Houston, TX - October 26, 2004
Drop Trio, Houston-based instrumetnal funk jazz band, has accepted full responsibility for a lip syncing fiasco this weekend at their CD release party at the Last Concert Cafe.
During the performance of one of their songs, "Invisible Pants", the lead singer, Ian Varley, was seen to be mouthing the words "I've got a very fine man-lady". However, the words that the crowd heard were "I've got, invisibile, invisible pants". Varley attempted to cover with some impromptu dance moves, then stormed from the stage.
"I take the blame," said bassist Patrick Flanagan. "I pressed the wrong button on Ian's in-ear monitor system, so he thought we were playing a different song."
"I don't usually use lip-sync," said Varley. But he blamed the rigorous schedule of playing 3 shows in one day, and said that he thought in retrospect it was a "silly, silly decision".
"You think that you can see them, but you can't," added Varley.
This marks the second major publicity embarassment for the band this year; only 3 months earlier, drummer The Nuje had a "wardrobe malfunction" during a screening of the feature film The Johannes Family Reunion. Legal action with the greater Houston board of decency and morality is still pending.
The band's management company, Invisible Dog Music, could not be reached for comment.