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Oct 24, 04 10:43 AM

I Dine On Soy Cheese.


What happened to Ashlee Simpson on SNL last night? I missed it.

I was laying on the couch websurfing, with SNL in the background--I was filled with loathing by Ashlee's initial tune--I mean, the tune was OK, but the lipsynching is an abomination, how can they let them do it on SNL? Is it not a litmus test, to be able to shine as a live act on national television?

Anyway, I wasn't watching, and the song started, and then I noticed out of the corner of my eye that, not more than a minute into the song, they cut to a picture of Jude Law, which stayed there for an uncomfortably long time, with the Ashlee tune going on vocal-less behind it. And then they went to a commercial.

What happened? At the curtain call at the end of the show, Ashlee Simpson, tucked under Jude Law's arm, said something like: I'm sorry! My band started playing the wrong song!

I suspect they accidentally played-back the same tune as the first time--a version of the old Milli Vanilli gaffe--leaving her holding the bag. But I didn't see. What happened?

Posted by Mike at October 24, 2004 10:43 AM



Posted by: bex at October 24, 2004 11:19 AM

Either the techs off stage or the band, one or the other, started playing the same song she had done the first time around. So rather than "sing" the same song twice, she just walked off.

I was hoping they would have a better excuse than "my bad started playing the wrong song."

The best part was definitely how obvious it was that she was lip synching when she never even "sang" but her voice was loud and clear... Singing the wrong song.

Posted by: Kacey at October 24, 2004 12:43 PM

I thought SNL was all about the "live". I had heard once that they NEVER allowed lipsynching. This incident is as much Lorne Michaels's shame as it is Simpson's.

Posted by: Matt at October 24, 2004 12:45 PM

I think the lip syncing has to do with incidents like Marianne Faithful's mic going dead when she sang with Metallica- it was obvious that she was singing and there were tech. problems.

Posted by: ikichi at October 24, 2004 12:51 PM

From Lucky Magazine interview:

LM: What are your takes on lip-synching?

AS: I'm totally against it and offended by it. I'm going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I'd never lip-synch. It's just not me.

Posted by: Eric at October 24, 2004 1:01 PM


Posted by: rob from colorado at October 24, 2004 2:15 PM

Background via Metafilter:

here's the word from a friend of mine who was at the show, and got it straight from the director, beth mccarthy, who she was a guest of:

ashlee can't sing. she tried all day friday, but was whining to her voice coach. they decided to leave her mike on so she could sing along to the track, but after the first line or two of the first song, turned her off cause she was awful.

so, as of the first song, all the mikes were off.

now, they had the wrong song queued up for the second song, obviously. it really was the drummer's fault. apparently he was supposed to signal something or start in with some beat, and the one he did was for the first song. because he fucked up, the guy doing the tape hurried up and put the first song on, because that was what the drummer had signalled. when this got all fucked up, they did two things:

1. turned on all the mikes so the band could take over and start the real song. which they didn't. have no idea why.
2. turned off the tape so the band could play the real song.

they were going to turn on ashlee's mike so she could sing the real song, but decided not to because the band was just playing the first song. the guys were smiling cause they were simply thinking "what a fucking clusterfuck".

beth mccarthy was also the director of the superbowl halftime show last year, so she's no stranger to ... malfunctions.

Posted by: Morgan at October 24, 2004 4:57 PM

worst SNL in memory
but the ASimpson incident just topped it off.
I was scurrying around the net to get feedback about the pitifulness of the "news" show and how lame the Curse of the bambino skit was...i mean really really bad and Horatio Sanz can be really was like the entire cast was on some bad skag..and then Ashlee wonls with some pre recorded hoe down nutziness and the lamest ever excuse blaming her band.
I hope the incident gets put in every concievable spotlight and that it will do something to reinvigorate a really sad and probably dying SNL

Posted by: Steve at October 24, 2004 5:07 PM

Morgan, excellent reporting.

Posted by: DJ I Know, I Need A Nose Job at October 24, 2004 6:28 PM

Just goes to show, we need to Kill Ashlee Simpson. It offends me that they think we're stupid enough to fall for her obviously crafted image - and maddens me even more that people do. C'mon people are smart enough to figure this out, why does anyone fall for it?

Posted by: Wribbon at October 24, 2004 11:29 PM

You're making the assumption that popular entertainment is about the music. It's not. It's about entertainment, about the image, about the sex, about the excitement. Someone who can deliver that, or can be coached into doing it, is an excellent entertainer. They may have the label "singer" or "actor" or whatever slapped on them, it doesn't matter. Sad but true.

Bring on more small rock I say!

Mike: I assume you've done TV shows at some point with Soul Coughing? What's the vibe - any pressure to lip sync? What's the reasons if so?

Posted by: Mark at October 25, 2004 7:07 AM

my email to snl:

lol. funny how some dumb bitch who can't sing a lick gets a spot on
Saturday Night Live after begging her daddy to make her a star, and
people who actually have talent and work most of their lives for that
kind of opportunity are STILL working and probably will continue
working most of their lives for that kind of opportunity. oh, the

i never really thought SNL were a bunch of sell outs until now. i
don't think it takes a genius to know that Ashlee Simpson sucks and
can't sing. so... how did she end up on SNL as a musical guest? hmm.
could it be... satan?

did you really need to sacrifice what little integrity you had left to
make a few extra bucks? how about when she threw her little fit and
said she couldn't sing? just nixing her performance altogetherm, that
would have been the integral thing to do. but, oh no, can't do that.
lets just let her lip sync.

i'm sorry, but what the fuck.

well, i guess it's time to channel bill hicks and say, "you sucker's
of satan's cock. (sing) suckin satan's pecker...SUCK IT... stick that
thick scaley pecker down your gullet. its only your soul, SUCK IT...
its only your soul, SUCK IT!"

have fun being corporate lackey-slaves. you are now comical for a
whole new reason.


Posted by: rob from colorado at October 26, 2004 12:03 AM

I posted about it on my site and you can d/l the video there if the links are broken other places.

It's a good laugh *at* not *with* situation.

Posted by: Cole at October 27, 2004 2:59 AM