Lip-Synching Has Always Been the Standard [pdf] — and a set of questions about what *is* a song; the (technologically enhanced) recording or the performance?
Producer Jimmy Jam, who’s worked with artists ranging from Janet Jackson (news) to Usher, said he too was surprised over the Simpson incident — surprised that it was such a big deal.
“I thought everybody knew that everybody lip-synched,” he said. “I just thought when you went and saw Britney Spears, you knew that she lip-synched the whole concert. … They’re seeing a show, and to them, that’s what a show is.”
Not for everyone. R&B veteran Patti LaBelle, known for her booming voice and creative improvisations, lamented that “the whole world is so phony today so people are accepting it. People are loving phonies.”
[...] While Taylor Hanson of the group Hanson acknowledges that not all lip-synched performances are evil, he complains that record companies today are manufacturing artists who can’t perform live even if they wanted to.
“There’s so many great bands who are performing, and singing their guts out every night, and the prevalence of artists being represented … and saying, ‘Hey everyone does this, everyone sings to track,’ I just think it’s lowering the standard,” he fumed. “It’s totally insulting to so much great music out there.”