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21st Jun '16 12:45:48 AM gewunomox
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* Probably the most infamous example of this is the MilliVanilli scandal; the actual singers were great, but middle-aged and not good-looking.

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* Probably the most infamous example of this is the MilliVanilli Music/MilliVanilli scandal; the actual singers were great, but middle-aged and not good-looking.



** There were actually several deeper meanings, one of which was that the meaning was lost on the audience. Pink Floyd was[[note]]until roughly 1987, when they started touring and recording again after a hiatus[[/note]] widely regarded as one of the most "Faceless" bands in rock history; nobody had any clue what they looked like (they just pictured prisms and guys shaking hands while engulfed in flames). Members of the band have since stated that they felt like they could have [[MilliVanilli hired a different band to tour for them]], and none would be the wiser.

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** There were actually several deeper meanings, one of which was that the meaning was lost on the audience. Pink Floyd was[[note]]until roughly 1987, when they started touring and recording again after a hiatus[[/note]] widely regarded as one of the most "Faceless" bands in rock history; nobody had any clue what they looked like (they just pictured prisms and guys shaking hands while engulfed in flames). Members of the band have since stated that they felt like they could have [[MilliVanilli [[Music/MilliVanilli hired a different band to tour for them]], and none would be the wiser.
16th May '16 11:19:05 PM erforce
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* Music/{{KoRN}}'s video for "Twisted Transistor" replaces the actual band members (Jonathan Davis, Fieldy, David Silveria, and Munky) with four famous rappers (LilJon, Xzibit, David Banner, and SnoopDogg, respectively) for a ''ThisIsSpinalTap''-style mockumentary. The actual musicians only appear at the end of the video as music company executives.

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* Music/{{KoRN}}'s video for "Twisted Transistor" replaces the actual band members (Jonathan Davis, Fieldy, David Silveria, and Munky) with four famous rappers (LilJon, Xzibit, David Banner, and SnoopDogg, respectively) for a ''ThisIsSpinalTap''-style ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''-style mockumentary. The actual musicians only appear at the end of the video as music company executives.
16th May '16 7:31:03 PM heighty
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** The music video for I Really Like You by Music/{{Carly Rae Jepsen}} features Tom Hanks lip-syncing the words while Jepsen sings. She does appear in the video, though, but only far after the beginning and mostly in crowd scenes.
3rd May '16 2:22:11 PM aye_amber
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* A somewhat extreme inversion of this trope is the {{Nine Inch Nails}} video for ''Into The Void'', which consisted for the most part of extreme close-ups of frontman Trent Reznor's face, hair, eyes, and skin.

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* A somewhat extreme inversion of this trope is the {{Nine Inch Nails}} Music/NineInchNails video for ''Into The Void'', "Into the Void," which consisted for the most part of extreme close-ups of frontman Trent Reznor's face, hair, eyes, and skin.
24th Apr '16 1:13:44 AM aye_amber
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** A similar effect occurs in the video for {{Radiohead}}'s "High and Dry." It's set in a roadside diner in the Southwest US, and while the band does appear, all the lip-syncing is done by actors playing other customers and staff.

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** A similar effect occurs in the video for {{Radiohead}}'s Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "High and Dry." It's set in a roadside diner in the Southwest US, and while the band does appear, all the lip-syncing is done by actors playing other customers and staff.
9th Mar '16 1:18:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied by the video for Music/BluesTraveler's "Runaround". It starts out seeming like a straight example, with a group of actors miming the song instead of the band (most noticeably, a young, thin [[CountingCrows Adam Duritz]] lookalike is standing in for John Popper). However, the whole music video is ultimately a parody of this trope, complete with references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in which a Dorothy stand-in and her companions discover that the band performing the song is miming and lip-synching and [[TheManBehindTheCurtain the real band is playing from behind a curtain]], and they are eventually revealed.

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* Parodied by the video for Music/BluesTraveler's "Runaround". It starts out seeming like a straight example, with a group of actors miming the song instead of the band (most noticeably, a young, thin [[CountingCrows [[Music/CountingCrows Adam Duritz]] lookalike is standing in for John Popper). However, the whole music video is ultimately a parody of this trope, complete with references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in which a Dorothy stand-in and her companions discover that the band performing the song is miming and lip-synching and [[TheManBehindTheCurtain the real band is playing from behind a curtain]], and they are eventually revealed.
21st Jan '16 1:43:23 PM Prfnoff
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** C+C's record label tried to refute the charges by having Davis perform the song live (most notably on "The Aresenio Hall Show"). [[NotHelpingYourCase It backfired spectacularly]]: Davis' thin, reedy voice sounded nothing like the voice on the song, strengthening Wash's case that much more.

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** C+C's record label tried to refute the charges by having Davis perform the song live (most notably on "The Aresenio Hall Show").''Series/TheArsenioHallShow''). [[NotHelpingYourCase It backfired spectacularly]]: Davis' thin, reedy voice sounded nothing like the voice on the song, strengthening Wash's case that much more.
15th Nov '15 10:44:25 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a video of "Yummy Yummy Yummy" performed on a ''Top of the Pops''-style set by Jackie Charlton and the Tonettes. The band members are implied to be hidden inside packing crates, which the camera dramatically pans around as if it were a PerformanceVideo.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a video of "Yummy Yummy Yummy" performed on a ''Top of the Pops''-style ''Series/TopOfThePops''-style set by Jackie Charlton and the Tonettes. The band members are implied to be hidden inside packing crates, which the camera dramatically pans around as if it were a PerformanceVideo.



* Music/MumfordAndSons' video for "Hopeless Wanderer" ''looks'' like a typical "band performing the song in an appropriate natural setting" video at first glance, but either their backs are to the camera, or their faces are blurred out by lens flare and other techniques. Eventually, it becomes apparent that comic actors Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, and Will Forte are standing in for the actual band members, make the video a form of SelfDeprecation on the band's part as they proceed to [[LargeHam ham it up]] by getting a little ''too'' into their emotional performance of the song.

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* Music/MumfordAndSons' video for "Hopeless Wanderer" ''looks'' like a typical "band performing the song in an appropriate natural setting" video at first glance, but either their backs are to the camera, or their faces are blurred out by lens flare and other techniques. Eventually, it becomes apparent that comic actors Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, Creator/JasonSudeikis, Creator/EdHelms, Creator/JasonBateman, and Will Forte Creator/WillForte are standing in for the actual band members, make the video a form of SelfDeprecation on the band's part as they proceed to [[LargeHam ham it up]] by getting a little ''too'' into their emotional performance of the song.
12th Nov '15 5:04:46 PM nombretomado
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* Although EltonJohn is normally very visible in his videos, and is overall very performance-oriented, for the video "I Want Love", RobertDowneyJr. lip synchs the song. Similarly, JustinTimberlake portrays a younger Elton (with an eerie resemblance to the real thing, circa 1975) in the clip for "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore".

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* Although EltonJohn Music/EltonJohn is normally very visible in his videos, and is overall very performance-oriented, for the video "I Want Love", RobertDowneyJr. Creator/RobertDowneyJr lip synchs the song. Similarly, JustinTimberlake portrays a younger Elton (with an eerie resemblance to the real thing, circa 1975) in the clip for "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore".
21st Sep '15 8:41:34 PM wolftickets1969
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* Similar to the Milli Vanilli and C+C examples, Technotronic's ''Pump up the Jam'' album cover and music videos substituted Zairean model Felly for the real female vocalist Ya Kid K, due to her appearing too tomboyish..

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* Similar to the Milli Vanilli and C+C examples, Technotronic's ''Pump up the Jam'' album cover and music videos video substituted Zairean model Felly for the real female vocalist vocalist, Ya Kid K, due to her the latter appearing too tomboyish..
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