The UK were blessed with a surprise dose of TLC this week!
Chilli made an exclusive and debut appearance on the British breakfast television show, Good Morning Britain, on January 24, 2020 to talk everything TLC and to promote their upcoming show in London this summer on the 25th anniversary of their best-selling album, ‘CrazySexyCool‘.
T-Boz was unable to join her in the interview, which was a live satellite transmission from their studio in Los Angeles, as she had to take her daughter, Chase Rolison, to the hospital. So, Chilli held it down for her sister on her own.
Chilli talked to hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway about everything, from what she thinks about her UK fans and the weather, to how the ground-breaking hit “Waterfalls” was created and continuing the group to honor Left Eye.
She explained how they came up with the iconic dance to accompany the major hit. “It was born from a dance called the Bankhead Bounce, but we had to slow it down for “Waterfalls”, and put a little lean to it”, she told the presenters.
Chilli said it was a blessing that TLC’s music has stood the test of time and continues to sound as fresh today as it was back in the day. “When you’re in the studio working, you hope and you pray that you have timeless music. You don’t know at the time, so only time can tell you. It’s been a lot of years later and people still love the song. I think the lyrical content is what people can relate to and understand, so that helps, too”.
When asked about whether they have ever been asked to hire a new 3rd member to replace Left Eye, Chilli reassures us that no member of TLC can ever be replaced, implying that people are finally understanding that fact, after continuing to tour as a duo with T-Boz over the years, keeping Lisa’s legacy alive and never muting her raps.
Chilli was surprised by Kate Garraway questioning her about Left Eye taking a day release from ‘prison’ to record for “CrazySexyCool”.
In 1994, Lisa was sentenced to five years probation at a diversion center after she set fire to her ex-boyfriend Andre Rison‘s trainers and subsequently burned down their home.
Clearly astounded by Kate’s line of questioning, a perplexed Chilli asked: ‘Did you say prison?’
She then asked: ‘Jail?’ before simply laughing at Kate and brushed off the subject completely.
However, she did add: ‘We weren’t able to record at the same time, but she was very much a part of that.’
T-Boz, who saw the interview later on, was also disappointed in Kate’s questioning, and took to her Twitter to make a statement. “It’s quite disappointing that Kate Garraway of Good Morning Britain decided to bait Chilli (who handled it very well) by disrespecting Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the midst of spreading false information during an interview.
T-Boz went on to school Kate on the facts of the subject she was trying to refer to during the interview. “Lisa was in a diversion center not “Prison” and that is completely unacceptable. It’s CLEAR Kate didn’t do her homework and stood by her preposterous statement. Sadly, Chilli never got a chance to promote our June 29th upcoming show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire which was the point of the interview.”
GMB viewers were quick to pick up on the tension, as they took to Twitter to comment on the exchange.
The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was bound to be an outstanding success with the addition of the services of the legendary TLC!
Earlier this month, we reported that T-Boz and Chilli would take to the stage at this years parade, something the girls try not to make a habit to do, as they prefer to be with their loved one’s during the holidays.
However, the sacrifice most definitely paid off! They sounded as fierce as ever as they performed “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls” during the New York City event on Nov. 28. The ladies were bundled up in all-white Winter gear for the cold weather while performing their classics to help people who were up early working on cooking their Thanksgiving meal to get their groove on.
TLC had the pleasure of performing on the stunning Splashing Safari Adventure float, surrounded by rivers, water slides and exotic African wild animals, including a giant animatronic elephant, which the ladies performed under.
The float was provided by Kalahri Resorts to represent America’s largest indoor waterpark resorts conventions, with locations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Other acts performing at the parade included Kelly Rowland, Ashanti, Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, Chicago, Idina Menzel, NCT 127 and more.
Soon after the performance, the ladies were whisked off to be reunited with their families for the holidays!
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.