It might interest folks to know that TLC almost had a slightly different lineup since Rozonda Thomas wasn’t an original member of the group when Tionne Watkins and Lisa Lopes first got put together. Crystal Jones was initially their third, but it was deduced that she really didn’t fit so she’d have to go. Thomas was brought on not too long after this and TLC was complete, becoming one of the most popular bands of all time as they began to tear up the charts and showcase their talent around the globe. In 2002 however tragedy struck when Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes was killed in a car accident. Watkins and Thomas did try to find a replacement after a while, but eventually decided that they weren’t going to replace Lisa as there really wasn’t anyone that, in their minds, could do what she’d done for the group. But ever since they got started TLC has been making hits and wowing their audiences.
Here are a few of their songs that have been used in movies and TV.
5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Sleigh Ride
One might think that the McAllister family would take a more accurate headcount and then keep their kids with them at all times, but then again it’s a big family and things tend to happen….to the same kid. Think of what might happen if Buzz or any of the others were lost in New York on their own. The mayhem that Kevin gets into might be inspired by comparison to be honest. But given that he’s a smart kid and somehow gets by on luck thanks to this movie it’s enough to think that it’s best to just sit back and enjoy the cartoonish ride that the movie takes the viewer on since in reality things would almost never happen this way.
4. Poetic Justice – Get It Up
The connections we make in life are sometimes strong enough to maintain through anything as is seen in this film. When Lucky and Justice go on a road trip with friends they end up becoming very close and despite the necessary removal of one of their friends they still make it to their destination. Upon arriving however Lucky finds out that his cousin has been killed and lashes out at Justice for distracting him and taking too much time to arrive. Later on near the end of the film however he apologizes for his harsh words and introduces her to his daughter as it’s discovered that their bond is as strong as ever.
3. Saturday Night Live – Red Light Special
It’d be interesting to see if TLC would ever come back on SNL and if they would be welcomed. They’re not one of those groups that’s been blacklisted thankfully since they’ve put on a pretty good show wherever they’ve gone. But without Left-Eye it somehow seems as though their popularity waned a bit no matter that they did manage a comeback after some time. It’s kind of odd to think of them as TLC still with one member gone but at the same time they’re still both capable of putting out great music and being able to entertain the crowd as needed. Left-Eye’s absence is definitely felt though.
2. The Sopranos – No Scrubs
Quite honestly when you think about The Sopranos this isn’t one of the first songs that comes to mind. It’s a testament to how different generations embrace different aspects of culture as they grow up, changing the world around them as they lean away from the things their parents loved in order to listen to something else. Seriously, thinking that any wise guy would want to listen to this is kind of awkward and not at all realistic, but their daughters on the other hand seem to like it and that’s no doubt tolerable since they have a very different taste in music than their parents. That’s the way things go as time rolls on.
1. We’re the Millers – Waterfalls
This movie was great because it was supposed to be kind of corny and just a lot of fun. But when Kenny started busting out Left-Eye’s solo in Waterfalls everyone just stopped and stared at him as though he’d grown another head, because honestly if you were a young man and decided to sing this portion of the song on your own, and KNEW every single lyric, then the chances of being ridiculed became ridiculously high. But give props to the character since he fell into the music so much that he didn’t really care. Kenny was a nice kid after all and kind of an idealist so it’s not hard to see just how he would be able to close his eyes and spring into this solo.
TLC is still around and still performing no matter how awkward that might seem to some. They haven’t replaced Lopes and don’t have any plans to, which is kind of nice since it shows that she did mean a lot to them.