If you would like to share TLC lyrics with other users of this site, please see the bottom of this page on how to submit TLC lyrics. Members include Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (born Lisa Nicole Lopes on May 27, 1971, in Philadelphia, PA; died on April 25, 2002, in Honduras; one adopted daughter, Snow), rapper; Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (born on February 27, 1971, in Atlanta, GA; one son, Tron), vocals; Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (born on April 26, 1970, in Des Moines, IA; married D. Rolison [aka Mack 10, a rapper]; one daughter), vocals. Addresses: Record company--LaFace Records, One Capital City Plaza, 3350 Peachtree Rd., Ste. 1500, Atlanta, GA 30326-1040. Website--TLC Official Website: http://www.tlcfanmail.com. When TLC burst upon the scene with their colorful clothes, preaching safe sex and promoting equality, no one knew what to expect. The three young women in TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, embraced the opportunity to influence the lives of the young women who buy their records. Their music had a message, but TLC longed to do more: "We want to go to middle schools and high schools," Thomas told J. R. Reynolds of Billboard, "and let people know about life from someone their age. Sometimes we're all that kids have--they might not have that sister or auntie to talk to." The threesome stuck to this path through a fair amount of scandal and tragedy until founding member Lopes died unexpectedly in 2002. The group was much in the public eye--not just because their 1992 debut album, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, sold four million copies, but also because they achieved that success while radically redefining the R&B "girl group." While past trios, exemplified by the legendary Supremes and contemporary incarnations including Destiny's Child and SWV, presented themselves as sultry and sophisticated, TLC burst onto the music scene with baggy, boyish clothes and a hip-hop attitude borrowed from male ensembles. TLC approached the usual musical topics--love and sex--from an unusual angle, opting to talk directly to young women about self-assertiveness and self-protection. Left Eye earned her nickname for the habit of wearing a condom over the left lens of her glasses, while all three used the colorful packages to accessorize. Young black women were watching them; Joan Morgan declared in Vibe, "The trio damn near led a grassroots womanist revolution, banji-girl style."

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