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Lip-syncing What's the Point?

Talat Ahmed

Music has been evolving since the beginning of time. From a stick of wood as an instrument to bodies of plastic and metal that run on electricity. The evolution has created some great music and given us some good musicians. But many say you can only tell how good a musician a person is by their live performances. And that is where our modern day part-time actor/musician/businessmen artists fail— having the ability to actually sing.
Among all the auto­tuned and commercial music out there, probably the most threatening practice to the entire point of a live performance or concert is lip-syncing. If you wanted to just hear a studio recording of the song while the artist moved around trying to sell it, you could have just watched TV on mute with the song playing in the background but they're nice enough to not let you go through all that trouble. Lip-syncing, also called “miming”, is when an artist moves their lips and feigns singing to give the impression of a live performance.
The idea behind lip­syncing is that it allows the artist to perform and walk about the stage aimlessly while trying to give off the vibe that they actually are singing. Most of the time they get caught by the media or, if they are doing a really bad job, by us on live TV.

But some people do put a case forward for lip-syncing. After all, it is understandable in certain situations. A band like Red Hot Chili Peppers had been caught miming in this past year's Super Bowl. According to a statement Flea made, it was made clear to them that the vocals would be live, while the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre­recorded. Flea claimed to have 'understood' the NFL's reasons for requesting as such since the limited amount of time they had to set up the stage. According to Flea there were “A zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and for the TV viewers.” Apparently the NFL refused to even discuss this since they did not want the Super Bowl experience ruined by “bad sound”. You could've at least plugged the bass in, Flea - for the children if nothing else. Think of the children.
Lip­syncing has even found its way to Bangladesh, outside of the movies anyway. The BCB Celebration Concert garnered publicity for a lot of different reasons on March 13th. One of those reasons was because Akon was caught blatantly lip­syncing by not just the thousands of people watching on television, but by also those at the concert. You've got to be pretty bad at miming if people a couple hundred feet from you can tell you're not singing. Not to mention that Akon is notorious for lip­syncing. A quick Google search with the keywords “Akon lip­sync” will yield an entire page and more of results where he has been caught “faking” his performances. People paid 75 grand to see him on stage where he did not actually sing. To a few it would be quite redundant to pay that kind of money to see an artist perform when it ends up being the equivalent of watching a poorly edited YouTube video.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2014

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