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2nd Sep '17 2:20:10 PM nombretomado
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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 ''Film/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, (Music/LilJon, Xzibit, David Banner, and SnoopDogg, Music/SnoopDogg, respectively) for a ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''-style mockumentary. The actual musicians only appear at the end of the video as music company executives.
19th Jul '17 7:54:24 PM jormis29
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* The Music/BeastieBoys video for "Make Some Noise" features Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, and Danny [=McBride=] lip-syncing to the song and dressed as Mike D, Ad Rock, and MCA (respectively) from the "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" video. The video functions as a sort of sequel to the earlier video, and features the Beastie Boys in brief cameos portraying other characters.

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* The Music/BeastieBoys video for "Make Some Noise" features Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Creator/SethRogen, Creator/ElijahWood, and Danny [=McBride=] Creator/DannyMcBride lip-syncing to the song and dressed as Mike D, Ad Rock, and MCA (respectively) from the "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" video. The video functions as a sort of sequel to the earlier video, and features the Beastie Boys in brief cameos portraying other characters.
5th Jul '17 1:37:10 AM Twentington
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* In {{Starflyer 59}}'s "I Win" video, the entire band is replaced by anonymous younger actors. The rest of the video is a mishmash of [[PerformanceVideo performance]] and ConceptVideo; it's played so straight that anyone who hadn't seen the band before wouldn't know the difference (it didn't help that their previous two albums had no pictures of the band).
* Mega-example: the band {{Music/Gorillaz}} has ''never'' appeared as the band in public. There are effectively two versions of the band - the animated characters presented as "Gorillaz", and [[Music/{{Blur}} Damon Albarn]], TomTomClub and the group of unknowns that actually records the music. Performances tend to hide the musicians behind screens, showing them only in silhouette.

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* In {{Starflyer Music/{{Starflyer 59}}'s "I Win" video, the entire band is replaced by anonymous younger actors. The rest of the video is a mishmash of [[PerformanceVideo performance]] and ConceptVideo; it's played so straight that anyone who hadn't seen the band before wouldn't know the difference (it didn't help that their previous two albums had no pictures of the band).
* Mega-example: the band {{Music/Gorillaz}} has ''never'' appeared as the band in public. There are effectively two versions of the band - the animated characters presented as "Gorillaz", and [[Music/{{Blur}} Damon Albarn]], TomTomClub Music/TomTomClub and the group of unknowns that actually records the music. Performances tend to hide the musicians behind screens, showing them only in silhouette.



* TheyMightBeGiants' video for ''With the Dark'' has them portrayed by small action figures. They end up being killed and taxidermized by a giant squid.

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* TheyMightBeGiants' Music/TheyMightBeGiants' video for ''With the Dark'' has them portrayed by small action figures. They end up being killed and taxidermized by a giant squid.



* Creator/GeorgeMichael did this on purpose for the videos for singles from ''Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1'', as he didn't want to objectify his person and he was in the middle of arguing with his record label. Due to this, "Praying for Time" features just a static background and the lyrics being shown on screen (there's a good reason you haven't seen it, ever). For the [[MusicVideosOfNote more famous]] "Freedom '90", Creator/DavidFincher decided to throw in a bunch of models.

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* Creator/GeorgeMichael did this on purpose for the videos for singles from ''Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1'', as he didn't want to objectify his person and he was in the middle of arguing with his record label. Due to this, "Praying for Time" features just a static background and the lyrics being shown on screen (there's a good reason you haven't seen it, ever). For the [[MusicVideosOfNote more famous]] famous "Freedom '90", Creator/DavidFincher decided to throw in a bunch of models.
5th Jul '17 1:33:51 AM Twentington
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* The music video for Pirates of the Mississippi's "Feed Jake" does not feature the band at all, and was supposedly the first CountryMusic video to do this. Instead, it features two men who are childhood friends, loosely relating to the narrator's theme of not fitting in.
* Music/{{Lonestar}}'s "Mr. Mom" is an AnimatedMusicVideo retelling the song's story via cartoons.
17th Jun '17 1:39:16 PM nombretomado
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* TreyParkerAndMattStone's band DVDA did a version of "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" for the ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' soundtrack album. When the label wanted a video made for the song, they didn't want to be in it, so the band were played by some actors.

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* TreyParkerAndMattStone's Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone's band DVDA did a version of "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" for the ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' soundtrack album. When the label wanted a video made for the song, they didn't want to be in it, so the band were played by some actors.
7th Jun '17 9:46:03 PM wolftickets1969
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* Another case of the Milli Vanilli syndrome was Whigfield, whose FaceOfTheBand was purported as Sannie Carlson, but whose vocals were actually recorded by Annerley Gordon.

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* Another case of the Europop group pulling a Milli Vanilli syndrome Vanilli was Whigfield, whose FaceOfTheBand was purported as Sannie Carlson, but whose vocals were actually recorded by Annerley Gordon.
7th Jun '17 9:42:54 PM wolftickets1969
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* Another case of the Milli Vanilli syndrome was Whigfield, whose FaceOfTheBand was purported as Sannie Carlson, but whose vocals were actually recorded by Annerley Gordon.
19th Mar '17 3:31:35 PM nombretomado
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* Partly mocked and partly averted by PaulSimon's "You Can Call Me Al". The entire video is Paul Simon and Chevy Chase sitting next to each other while Chase lipsyncs the song, and Simon silently and morosely acts almost as a butler or gofer for him.

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* Partly mocked and partly averted by PaulSimon's Music/PaulSimon's "You Can Call Me Al". The entire video is Paul Simon and Chevy Chase sitting next to each other while Chase lipsyncs the song, and Simon silently and morosely acts almost as a butler or gofer for him.
27th Feb '17 12:14:00 AM gewunomox
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* Although Music/EltonJohn is normally very visible in his videos, and is overall very performance-oriented, for the video "I Want Love", 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".

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* Although Music/EltonJohn is normally very visible in his videos, and is overall very performance-oriented, for the video "I Want Love", Creator/RobertDowneyJr lip synchs the song. Similarly, JustinTimberlake Music/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".
25th Feb '17 4:07:23 PM nombretomado
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* Norman Cook / FatboySlim doesn't like to appear in his videos. He does however appear in some form in most of them - either as a photograph, a cardboard cutout or a painting of himself. For example, there's a portrait of him hung on a hotel wall in "Weapon of Choice", and the video for "The Joker" (which stars a bunch of kittens) features a miniscule "MISSING HUMAN, ANSWERS TO 'NORMAN'" poster hanging on a streetlight.

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* Norman Cook / FatboySlim Music/FatboySlim doesn't like to appear in his videos. He does however appear in some form in most of them - either as a photograph, a cardboard cutout or a painting of himself. For example, there's a portrait of him hung on a hotel wall in "Weapon of Choice", and the video for "The Joker" (which stars a bunch of kittens) features a miniscule "MISSING HUMAN, ANSWERS TO 'NORMAN'" poster hanging on a streetlight.
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