Iconic R’n’B trio TLC had a multitude of hits during the 1990s. From ‘No Scrubs’ to ‘Waterfalls’, the three-piece outfit undoubtedly made a musical impact with their catchy hooks and outlandish aesthetic.
The collective, initially comprised of Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, was a far cry from Destiny’s Child and other squeaky-clean girl groups and made some fantastic alternative material. However, there is one song that the collective made that they actually don’t care for.
The track that the two remaining members of TLC are now regretting is their 1994 single ‘Creep.’ The song was a huge hit, debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making them the first girl group in history to have a single reach the top spot. However, the late Lisa Lopes despised the track even after its release. In an interview with VH1 for their series ‘Behind The Music,’ the vocalist disclosed her disdain for the song stating, “I was totally 100% against ‘Creep’ when it was supposed to come out, and for the first two albums I was against the first single.”
The singer continued, “‘Creep’ I was totally against that song because I wasn’t down with the cheating on your man. For me, it’s: be faithful. I just didn’t believe it! I didn’t know [I was] like, ‘Is this the kind of message we should be sending out to people?!’ and I fought against that single coming out!” However, Lopes wasn’t the only individual involved who dislike the track. In a 2015 interview with Billboard magazine, T-Boz revealed that the head of their label LA Reid, “flipped out” when he heard the song.
In her interview with VH1, Lopes admitted that she suggested the song convert a different message. Speaking about her approach to the subject matter of cheating, the singer stated, “If a girl is going to catch her man cheating…this was my thing. Instead of telling her to cheat back, why don’t we tell her to just leave?!”
However, the song went on to earn TLC their first-ever Grammy award. The track was the lead single for the trio’s 1994 album, CrazySexyCool, which also boasted ‘Waterfalls,’ TLC’s most successful track of all time.
You can watch Left Eye’s interview in the video below.