In 1990, a young teenager named Crystal Jones had the idea to form an all-girl band influenced by hip-hop and jack swing genres. She did this along with a management company and they quickly signed on two more girls to complete the trio. The band was named TLC after their first name initials and they began auditioning for various music labels. During an audition with a management company, Jones was eventually asked to leave the band and the remaining two members were signed on.
The remaining members, Left Eye and T-Bonz were paired with Chills and TLC was reborn. With the new line-up, the girls worked with leading producers of their times including Jermaine Dupree and Sean Combs to record their debut album. The debut album, “Ooooooooh, on the TLC Tip” was a major success both commercially and critically. Five of the album’s singles reached the top five in the music charts.
This was followed up by “CrazySexyCool” in 1994. The album was an even bigger success and established TLC as a force to be reckoned with. It reached multi-platinum status in many countries. It also featured many number one singles including the immensely popular Creep. The band’s next album “Fanmail” was released in 1999 and became their most successful album to date. It was certified multiplatinum in a number of countries and topped the charts everywhere it was released.
“Fanmail” was the last time TLC recorded an album with their original lineup. After the accidental death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez in 2000, the band released their final album “3D” in 2002. The album featured vocals from all three original members and was met with a mixed critical response. It still managed to reach platinum status. TLC decided this would be their last album and subsequently retired from the music business.
It wasn’t until seven years later in 2009 that fans got to see the girls back together again. The remaining members of TLC announced a concert tour in Japan. This was received so enthusiastically by TLC fans that the band had to reconsider their retirement. This finally came into play in 2013 when TLC officially announced a comeback tour. This tour took place in the end of 2014 and an album release was announced soon after in January 2015. The album release was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that the band started and after meeting their financial requirements, they have allegedly gone back to the studio to work on their latest recording.
While TLC’s music has always been strongly based on R&B rhythms, they’re known to add elements of surprise to their work. This has resulted in heavy experimentation with genres such as jack swing, hip hop, blues, electronic, classical and even blues. Their lyrical content is always empowering and honest and each of their songs has a knack of getting inside a listener’s head. While they have enough party songs and dance floor hits on their repertoire, TLC has always had a strong sense of emotional depth behind their music.
To go with their album release, TLC will be seen performing all over the world in 2015. This starts with them performing with New Kids on the Block at the SAP Center at San Jose. The performance will feature guest appearances by hip-hop star Lil Mama and R&B singer Nelly. The 20,000 capacity arena will be packed to the brim when the stars descend. Make sure you get your TLC tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.