Cheryl Cole just showed love for TLC! She made a medley of our girls’ song „Unpretty” and Beyonce’s „Pretty Hurts”. Both tracks are connected with self-esteem so it’s seems right to mix them. Enjoy the beautiful covers!
Complex magazine made a list called „The 50 Best R&B Songs of the ’90s”. There’s no list like this without TLC’s song! They put „Waterfalls at #40 and „Creep” at…#2! Congratulations for T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli! Read the whole article HERE.
40. TLC “Waterfalls” (1995)
Producer: Organized Noize
Death and religion are strange topics for a pop song to tackle. But such are the talking points on TLC’s “Waterfalls,” the biggest single on the group’s sophomore album. T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli were flannel-wearing, new jack swing tomboys when they dropped their debut, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. Two years later, they reemerged with crop tops and bedroom eyes on CrazySexyCool, an LP of low and slow rhythms that journeyed further into R&B than anything the group had done before.
The Organized Noize-produced “Waterfalls” is drenched in water-droplet synth notes, live drums, rising horns, and a bass line that walks wherever it pleases. Like some sultry-voiced Ghost of Christmas Present, T-Boz introduces a drug-dealing son who ignores his mother’s pleas and ends up “another body laying cold in the gutter.” Next, there’s a guy who has unsafe sex with his girlfriend, contracts HIV/AIDS, and dies. And then Left Eye caps it off with a rap about god.
It’s a heavy song, but the warnings in the verses are buoyed by a rich, singable chorus, which certainly helped it get radio play. “Waterfalls” also came with a big-budget video that ran constantly on MTV and made it even more popular. This is thanks in large part to the song’s easily acted-out story lines and, of course, the trio’s T-1000-style water morphing.
— Christine Werthman
2. TLC “Creep” (1994)
Producer: Dallas Austin
In terms of subject matter, aesthetic, and approach to performing, TLC is one of the most innovative groups ever. Yet, in terms of their music, many songs outside of the CrazySexyCool album now sound dated. Such is the problem sometimes with looking for a “futuristic” sound. In many ways, TLC at least musically, were best when they were the most subtle. Case in point, “Creep,” their first single from their sophomore album and their first no. 1 hit on the Hot 100. It offered a darker, mellower, and far jazzier sound than any track that proceeded, which was perfect for T-Boz’s alto. And though it was revealed years later than Left Eye objected to the release of the song as a single—based on her belief that if a man is cheating on her, she should leave as opposed to cheating on him as a means of payback—it was refreshing to see women muddy up right and wrong in a relationship.
— Michael Arceneaux
Tiara Thomas, R&B singer which you might know from Wale’s song „Bad”, talks TLC in her lastest interview with Vibe magazine.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
I love Lauryn Hill and I like all of the 90s girls. I like TLC, and back when I taught myself to play guitar one of my main inspirations was India.Arie. Her tone is crazy and Brandy’s tone is crazy too. I love those T-Boz, Jazmine Sullivan deep tone, she can sing her ass off. I take an element from different types of singers. I like how real and raw Lauryn was, I like India.Arie’s voice. I like how fun TLC was and just how carefree they were. Left Eye, super quirky cool girls. Aaliyah was sexy, but wasn’t trying too hard, it was real chill and laid back so I took different inspirations about different artists and applied it myself.
You can read the whole article HERE.
We added some (not all, we still have some pieces to add) rare scans which was made by one and only TLC universe! See below!
Kyle Young is still selling some things of Left Eye. This time, you can buy white jacket, costume made of fur and leather and also, you can buy long dress with hood. Click on photos to get on E-Bay!
Lisa was wearing this jacket during promo photoshoots with Mel C. If you want to see more pictures of Dave Hogan work, click here.
As you might know TLC played at Hofstra University Fall Festival 2014. We added high quality photos from that performance:
Finally, we came back. We started to add photos from this year edition of Left Eye Music Fest. Enjoy!