Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Retro Video of the Week: "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a rather sad day in pop history.  On February 4, 1996, former Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was hospitalized after being hit in the head with a baseball bat, after Pilatus attempted to steal the bat-wielder's car in Hollywood.  If only there had been some precipitation, then Pilatus could have blamed it on the rain -- a surprisingly viable defense in sun-drenched southern California.  Instead, Pilatus spent some time in jail in 1996, and then eventually died of an overdose in a Frankfurt, Germany hotel room.  All or nothing, indeed!

Anyway, in honor of Pilatus's downfall, this week's Retro Video of the Week will remember the good times, when Milli Vanilli ruled the world for about a year and a half at the end of the '80s.  "Girl You Know It's True" was the duo's first big single, reaching #2 on the Billboard charts, #1 in Germany, Spain, and Austria, and the Top 5 in another ten countries.  Of course, it was also the song playing at that fateful 1989 concert in Connecticut when the tape skipped, playing "girl you know it's" over and over again, and exposing Milli Vanilli's lip syncing secret.  One thing is for sure:  those badass dance moves aren't fake.

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