YMMV / Milli Vanilli

  • Awesome Music: Admit it, "Girl You Know It's True," "Blame It On The Rain" and "Baby Don't Forget My Number" are still glorious Ear Worms.
    • The single version of "Girl You Know It's True" that appears on All or Nothing especially.
  • Chorus-Only Song: Pretty much all their hits.
  • Covered Up: In all the kerfuffle, many people don't realize that "Girl You Know It's True" is actually a cover, originally by 80s pop band Numarx.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: This In Living Color! skit. And this was before the scandal broke, so it even leans toward Hilarious in Hindsight.
    "So act now, because we are almost out of style!!!"
    • While not intentional on their part, Rob and Fab trying to prove they can actually sing at a 1991 press conference (This was before they started taking actual vocal lessons) is a sight to behold.
    • The infamous Broken Record moment during that one concert.
  • Deader Than Disco: Oh hell yeah. Once the truth came out, there wasn't much anybody could do to salvage things, and everyone really, really tried: the real band tried putting out an album as The Real Milli Vanilli, and Rob & Fab went under that very name using their real vocals, but by then, no one was really interested either way. Even Frank Farian went right back to producing pop music and even spawned a few short-lived hitmakers in the 1990s, like La Bouche, Le Click and No Mercy (of "Where Do We Go" fame), but beyond those mild successes, his name's mostly fallen into obscurity and is usually associated with Milli Vanilli.
  • Face of the Band: For marketing purposes, Rob and Fab were a deliberate example, that went horribly, terribly wrong.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In addition to the In Living Color! sketch above, there's also what was merely a trivia tidbit at the time - Rob and Fab were initially denied entry into the 1990 Grammy ceremony... under false pretenses. While at the time it was because they thought the tickets were counterfeit, it was rather prescient just a few months later.
  • Iron Woobie: You have to feel for Fabrice Morvan, who's still pursuing pop stardom today to little success, partly because he's still haunted by Milli Vanilli.
  • It Was His Sled/All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Is there any person in the world who has NEVER heard of Milli Vanilli's controversy?
  • Memetic Mutation: The infamous skipping recording. "Girl you know it's—girl you know it's—girl you know it's—"
  • Misblamed: Granted, fame went to their heads, but the boys got a hell of a lot of heat considering that they were little more than employees and figureheads. It's worth mentioning that returning the Grammy awards was their idea, but an interview with Frank Farian claiming that it was forced upon them was published before they could put their two cents in, making it seem like a Suspiciously Specific Denial.
  • Narm: The opening skit in "Girl You Know It's True" is cheesier than a fondue party. And in general, those goofy, awkward dance moves of theirs.
  • Narm Charm: Most anyone who still listens to them today probably does it for this reason. Perhaps Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic.com summed it up best in his Girl You Know It's True review:
    "This isn't just music that's all surface, this is music that gives the impression of having a surface, then not delivering on that. It's thin as a ribbon, the beats are fairly clunky, the hooks are huge and stupid (apart from Diane Warren's "Blame It on the Rain," which is the only classically constructed song on the album), and, ultimately, really dorky. But what makes it fascinating is that it's unrestrained, unhinged dorkiness, music that is completely awkward and sort of fun and memorable because of it."
  • Never Live It Down: Personified.
    • Milli Vanilli for a long time was the standard by which all "lip-syncing scandals" were measured. (We're looking at you, Ashlee.)
    • To date, they are the only music act to have returned their Grammy awards.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Milli Vanilli is well and truly doomed to this trope.
  • Second Album Syndrome: For both the boys and the real band; whichever album you consider the real second album.
  • Signature Song: "Girl You Know It's True."
  • Snark Bait: Even before the scandal, their sugary lyrics and cheesy tunes were pretty easy to make fun of. All the scandal did was legitimize the backlash which had been bubbling under the surface for a while. And we don't simply mean that they were the butt of a huge joke, they were the victims of perpetual public shaming! Fab wouldn't leave his house during daylight for years because he was afraid of being recognized and taunted, and Rob's Sanity Slippage was at least partially due to how quickly it all got to him.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Much of their brief discography is just cheesy love songs set to state-of-the-art (for 1989, anyway) dance-pop.

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