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Flashback Friday: TLC’s “Waterfalls”

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Its 2017 and 90’s groundbreaking girl group TLC is back with a new album! Perfect Flashback Friday opportunity to take a look at perhaps their biggest hit “Waterfalls” off the multi award winning album CrazySexyCool. 

“Waterfalls” boldly spoke about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a way few other artists had ever tried. In an interview with Fuse in 2013, they recalled how patients felt grateful to them over the years for demonstrating just how easy it was to contract the virus.

The group had previously made strides for women and safe sex practices with their sexually assertive lyrics while wearing condoms as eye patches. They were a bit rowdy, always honest about what they wanted, but above all in charge of themselves. CrazySexyCool might have been one of the first albums I ever bought. (I bought Jagged Little Pill around the same time, and I’m unsure of which came first)

The group continued to enjoy much success into the early 2000’s despite having to file for bankruptcy not long after the release of CrazySexyCool. The remaining members of TLC, T-Boz and Chilli, remained active if not always musically after the death of Lisa Lopes in 2002. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the new album yet but here’s their video about nostalgia with Snoop, “Way Back”.

On to the covers!

Bette Middler

Bette you didn’t see that one coming.

 

And that’s all I really care to include in this post. In case you were wondering, I am not all that impressed with the covers I did find. Postmodern Jukebox, whom I love, does a decent if really boring 60’s soul version. But the sheer number of them clearly demonstrates how long its likely to stick with us. So if you’re bored, enjoy their guest appearance in a Key & Peele sketch that’s very close to my heart.

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