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Currently, as I write this piece, the remaining members of the trio TLC, T-BOZ, and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas are soon going to release their farewell studio album. Staying true to Left-Eye, her spirit and essence, T-BOZ and Chilli guarantee that Left-Eye will absolutely be felt on the album. TLC is one of my favorite female musical acts. I have been a fan since 1995, which was the year their album Crazy Sexy Cool dropped. Some of my favorite songs on the album are songs that let the listener know to always be careful around fake people with hidden agendas, hence the name of the song "Case of The Fake People." There is also a great cover of the Prince classic "If I was Your Girlfriend," first heard on his 1987 album Sign O' The Times. TLC, on their version, sing in a flattering falsetto the way that Prince had done in the original version. Another song that is memorable is a ridiculously hot and sexy slow jam about having a one night stand called "Red Light Special." "Creep" is another classic from the album; it's about a conflicted girlfriend who is cheating and doesn't know if she should tell her boyfriend. "Waterfalls" is their most popular song, it addresses the AIDS and HIV epidemic and the problems faced, as well as the consequences of street life.
What appealed to me about TLC was their uniqueness and originality, and that they came across as three down-to-earth and approachable girls. Crazy Sexy Cool is not their only album. The group originally formed in the early part of the 90s. They released a classic club banger album chocked full of hits on La Face records called Ooh...On The TLC Tip. A brief explanation of why the album was given that title is that throughout their career, TLC always advocated and promoted safe sex. Left-Eye, always the brave and daring risk-taker, used to wear a condom where a lens should have been on her pair of glasses to get their valid point across. Here is a list of hits from the album: "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Baby-Baby-Baby," "What About Your Friends," and "Hat 2 da Back." At the time, a musical movement known as New Jack Swing was dawning, and this album was filled with the exciting sound created by producer and founding member of BlackStreet, Teddy Riley. TLC released a total of 4 studio albums: Ooh...On The TLC Tip, Crazy Sexy Cool, 3D, and Fan Mail. With the release of their final album, that will make it a total of 5 studio albums in all.
There is no doubt that TLC is a group known for creating memorable music videos also. Their efforts in both artistic mediums were recognized; they won some Grammy's and some Moon Men at the MTV Music Video Awards. Some of my favorite TLC music videos include: "Waterfalls," "Baby-Baby-Baby," their cameo in Whitney Houston's video "I'm Every Women," "Creep," "Diggin' On You," the video "UnPretty," and the video for "No Scrubs" from the Fan Mail album, which places the trio T-BOZ, Left-Eye, and Chilli in space suits traveling through space and the universe aboard a space shuttle. "Creep," "Diggin' On You," and "Waterfalls" are some of the coolest music videos in history. "Waterfalls" is a video where the group stands in the middle of the water and performs their song. It is a very beautifully done video and it was the first time I saw the awesome morphing effect. "Diggin' On You" is a concert video, where the group wore awesome matching bright silver athletic suits. Long Live TLC: T-BOZ, Left-Eye,and Chilli forever!