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More Deception, More Lies and Milli Vanilli..... again
My sister Linda and I have received many PM's from fans asking if we will be a part of the "TRUE" Milli Vanilli Experience. Sadly, the stigma of deception continues. After recording and creating the sound that was #MilliVanilli, not to mention being the most mimed singers in the history of music, ; ), we expected to be a part of any production that referred to "true" or "real" in conjunction with the name Milli Vanilli, especially in today's technological world where everything is validated with the click of a button. But alas, and again, that is not so. The deceit goes back to 1988-1989 when we recorded more than 48 tracks, some that ONLY feature Linda and I and some which were duets like Girl, I'm Gonna Miss You. Those tracks became Milli Vanilli, The Real Milli Vanilli, Try N B, the inspiration for two major motion pictures, a play, thousands of posts on social media, etc and so on and I think you get my drift, and now the "TRUE" Milli Vanilli Experience that yet again, is a farce. It took a global superstar like Oprah Winfrey who felt it was important enough to give Linda and I the platform to tell our story. We insisted that John, Brad, and Charles be included although they initially were not. We felt it was imperative that the truth be told. It took Linda and I a year working with OWNTV to give us the chance we had been waiting for for 25 years. Although John and Brad had already been allowed to take part in the "Real" Milli Vanilli for which they were highly compensated, we were not, thereby making Linda and I the main focal point of our story on "Where Are They Now" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. We wish John all the best in his musical endeavors, however, it's time to stop lying to our fans around the world. They have been lied to long enough.So, to answer your questions, unbelievably, no. We were not included. I guess you can say "Girl, You Know It's NOT True"...... again.
What do you think? Written by Jodie Rocco
SiriusXM's Rachel Brodsky Talks Milli Vanilli w/ former MTV VJ Martha Quinn-Girl, You know It's Not Completely True
I was just reading the interview by Rachel Brodsky of former MTV VJ Martha Quinn on SiriusXM titled "Original VJ Martha Quinn talks ’80s nostalgia, Milli Vanilli + the real reason MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore". Let me first say that I am a SiriusXM subscriber and I listen to 80son8 all the time!
This week Milli Vanilli was included twice in the "Big 40 Countdown". My twin sister Linda and I were part of the original group and we manage @MilliVanilli, our twitter page and www.facebook.com/therealmillivanilli, our Facebook page. Milli Vanilli was recently featured on the OWNTV Network hit show "Where Are They Now". In depth interviews were done with me, my sister Linda, Brad Howell, John Davis and Charles Shaw.
It amazes me how people seem to come out of the woodwork to describe what Milli Vanilli was all about, yet, neither my sister nor I have ever had a conversation with most of them. If you haven't talked to us I can assure you, you don't know the story. Milli Vanilli isn't just about Rob and Fab.
I met Rob Pilatus in the early 80's in Munich at the same club where Frank Farian "discovered" him and Fabrice Morvan. The club, P1, is owned by my friend Michael Kafer and I was there often. Rob danced in my shows occasionally. He wasn't homeless and from what I remember neither was Fabrice and in fact they shared a small apartment. Was it The Ritz? No. Were they struggling? Probably, just like the rest of us trying to make it in the music industry in a very competitive market, Germany being the 2nd largest record market in the world then and the 4th largest today. Frank Farian found two talented but vulnerable young wannabe's searching for fame and fortune. He promised them the moon and they believed him. Rob once said of his relationship with Frank, that he had "sold his soul to the devil". Both he and Fab knew exactly what was expected of them from the beginning. I would imagine it felt good driving a Ferrari, living in the Hollywood Hills, shopping for $30,000 Rolex's and Versace suits and traveling the world. Until Frank cut them off financially.
So, I do agree it was a tragedy of sorts, but mostly because the truth was never promoted even after I went to the press during the first week of November in 1990 and forced Frank’s hand. In an article for People Magazine from December 3, 1990 they wrote, "The pair's German record producer, Frank Farian, fessed up after Pilatus and Morvan insisted they be allowed to use their actual voices for a change on an upcoming record. Instead, he showed them the door, then revealed at a Nov. 14 press conference that he had originally hired the two unemployed male models in 1987 to appear in promotional videos lip-syncing songs he'd already recorded with vocals by three studio musicians." Well, actually 5 studio musicians. So, Frank may not have been at the table at the press conference but he definitely took the hit.
I, on the other hand, was at the table at the press conference when we gave back the Grammy. I gave interviews to Rolling Stone, Stern, CBS News, and many other news sources letting them know that this was a farce from the beginning. Even after we begrudgingly gave back our well-deserved Grammy, Frank was still making promises to the boys and they still believed him. We did too….. for a short time. Especially when he said he had Grammy's for us and had platinum records shipped from Arista Records in New York to our homes.
Yes, it is a fascinating story and it should be told in all its' glory. But Milli Vanilli isn't just about Rob and Fab. It's also about me, my twin sister Linda, Brad Howell, John Davis and Charles Shaw. It's our story too. Written by Jodie Rocco