Before Destiny’s Child, there was only one reigning girl trio on the scene providing a wealth of anthem-worthy tracks: TLC. The group imparted valuable life lessons, from not biting off more than you can chew (using a very apt metaphor about chasing waterfalls) and learning to love the reflection you see in the mirror. And perhaps the number one lesson for all girls: no “scrubs” allowed.
Even though the group sadly disbanded after the death of Lisa “Lefteye” Lopes, their legacy is still not dead. Almost twenty years after the release of their hit single, “Creep,” an unreleased music video for the track has surfaced (and in TLC fashion, it’s undeniably cool.)
The recently released video bears a loose storyline, and features the trio dodging T-Boz’s lonely, apartment-ridden boyfriend (complete with pet cat) to dance in their trademark dodgy treads. Only TLC could rock large, colorful chunks of Michael’s sales bin fabric with haphazard scissor cuts and pass them off as wearable tops. And their offbeat style is just another part of their undying appeal, apart from their iconic music.
TLC released “Creep” in 1994, and produced three music videos for the single due to creative differences. The original release featured the group donning silky pyjama tops and bottoms while dancing behind colored backdrops – a far departure from the newly released video, which bears a grittier feel.
The video is a worthy satisfier for my nostalgic yearning for the legendary girl trio as of late – whenever I hear “No Scrubs,” I have to stop everything as if the planets are aligning. Now please, can someone destroy the upcoming
hot mess biopic from VH1, Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story, before it airs on my television? Lil Mama is set to play Lopes, which is probably the closest thing to blasphemy and dishonoring the dead.
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