! Fake from the core. I still have my MV cd. bah bbbah, bah bbbah BAYBEH!!!

887 days ago
69.

Silverado Mom    

Reading all the stuff from Bandstand Dick Clark days reminded me that EVERY act was lip syncing. And I really could care less about an act that had great looking guys who danced around and used someone else's voices. The act itself was entertaining and good. I enjoyed it. It was a new concept, and if it was done more openly I think it might've been received much more warmly.

887 days ago
70.

sandralynn richter    

Fab morvan is hot he should record all the old songs and make them his.show the haters you can sing always cold.you got the voice.the moves and your so damm handsome.do it for your fans do it for Rob show them all !!!!!!!

581 days ago
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Consciencious    

Fav does sing and his voice sounds sweet and beautiful but back then they were young and actually homeless when they signed a contract that only allowed them to show their apereance and were locked out of singing. Their producer broke the news only after this guys tried to force him into allowng them to SING. The devil is that way, first he tricked them then he enslaved them then he accused them.

247 days ago
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Consciencious    

Rob and Fav did know how to sing but their producer locked them out of their voices with a contract in a language they did not understand. They were homeless when they signed it. The y would have not been discovered except they tried to fight their producer and he backfired exposing them. They were fighting their producer in order to be allowed to sing . You go Fav I love you true voice.

246 days ago
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