Song Review: Milli Vanilli – “Blame It on the Rain”

“Blame It on the Rain” was released from Milli Vanilli’s Girl You Know It’s True album, and it went on to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song spent two weeks on top, from November 25-December 2, 1989.

Confession time: I did NOT like Milli Vanilli during their heyday. Maybe it was due to MTV overplaying the “Girl You Know It’s True” video when it came out, but Milli Vanilli annoyed me at the time. I think the choreography in that video turned me off to them. It’s only been within the past 10-15 years or so that I’ve come to better appreciate the singles from the Girl You Know It’s True album; to me, “Blame It on the Rain” is their strongest

About a year after this song hit number one, producer Frank Farian admitted to the press that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan were not the actual singers for Milli Vanilli. Four days later, Milli Vanilli’s Grammy was withdrawn. At this point, their career crashed and burned. In 1997, Farian worked with Pilatus and Morvan to record an album to try to reignite their career; unfortunately, on the eve of the album’s promotional tour, Rob Pilatus was found dead from an alcohol and prescription drug overdose on April 2, 1998.

Listening to the Milli Vanilli material years after the scandal, I realize that the guys who actually did the singing have good voices, and that the material was nowhere near as bad as I had thought when I was a teenager.

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