Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Curse of Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce Amusement Park has long had the reputation of being cursed and haunted. There are stories that the sounds of music and gaiety can be heard drifting from the park's ballroom at night...even when nobody can be seen within. There are also tales of park visitors and employees dying in freak accidents within the park. Legend has it that a Native American chieftain cursed the land after being swindled out of it and committing suicide in the lake. Some believe the curse is behind the haunting and horrible deaths at the park.

Among the possible victims of the park's curse are also performers Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. It was here, at Lake Compounce, that a failure in some sound equipment first revealed that Milli Vanilli was, in fact, just lip-syncing. Their concert at the park on July, 21 1989 was the beginning of the end for Milli Vanilli. More than a year later on November 12, 1990 (18 years ago today), the band's producer finally went public and admitted that not only had Rob and Fab been lip-syncing at their concerts...they'd lip-synced their entire career and hadn't sang on the group's albums. My 12-year-old stepsister went into complete denial, hugging her teddy bear and sobbing incoherently over her Tiger Beat magazines for hours. "Cheer up", I told her, "at least you still have C+C Music Factory!" In retrospect, maybe I should have just not tried to console her at all.

Pay a visit to a possibly cursed theme park that might just be the last park you ever visit...but at least you won't have to listen to Milli Vanilli.

-Tom G

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