Not to brag or anything, but I consider myself an excellent Googler. When I combine my insatiable knowledge of useless information with the mighty search engine, ANYTHING can happen.
Except, of course, when it doesn’t. You, see today I really wanted to write about one of my all time favorite scenes from a tv show. Which one is it, you ask? When Kimberly pulls off her wig on Melrose Place?
Nope, not that one.
When Rudy sang Ray Charles on The Cosby Show?
Closer . . . but not quite there.
Nope, my all time favorite moment in a television series is a long forgotten memory, buried deep in history by scandal, suicide, lip synching, and Jason Priestley. It is a scene so rare that it is not available on youtube, DVD, heck probably not even VHS unless you taped it yourself.
Still lost? I’m talking about the only scene that ever mattered, the musical moment more earth-shattering than when The Beatles were on The Ed Sullivan Show. I have to take a deep breath because this still makes me very emotional to this day, over 22 years after I first witnessed it on January 7, 1990. It was the day the music died, or, more aptly, stopped being sung. I am talking about the day my beloved Milli Vanilli appeared on the under appreciated and oft forgotten one season wonder tv show that we call Sister Kate, starring a pre-90210 Jason Priestley as an orphan and British actress Stephanie Beacham as a nun! On this episode, titled “Eugene’s Feat,” Milli Vanilli sang their huge hit “Blame it on the Rain.” A month later, they won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Nine months after that, we discovered that it WAS ALL A LIE. Milli Vanilli, aka The Brothers of Soul (according to their liner notes) were no more talented that your favorite drag queen lip synching Abba hits at your corner gay cabaret bar. I cried and cried and cried and while I did not blame it on the rain, I blamed it on the snow that covered my heart and made it a very dark and cold place.
I so badly wanted to revisit this scene when my first black crushes sang on one of my favorite shows (I was a very multicultural kid), but I could not find it ANYWHERE. Bummer. It’s like it’s been erased from our collective memory. But I will remember! I will not forget you, Milli Vanilli, not even you Rob Pilatus who died of a drug overdose back in 1998. Yes, I like to keep it upbeat!
But Fab and Rob, while it is a tragedy for me to see the dream is over, and has been since 1990, I never will forget the day we met, boy I’m gonna miss you.
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