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Matthew C. Clark

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I read it Matt - Remember, talent has nothing, repeat nothing, to do with success in the entertainment biz. It's the package. If all it took was talent the Razz wouldn't have had to kick and scratch just to pay the bills. Instead they would be a household name.

The biz is full of rich no talents like Paris Hilton, Brtitney Spears, Ricky Martin, et al, ad nauseum (sp?). That's my opinion and I am sticking to it <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" />

Ted

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I would bet there is a lot of lip synching, or whatever it is called now, on TV. What is funny is that apparently the band was playing the song she had already done, and that is what was playing on the recorded track, but she was supposed to do a different song. It seems like most bands have done it at times, more often than live singing/playing. spin

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I think the real problem people are having with this is that it's "Saturday Night LIVE"... it's supposed to be "real", "as is", etc, it's not supposed to be playing pre-recorded anything. What I find really lame is her dad coming out later and saying she had laryngitis or whatever... it's obviously an attempt to save face, and my opinion is it makes her look stupid, and like a liar. It's as dumb as the "wardrobe malfunction" bit... just admit you did something you weren't supposed to do, and you got caught. Period.

Grow up and take responsibility already. angry

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I'm gonna stick up for Ashlee, since nobody else will. Who really cares if she was lip-syncing? It used to be common for performers to do it. Even Eric has done it. It also seems that people are very quick to label the young singers of today as "No-Talents". I don't think this is fair either. There are different levels of talent. Some are good vocalists/performers. Some are good musicians. Some are good songwriters and some are good at all of these. We seem to be very quick to say that because they have good looks, but canít play an instrument that they have no talent. Judge the music on the music, not the image. We of all people should know that. Hanson wasnít taken very seriously either because of their teen idol status but I still believe that Hanson will someday release a killer CD because these lads have talent.

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Craig, you can stick up for her if you want, it's your right, and to a point, I think the press has carried this way too far, she was on Good Morning America for heaven's sake, that's just nuts! As far as I'm concerned, with a crucial presidential election a week away, and a war going on, this is NOT newsworthy. It's fluff.

That said, what she did was wrong, in that on SNL, performances are supposed to be live, it's in their contract. She not only violated that contract, she blamed her band for it and had daddy on tv trying to cover for her. It reeks of cowardice, and it sends a message to fans (and perhaps even more importantly, non-fans) that she will try to get away with something if she can, and if she's caught, she'll try to blame everyone else before taking responsibility... and yes, that's putting a lot on the shoulders of someone her age, but if she can deal with the celebrity and making more money in a year than most of us make in a lifetime, she had better learn to deal with responsibility as well, or she won't be a celebrity very long

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I'll refrain from commenting on the lip-sync topic. My only reponse is to Craig and his comments on Hanson. Well done young lad! I've been pushing the merits of Hanson for the last few years. Their last two discs were the "killer" that you speak of, and some of the best Pop/Rock I've heard in a long time.

Marvin

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I always liked Hanson. I guess some of it was that I was only 13 when I was in my first band, so watching them on stage at such a young age brought back happy memories (not that we were that popular, but we did manage to play a lot, and were on local tv), but the music was so lively and upbeat at a time when other musicians seemed to be falling into that "suicide is fun" type crap... I even danced onstage to MMMM Bop when it first came out

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I don't have an opinion on Ashlee. I saw her perform once on TV and thought the song was ok.

Ashlee Simpsons record company, Geffen Records, said there was a computer glitch. Instead of some pretaped electronic percussion, the recording of "Pieces of Me" started mistakenly performing, the record company said in a statement.

But it actually sounded like a guide vocal that's a common -- although almost always unspoken -- concert aid. Either the singer "lip synchs" by mouthing words to a backing tape or has a live microphone and sings along to the tape, making the voice sound more powerful than it is.

Such vocal tricks have been used before on the show, making "Saturday Night Live" not entirely live, said a show insider who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Let's not forget the ultimate lip-synch show of them all......American Bandstand.....almost all the performances there were lip-synched, with few exceptions.

And one of the more memorable screw-ups on AB, ironically, was Pink Floyd......Syd Barrett was so stoned on that one and really screwed up on Floyd's performance.....

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I've been busy converting my VHS tapes to DVD lately, and have just finished with the Eric Carmen segment of my work. I have his 1975 American Bandstand performances (two songs), and some 1984 performances on Solid Gold from his Geffen album, and yes, he is definitely lip-synching. The songs sound exactly like the original recordings and even fade out as the audience begins applause (hmm, is there even a real audience there at all?). I just took that stuff for granted on those shows because it was so obvious, and all of the guests did it. However, it's still a little disappointing to think performances on SNL aren't necessarily entirely live.

Jennifer

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Am I the only person in the world who thinks that this was done on purpose??? Let's look at the evidence:

Done on live tv - usually people double check to make sure that mistakes like this don't happen. With something like SNL - which has been around since before I was born, they have the 'live' thing down pat - they don't make mistakes like this.

It's not a big deal - everyone on earth knows lip-synching is done - it's not that big a scandal. Her career will survive.

She's now known by more people than ever before. Until this happened, my huaband thought she was Jessica with a dye job. Even old grannies like my mom now know who Ashlee is - she was on the news, all the morning talk shows, 20/20 last night, etc., etc... A publicists dream when your new album is just out.

Her father already has her on her own reality TV show - so everything in her life is already documented. This will just add to that - it's not like she guarded her privacy and this is causing her all sorts of pain, having to be on all sorts of shows explaining herself. She loves the extra attention, as does her father, from the interview I saw last night.

So, or purpose or an accident? You decide. Yeah, and Janet Jackson had no idea her boob was going to be flashed on TV, and Paris Hilton had NOTHING to do with her porn video making it to the Internet.

Now can I talk about my theory about George Bush and what he knew about terrorists and 9/11 before the hijackings actually took place??

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I took my daughter (and friends) to the Green Day concert last night in NJ (with Sugarcult and New Found Glory - all excellent) and Sugarcult began a song with a recording of "Pieces of me" and the band acted all confused and said "hey, dudes, what song are you singing?? That's the wrong ONE"

It was so funny........

I agree Michelle.....the expression "negative attention is still attention." I agree with the person who wrote "a more experienced performer would have handled it better."

annie

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