For a generation of kids (especially the obese and reclusive ones) growing up in the 90’s and seeking solace in music, TLC’s iconic 1994 album ‘CrazySexyCool‘ was THE album to listen to on repeat, while ‘Waterfalls‘ was an anthem that upped the game for the music industry as a whole – especially cuz of the visually arresting F. Gary Gray directed-clip that accompanied the song. ‘Waterfalls‘ eventually went on to spend 7 weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and won the group 2 Grammy’s and 4 MTV VMA’s – including the coveted Video Of The Year award.
Now y’all know I belong to the school of thought that staunchly believes in the fact that NOTHING from the 90’s should ever be touched or recreated by anyone whatsoever. Let the classics be. They’re one of a kind. So it was, but obvious, that I wasn’t exactly over the moon about British R’n’B group Stooshe (consisting of Alexandra Buggs, Courtnet Rumbold and Karis Anderson) recreating ‘Waterfalls‘. After Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopez’s untimely passing in 2001 (the ‘L’ in TLC for all the lessers who have no idea who they are), recreating anything from TLC’s discography would be blasphemous. The remaining members T-Boz and Chili have not recorded new material without Lisa’s vocals, and neither have they replaced Lisa with a new member, although there were auditions held in search of the next member. As a fan, I felt it would be too sacred a rule to violate. You cannot possibly hold auditions for the next Beetle or Rolling Stone or Spice Girl, especially after one passes away. But after watching Stooshe’s version of TLC’s masterpiece, I’m not exactly shattered, pissed or appalled. Stooshe’s version of ‘Waterfalls‘ seems like a tribute to the original version, with the group sticking to the original format of the song, with barely a few changes here and there – like converting Left-Eye’s rap verses into a musical interlude (of course there was no way one could re-create those legendary verses which Lisa rapped with unparalleled fierceness and conviction). The video too seems like a shout-out to the original version, done with a touch of class befitting this generation. The icing on the cake? An appearance by the remaining members of TLC, T-Boz and Chili towards the end of the video which literally makes everything ok – especially since it brings back vivid memories of how powerful and game-changing the original song, the album as well as the band was back in the day. You might get a little misty-eyed here in case you’re a 90’s baybeh like me. A blessing from TLC? I’m very here for this. ‘Waterfalls‘ serves as the third single from Stooshe’s upcoming self titled début album, releasing on November 12th, 2012, and it follows the massively successful top 5 hits on the UK Top 40 Singles Chart, ‘Love Me‘ (featuring Travie McCoy) and ‘Black Heart‘.
Check out Stooshe’s version of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls‘ right here :