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)