Every now and then I get a little easy
I let a lot of people depend on me
I never thought they would ever deceive me
Don’t you know when times got rough I was standing on my own
I’ll never let another get that close to me
You see I’ve grown a lot smarter now
Sometimes you have to choose and then you’ll see
If your friend is true they’ll be there with you
Through the thick and thin
TLC, “What About Your Friends” Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip 1992
On this day in music history: January 28, 1995 - “Creep” by TLC hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 9 weeks on December 10, 1994. Written and produced by Dallas Austin, it is the first pop and second R&B chart topper for the R&B/Pop trio from Atlanta, GA. Following the multi-platinum success of their debut album “Ooooooohhh, On The TLC Tip”, TLC re-enter the studio in late 1993 with a number of producers including Babyface, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, and Dallas Austin to work on their sophomore effort. Having written and produced several tracks on the first TLC album including the hits “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” and “What About Your Friends”, for the new album, Austin writes a song about infidelity, but from a woman’s point of view. The narrative of “Creep” depicts a woman who is aware that her man is cheating on her, but rather than just accepting it, does the same thing to him in a similar fashion. This actually entails some irony, being that Austin at the time is romantically involved with group member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and was not faithful to her during their relationship. At first, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes is against TLC doing the song or performing a rap on it. She is concerned that it might offend some people, and her boyfriend at the time, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison believes she’s cheating on him, aware of his often jealous nature. Regardless, they go ahead and complete the song. “Creep” also marks a dramatic shift in TLC’s image visually, in the video for the song directed by fashion photographer Matthew Rolston (En Vogue, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Seal). The group abandon the baggy hip hop styled clothing for sexy silk pajamas and a more grown up image. Issued as the first single from their second album “CrazySexyCool” on October 31, 1994, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on November 12, 1994, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. The single wins TLC their first Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1996. The song is also featured in a scene in the film “Waiting To Exhale” later in 1995. “Creep” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Ahhhh the good old days when TLC was on top & all was at peace in my world lol. This song is a classic off of the 1992 release Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip which went on to sell millions and placed TLC as one of the top selling female groups in the 90’s. The song is still so relevant today and will be forever.