One-Hit Wonders You May Not Know Are Dead
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Rob Pilatus - Milli VanilliMost people are familiar with the lip-synching scandal that brought down the luxuriously dreadlocked and shoulder pad-clad duo, Milli Vanilli. What you may not know, is that in the aftermath of their breakup, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan took very different paths. Though they tried to maintain their partnership with their brief and disastrous stint as Rob & Fab, they eventually parted ways. Morvan struggled to piece together a solo career, which according to his interview with The Huffington Post, led him to the European electronic music scene as well as an unlikely gig as a spokesperson for KFC. Pilatus did not fare so well. In the immediate aftermath of the scandal, he spoke out bitterly against the backlash Milli Vanilli received and laid the blame at producer Frank Farian's feet. Pilatus told the Los Angeles Times, "Our producer tricked us. We signed contracts as singers but were never allowed to contribute. It was a nightmare. We were living a lie. The psychological pressure was very hard. It was like we were trapped in some golden prison." The ensuing years were hard for Pilatus, who reportedly got involved in criminal activity, attempted suicide multiple times, and fell into drug use before landing in rehab. In 1997, things seemed to be turning around. Rob and Fab actually gave Farian another chance, and they all collaborated on a new Milli Vanilli album called Back and in Attack, with the guys actually singing this time. That album was never released because while they were prepping for its promotional tour in Germany, Pilatus died on April 2, 1998 of an alleged accidental overdose of alcohol and pills. He was 33.
Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"
Pauly Fuemana - OMCPauly Fuemana was the driving force behind OMC, which stands for Otara Millionaires Club and started as "a South Auckland hip-hop outfit centred on Fuemana," according to the NZ Herald. We can only speculate as to why Fuemana emerged as the singular talent. Maybe because he was the guy who helped write "How Bizarre," which includes the lyrics, "Ringmaster steps up, Says the elephants left town, People jump and jive, And the clowns inch back around." That sort of creative genius you don't question. Well, that and the fact that he was a pretty intimidating former gang member. Anyway, we'll probably never know what Fuemana was talking about in that song, and we may never fully understand the neurological disease he suffered from called chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Women's Weekly compared the degenerative disorder to multiple sclerosis, reporting that it caused Fuemana to lose his sight and the ability to work. He succumbed to pneumonia on Jan. 31, 2010, leaving behind a wife and six children. He was 40 years old.
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