Thursday, January 1, 2009

Crazier, Sexier & Cooler: TLC

I remember going to Kingswood Music Theatre to see the TLC on their CrazySexyCool tour. Alongside my best friend, Dee, we had grown to love TLC and even adapted their personas into our own lives. Dee was all about Chilli, and I was all about T-Boz, but we had love for them as a unit. We were in the second row and I remember T-Boz touching my hand while she was sitting at the edge of the stage and singing “What About Your Friends.” Lord, I admit, I even got my haircut with the two long pieces to the side, just like T-Boz (no I will never show you these pictures).
TLC remains my favourite girl group of all time. If you really think about it, they were first to nail the Girl Power concept that the Spice Girls later used to sell their albums and images. On the other hand, unlike the Spice Girls, these women were highly creative and full of sheer talent. I can still throw on TLC on any given day and I find myself bopping and singing to their smooth R & B sounds. Starting with the image they cemented for themselves on “Ooooh on the TLC Tip,” to the sexy and sultry “CrazySexyCool,” followed by the innovative sounds of “Fanmail,” to finally their sheer dedication to finish “3D” after a car accident claimed Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002.

TLC remains a rarity of female group talent that has only been rivaled by the likes of En Vogue and Destiny’s Child. From TLC’s emergence in 1992 until today, these girls know how to kick their game and turn on my red light special.

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