doggie (hjalmartazar) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

TLC's album FanMail recently turned 20 years old!

Do you feel old?

Short clip (it's captioned throughout) shows group members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in interviews and concert footage following the release of the album. Left Eye talks about the meaning of the album title and how fans supported them. The group discusses their 8 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, FanMail went on to win Best R&B Album, and No Scrubs won for both Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song.

An album retrospective was just published on Billboard:

  • T-Boz talks about how Lisa "Left Eye" had left the group to do a solo thing, and in her absence they used a computer voice, Vic-E, to do the raps. "[W]e picked Vic-E because she sounded sexy. When Lisa got back on board, she said, 'Well shit, let's go ahead and make it a character!'"

  • On the album cover: “We were actually painted with real silver paint,” reveals Chilli. "I showered so much for a whole week! It was behind the ears, on our neck, under our chin, around our nose -- just everywhere. That was not digitally altered at all. We went in for real.”

  • They discuss each track in the album. On the album's first single, No Scrubs, Chilli says: "The reason I knew [the song] was going to be big because what it's talking about is so relatable to every woman in America. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, scrubs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So it was just a universal song that every woman can high-five each other with. It was a winner."

  • Check the source for the rest of the album discussion!

Sadly, FanMail was the group's last album released in Lisa's lifetime. She died in 2002 in a car crash before their fourth album was released.

Performance of their #1 song "Unpretty"

SOURCES 1 2 3 4 5
Tags: #1, 1990s, black celebrities, music / musician, music / musician (r&b and soul), nostalgia
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