On the eve of the 25th anniversary of TLC‘s record-breaking sophomore album, ‘CrazySexyCool‘, the girl’s decided to coincide the date with a major announcement!
T-Boz and Chilli will be returning to the UK in 2020 to embark on an exclusive one night only performance in London at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 29th to celebrate both the 25th anniversary of ‘CrazySexyCool’ and the 20th anniversary of TLC’s first headline FanMail tour 2000.
‘CrazySexyCool‘ was released 25 years ago on this day, on November 15, 1994. TLC‘s sophomore album went on to become a diamond-certified album, which was recently certified 14x platinum by the RIAA.
To celebrate the album’s milestone, Sony Music has decided to gift TLC fans with the official digital release of the four major singles lifted from the record-breaking project.
The four EP’s in question are; “Creep”, “Red Light Special”, “Waterfalls” and “Diggin’ On You“. The releases are available to stream on Spotify, and are available for purchase on iTunes.
25 years on and ‘CrazySexyCool’ continues to stand the test of time, remaining a favorite by millions across the world! Those who grew up with the album being the soundtrack to their lives will indeed remember the drama that surrounded the girls at it’s time of release — bankruptcy, arson and rumors of a break-up!
Despite serving time locked away in rehab during the creation of ‘CrazySexyCool’, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes made sure she used her leave time to work on the follow-up to 1992’s break-out hit, ‘Ooooooohhh… on the TLC Tip‘, which included her most iconic rap verse on their most important hit to date, “Waterfalls”.
Sony previously blessed TLC fans back in July 2017 with the release of their EP’s from their debut LP, including the festive release, “Sleigh Ride“, following the release of their final self-titled studio album.
TLC‘s biggest-selling album to date continues to achieve record-breaking sales, almost 25 years since it’s initial release in 1994!
‘CrazySexyCool‘ has officially earned itself a 12x platinum status, after becoming certified by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 11, 2019.
The album was last certified two decades ago on July 2nd, 1999, where the diamond-certified album had sold a whopping 11 million copies in the United States alone since it’s release on November 15, 1994.
It enjoyed an increase in sales in 2013, largely thanks to the VH1 biopic ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story‘, which aired on October 21, 2013 and broke viewing records for a cable television movie. T-Boz and Chilli served as executive producers.
The album rose in sales continuously during that period, resulting in it’s steady pace of re-entries on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2013. It reached it’s peak position of #3 back on July 29, 1995.
‘CrazySexyCool’ now ties with the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Wide Open Spaces‘ album as the highest RIAA certified album by a female band (they are both currently 12x).
We’re just patiently awaiting the official updated sales for their 1999 follow-up, ‘FanMail‘, which the girls recently stated is also very close to achieving diamond status! With the recent exclusive re-release of the album, it shouldn’t be too long until this happens.
Vinyl Me, Please are blessing us at the right time this year, on the 20th anniversary of the amazing Fanmail album, originally released in February 1999, by giving the album a special re-release on a unique vinyl!
This is the first time the album has been re-released on vinyl. It will be a limited release, with only 1000 pressings being produced, exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please.
Arriving five years after their pop breakthrough, FanMail was a comeback album meant as a message to TLC’s loyal fans.
The album also comes with a bonus 7″ vinyl, which features an extended version of the smash single, “No Scrubs“, as well as the bonus track, “U In Me” (previously only available in Japan).
In addition to Fanmail, Vinyl Me, Please are also re-launching limited pressings of the record-breaking, diamond-certified CrazySexyCool album! Both records will be pressed on exclusively red and blue swirled colored vinyls.
TLC were in a weird place in the years leading up to FanMail; their manager had allegedly taken most of their money, so the group had to declare bankruptcy, even as Waterfalls from CrazySexyCool became one of the biggest songs of the ’90s.
As the group figured out what to do next and got their business lives in order, they started receiving boxes of letters from fans encouraging them to keep going.
The group poured that inspiration into FanMail, their commercial smash third album, which ran the gamut of late ’90s R&B styles, and created a word for the collective lexicon that’s struck fear in shitty men since (“No Scrubs”).
Nominated for Album of the Year at the 2000 Grammys, this is the first vinyl edition of the album in 20 years. It would be the last TLC album recorded while Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was alive, as she’d die in a tragic accident in 2002.
The Vinyl Me, Please TLC bundle of both vinyl’s is currently out of stock, but you can still grab a copy of the FanMail re-issue, which will also assist in boosting those sales to gain the girls a second diamond award, which they are close to achieving!
Order your vinyl here before stock runs out!
*************December 2019 Update************
After a very lengthy delay (originally scheduled to ship in August), some of the vinyls were finally shipped in December to the customers who ordered first.
Here’s a first look at the vinyl’s, courtesy of Megan Dove.
Please note the ‘extended’ version of “No Scrubs” on the bonus 7″ is actually the Main Mix featuring Left Eye’s rap and not an overall extension of the track.
Despite this exclusive set being sold out, there is still hope for you fans out there looking to bag another vinyl exclusive!
For a limited time only, British retailer Rough Trade have the incredible ‘CrazySexyCool‘ LP on red vinyl for £29.99, limited to 1000 pressings.
You can order your copy of the exclusive red ‘CrazySexyCool’ vinyl HERE while stocks last.
Here’s how the stunning vinyl looks in person. My copy arrived within days!