On the 10th anniversary of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ death, the remaining members of TLC – Chilli and T-Boz- have announced they will play a comeback gig at the 2013 Mixtape Festival in Pennsylvania on July 26 and 27. We’re booking our plane ticket as we speak.
It looks like 2013 will be a bumper year for TLC fans. There’s a VH1 made film about the girl band "in production" starring rapper Lil Mama (hashtag: mid-noughties), 90210’s Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora. There's also a new TLC album in the works, “we’ll have new music right after the movie drops,” Chilli confirmed.
What better time to take a look back at their best tracks?
For the longest time, Grazia believe TLC were singing: “Go! Go! Jason Waterfalls!” in the chorus, imagining that “Jason Waterfalls” was some sort of downtrodden superhero figure who needed a bit of encouragement from the sidelines. Luckily we were totally wrong (phew).
TLC’s trademark track was a soaring, slow funk track with a contemplative rap from Left Eye. Fun fact: Cee-Lo sings backing vocals on the track (listen closely and you can make him out).
“The 22nd of loneliness…” was a classic first line and this first single from their second album Crazy Sexy Cool proved to be a future classic. It was later covered by 90s alternative scruffs The Afghan Whigs, flipping the gender perspective of the song on its head.
Well what was a “scrub” anyway? Well according to the lyrics, it’s a guy who “thinks he’s fly…but just sits on his broke ass” (presumably not doing this No Scrubs dance from the futuristic video). File in the same "goodfernuffink" category as Destiny’s Child’s Bills, Bills, Bills and Missy Elliot’s All N My Grill. At this point it would seem appropriate to do a sassy, Ricki Lake Show style head roll...
What About Your Friends?
Taken from their first album, the multi-voweled Ooooooohhh…On The TLC Tip, this track takes us back to time when New Jill Swing ruled and the band wore neon condoms as fashion accessories (yes, this actually happened). With a message everyone can relate to, this was perhaps the best of TLC’s early singles.
The second single from their third album FanMail was this acousto-R&B number about self-empowerment. It’s message – of being yourself while being told how you should look and be – is as relevant today as it ever was.