Wondering where one of your fave Nineties girl bands went after Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes passed away? We've got all the details
The early years
In 1990, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Crystal Jones formed TLC (an acronym of all their first names). But Crystal was booted out of the group before the ink was dry on their first record contract, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, a former backing dancer, was brought in as her replacement. TLR didn’t have quite the same ring to it, so they kept the name TLC and their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip, was released in 1992.
Then what happened?
The girls supported MC Hammer on tour and their second album, 1994’s CrazySexyCool, gave them huge hit singles Creep and Waterfalls. But behind the scenes things were unravelling. Lisa was in a fiery relationship with American football player Andre Rison and struggling with alcoholism, while Tionne was battling sickle-cell anaemia. Then, in 1995, the girls had to declare themselves bankrupt.
But they didn’t break up?
No, they left their management deal, which they felt was causing some of their financial problems, and released two more albums FanMail in 1999 and 3D in 2002. But tragedy struck before the release of 3D when Lisa, aged just 30, was killed in a car accident in Honduras. Since she’d already recorded vocals for some of the songs on the album, the group decided to put it out anyway and then disband.
So what are the others up to now?
T-Boz and Chilli have worked together since TLC ended. Rozonda appeared on Tionne’s reality show Totally T-Boz and they were both executive producers on VH1’s 2013 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC story. Tionne’s also been a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America since the mid-90s and recently organised a concert to raise money for a support group.
They’re planning a comeback! In January 2015, Chilli, now 44, and T-Boz, now 45, announced plans to record a final album with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Within days of it going live they hit their $150,000 target – even Katy Perry donated $5,000! The album is expected later this year.