TLC’s ‘What About Your Friends': Throwback Video Of the Day
In 1992, TLC changed the landscape of what R&B girl groups looked and sounded like with their debut, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip.
Their vibe — later coined as "crazy, sexy, cool" — was a breath of fresh air, and catapulted them to international fame, helping them sell 22 million albums in the process. The third single from their debut album, "What About Your Friends," encompasses TLC's appeal perfectly — fun, flirty and heartfelt.
Written by producer/songwriter Dallas Austin and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the song was released as the group's third single, after "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "Baby-Baby-Baby." The track peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1992, becoming TLC's third consecutive top 10 single.
The video keeps a similar tone as their early visuals — with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lopes and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas rocking Cross Colours with suspenders and condoms pinned to their clothes.
The clip shows T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli hanging out in front of a graffiti wall at a block party and showing off some of their choreography. It's all about the group effort here — the video really doesn't capture their individual vibes, as future clips would.
They do, however, represent Atlanta, with one scene captioned "It's an Atlanta thang" in digital graffiti, and a quick cameo from Jermaine Dupri, as well.
This isn't one of TLC's most iconic videos, but it's definitely one of their zaniest, perfectly capturing the chemistry and wild dynamic of the group in their early days.
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