I know I am in plenty of good company with millions of fans who obsessively watched the TLC biopic CrazySexyCool on Monday evening, right? Can I tell ya’ll that I purchased that album FOUR times? Yup. First on cassette – lost it. Replaced on cassette. Then CDs came out and I needed it on compact disc. Loaned out – never returned. Now this was at the height of Napster and file sharing but also the news of TLC declaring bankruptcy and being broke came out. So I refused to illegally download and wanted those girls to get their 7 cents (per Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez) so once again I repurchased the album! Along with two friends we performed Waterfalls and Creep in a talent show during middle school. I am in LOVE with that group and the movie was freakin fantastic!
During the movie, of course I was up doing all of the dance moves along with the actresses. And can I just say that if I have only one criticism, its that we did not get nearly enough performing? Compared to other music stories like The Jacksons, The Temptations and What’s Love Got to Do With It….I needed MORE singing! MORE dancing! MOREEEEE! So naturally after the movie went off, I started watching videos of all of my favorite TLC songs from back in the day. Baby Baby Baby! What About Your Friends, Ain’t to Proud to Beg, Creep, Diggin on You, Red Light Special…I was going IN hunny!
After I burned a few calories and calmed down enough to actually WATCH the videos….I reminisced on how we all crushed on TLC’s style. Who didn’t want Chili’s baby hair and beautiful waves? And the only time in life I ever wanted to cut my hair is to get T-Boz’s style…but my mom shut me down because I was only about 12. Whenever Left Eye wore her hair down it was always in the silkiest looking wrap! It hit me that these girls are genuine natural beauties!
They wore minimal makeup, were proud of their bodies without being vulgar and actually rocked their own hair! Unheard of with the singers of today! Sure, later they used weave, wigs and extensions but it certainly was not the basis of their look. Tiny in stature, they never had breast or booty implants, and even today don’t have an overly made up image.
Honestly, its about time their story was told and I only wish the movie was a two-part five hour special because I definitely wanted more!
Which TLC hairstyle did you love best?
For me, I would have to say Chili because I’ve always loved long hair. But I also love T-Boz best as a blond with some version of a bob and Left Eye with red hair. So…I guess I can’t pick just one!