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On this day in music history: February 25, 1992 - “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip”, the debut album by TLC is released. Produced by L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Da Funky Bunch, Marley Marl and Kevin Roberson, it is recorded at Doppler Studios, Studio La CoCo, Bosstown Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA and Marley’s House Of Hits in Chestnut Ridge, NY from June - December 1991. Originally known as 2nd Nature, the group originally consists of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Crystal Jones. The girls audition for R&B singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid (“Girlfriend”, “Mercedes Boy”) who becomes their manager under her production company Pebbitone. Renaming them TLC (for Tionne, Lisa and Crystal) in early 1991, Reid arranges for the girls to audition for LaFace Records, formed by her then husband L.A. Reid and Babyface. L.A. is immediately impressed by T-Boz and Left Eye, but feels that Crystal should be dropped. Jones’ fate is sealed when she hesitates to sign the management contract. Crystal leaves TLC and is replaced by former Damian Dame background vocalist and dancer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Hitting it off immediately with T-Boz and Left Eye, Chili is the perfect addition to the group and they quickly start work on their debut album. Though Thomas is nearly fired from TLC when Pebbles discovers that Chilli has become romantically involved with producer Dallas Austin. Refusing to let her go, T-Boz and Left Eye insist that Chilli is allowed to remain in the group. Completing the album by December of 1991, its unique hybrid of R&B, New Jack Swing, Pop and Hip Hop attitude combined with the trio’s strong and charismatic personas make them an immediate stand out. Led by “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” (#2 R&B, #6 Pop), the single and album are both instant hits. It spins off three more singles including “Baby-Baby-Baby” (#1 R&B, #2 Pop), “What About Your Friends” (#2 R&B, #7 Pop) and “Hat 2 Da Back” (#14 R&B, #30 Pop). Even with this huge out of the box success, things quickly turn sour between TLC and Pebbles while in the midst of promoting their debut. All in their early twenties at the time, the girls sign their contracts without having attorneys present, or reading them fully beforehand. To their great dismay, they discover that they have signed a production deal in which they are not directly signed to LaFace, but to Pebbles’ production company. Besides managing them and making business decisions on their behalf, Pebbitone owns TLC’s song publishing and even their name, paying them a pittance in royalties which leaves them deeply in debt. T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli are eventually forced to file for bankruptcy in order to break ties with Pebbitone, sign with LaFace directly and organize their finances. “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fourteen on the Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.




Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes- (May 27, 1971-April 25, 2002)

“Cause what’s real is something that the eyes can’t see
That the hands can’t touch, that them broads can’t be, and that’s you
Never let ‘em see you frown”

-J.Cole (ft TLC) Crooked Smile

Stand Music #13: Red Light Special

TLC are an American Hip Hop group consisting of two (previously three) members: Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

They formed in 1990 under 2nd Nature, but eventually renamed to TLC and released their first album “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip”. They later released their second album ‘CrazySexyCool’ in 1994, but unfortunately filed for bankruptcy in 1995, with the accusation that their record label Pebbitone was responsible. Members claimed their first deal with Pebbitone was so bad, they only received .56 cents, split three ways, for each album sold. This was worse when you consider that ‘CrazySexyCool’ sold millions upon millions of records, and the members of the group were charged by their label for things like travel, lodging, and so on while on tour.

They eventually managed to renegotiate their contract and separate from Pebbitone, while also managing to buy the rights to their name TLC. The group continued consistently until 2002, when Lisa Lopes was killed in a car crash. This hurt the group, and after the release of their album ‘3D’ that year, the group went on indefinite hiatus in 2003. They wouldn’t start performing regularly again until 2009. Recently, the group has announced they will be releasing one final studio album as TLC in 2017, but they say this will not be the end of the group, as they will continue to perform together post release.

The group was highly influential, becoming one of the highest selling American all-female groups of all time, only rivaled by Spice Girls. Their lyrical content and attitude was highly progressive, and helped propel female musicians further into the musical spotlight. In a slightly related note, their struggle with record labels was very similar to fellow artist Prince, who at the height of their popularity was going through a public battle with Warner Bros. over the rights to his music. A cover of his song ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ appeared on their album ‘CrazySexyCool’.


-Red Light Special


-If I Was Your Girlfriend


-Shock Dat Monkey


-His Story




-Take Our Time



If you haven’t, make sure you check out our post on our original stand for the game, Red Light Special, here.

Until next time, remember to Shine On Like A Crazy Diamond!


(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvw-2Dy96OU)

That one time Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins​ of TLC​ was Rockin’ “#Studio A” here @ ES Audio Recording Studio​ in #LosAngeles, for her #TV Show, “Totally T-Boz​”, which Aired on the TLC​ Channel a few years back:)

Great Times, Great Memories, Great Gal!:)


#ESAudio #RecordingStudio #TBoz #TLC #Diamond #Gold #Platinum #Awesome #Cool #Fun #Unpretty #Acoustic #OnThisDay #JamminJo #RealityTV #FilmLocation #Filming


TLC is a trio whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip-hop, soul, pop, rock, funk, and new jack swing. Consisting of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper-singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas they found unprecedented success in the 1990s The trio is reknowned for tackling important social issues in their music such as AIDS awareness, violence, domestic abuse, anorexia, bulimia, sexism, racism, and homophobia.

Unfortunately, Lisa Lopes “Left Eye” died in a car crash in 2002

 Billboard magazine ranked the group as No. 2 Girl Groups Of All Time

Recommendation: TLC - No Scrubs /  TLC - Waterfalls