Monday, October 25, 2004

Say it ain't so, Miss Ashlee 'Milli Vanilli' Simpson!

In case you haven't seen this, you'll get a kick out of it. Ashlee Simpson was the musical artist on Saturday Night Live this week, and they normally perform two tunes. First up, she did her song, "Pieces of Me." When she came on for the second tune, she was expecting to play "Autobiography," her new tune. But instead, you could hear the "guide vocal" track from "Pieces of Me." Whoops!

The band, trying their best to make it work, joins in with "Pieces of Me." Ashlee dances around for a while, then walks off stage. The band keeps going for a bit, but then SNL takes it to commercial.

Lots of folks are making this out to be about her lip-synching, but this is done all the time (the guide vocal track), especially on TV or other "live" performances. What really irks me is that she's blaming this on the band. "My band played the wrong song." No, the SNL audio guy cued up the wrong track, then the band did the best they could to go with the flow. Don't blame this on the band.

Here's a comment I found from an audio engineer:

Just chiming in as an audio engineer; While it is entirely possible that she lipsynced the entire first song, I'm with the other poster who suggested that they only had the vocal intro to the song sync'd so it would be a perfect pick up, then it fades out and she continues to sing live. We also do sample tracks for vocalists who have trouble hitting a high note in a song where we'll have that sampled and we just trigger the sample playback when the high note comes along.

That's what I think happened, and some audio enginner at SNL is probably going to be looking for a new job in the morning, for cueing up the wrong song intro. I can't say I blame Ashley, I mean singing the same song twice would be kind of stupid, so what do you do? The band did good to keep going, but they didn't really have a lot of other options.

Here's an article on
And here is a site where you can see the video.


At 5:21 PM, Blogger SteveO said...

She was just on TRL (yes, TRL, I was flipping thru the channel and saw the clip) she said that she had acid reflux and her voice was shot therefore (per doctor's orders) she couldn't sing as strong as she'd like. They decided,for the first time, to use a backing vocal to help her out. She said rehearsal went fine with it but I think she said the drummer was the one to start the trigger at the performance (insert drummer joke here). She was plugging tonight's Radio Music Awards show and said she got a cortisone shot in her back and is feeling well enough to perform her new song today.

You know you hit it big time when you screw up live on national TV and then spin it to get even more publicity to watch you at another stupid music awards show.

Where's the justice!?!

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea that's it the band did it........

At 10:11 PM, Blogger SteveO said...

Just saw her on the Radio Music Awards and they started to play "Pieces of Me" and she looked all confused. Then she gave a type of psyche comment and they broke into her new song.

It was definately live and she and the song sucked.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Here's another take on it from Jeannette Walls @, basically saying that we're all enjoying this because we know how fake the pop music industry is and we revel in our little "Wizard-of-Oz-like-moment, a glimpse behind the curtain of faux entertainers."

The Scoop @


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