OOOHHHH...on the TLC tip: the TLC singles poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Waterfalls 15
Creep 12
No Scrubs 5
Silly Ho 4
Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg 3
Unpretty 1
What About Your Friends? 1
Hands Up 1
Come Get Some 0
Turntable 0
Damaged 0
Girl Talk 0
Dear Lie 0
Get It Up 0
I'm Good At Being Bad 0
Baby-Baby-Baby 0
Diggin' On You 0
Hat 2 Da Back 0
Red Light Special 0
I Bet 0


lex pretend, Sunday, 15 March 2009 19:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

i didn't realise at the time, but how fucking bold is 'ain't 2 proud 2 beg' as a career-launching single? so wanton, and left eye's no-nonsense self-respect works with the wantonness, not against it.

there isn't a dud among these until after left eye (RIP) passed away. i'm not sure i even heard the last few, does anyone want to rep for them?

i thiiiink my vote is going to end up going to 'silly ho', such misanthropic contempt there.

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 March 2009 19:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

lots of good but has to be No Scrubs

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Sunday, 15 March 2009 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was thinking about listening to the post-left eye album the other day, this may be enough of a reminder for me to do so (if it's on Spotify). I can't even remember what it's called.

Voted Unpretty and now feel bad I didn't vote for [pick other great tune depending on how my mood takes me].

i wants a sandwich now (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 15 March 2009 19:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

tempted by "what about your friends," but i should go back and listen to all of them again.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 15 March 2009 19:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

i gotta admit...i've always liked waterfalls...one of the best "message" songs of the '90s...

sing everybody deutsche deutsche (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

A lotta songs here I really like, but there are very few things I wouldn't vote for "Creep" over.

Jordi La Sarge (The Reverend), Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Marked in ink as favorites on my copy of the CD: "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Get It Up," "Creep," "No Scrubs," "Unpretty," "Girl Talk."

Marked as don't like them at all: "Red Light Special," "Silly Ho," "In Your Arms Tonight."

I still have severe reservations about "Waterfalls," though.

Voting for "Creep."

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

what don't you like about 'silly hp', xhuxk?

'red light special' is another favourite of mine, the contrast between babyface's warm, inviting production and the ambivalent vocal creates this odd tension. it's unusual for an r&b slow jam in that ultimately the focus isn't on the subject. it's sung from the perspective of someone who just wants some anonymous sex with anyone to fuck the pain away, the "you" could be anyone (though she's never anonymous), and the focus is on her pleasure. and that anonymity is what a "red light special" really is. there's no tenderness in a line like "if i move too fast, just let me know - cuz it means you move too slow". but she's never detached or cold, she's heavily invested in the situation and her own needs.

(parenthetical aside: have we ever talked about the babyface influence on the-dream's thread??),

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard anything post-"unpretty"

tough one. probably joining "creep" crew. have a fondness for "baby-baby-baby" tho

double dutch bus schedule (donna rouge), Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

"No Scrubs" for me.

Last Exit to Steve Brookstein (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 15 March 2009 20:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

will also rep for 'diggin on you' - most aloof, noncommittal declaration of love "or somethin like that" ever. t-boz never loses her cool.

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Creep."

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

(and I'll sign on to lex's take on "Red Light Special")

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Though these are all great (I haven't heard the last 2) as surely the resident Left Eye fangirl I have to vote for Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg, it's just so excellent and has been a favourite song for so very long. Ooooh.. was one of the first CDs (not tapes) I ever bought and I still have my worn but cherished copy.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Would have voted Sumthin Wicked This Way Comes if it had been a single, mind...)

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Waterfalls", although "Unpretty" is also great.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

re "Red Light Special":

The two guitar solos that runs through the whole song are written and played by Slash.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Would have voted Sumthin Wicked This Way Comes if it had been a single, mind...)

Yes! I had forgotten all about this one, I'm going to listen to it right now. As it is, 'Creep'

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Silly Ho

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Speedy Gonzales couldn't stop the way I spin it/I'm known for breaking every speed limit

FACT: It's a really good thing TLC isn't played much in bars because I know 90% of Lisa's raps and look really dorky, as a 6'1" white redhead, when I start rapping in bars..

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

her dialogue w/herself in 'kick your game'!

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

ohh!! I called you twice/You called me once - I thought that was a single but I guess not! I think it would have been stronger than Diggin' On You.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay, it's going to have to be a TLC afternoon, thank you lex, from another lex..

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp Just really can't stomach the hushed, detached vocals in "Silly Ho" and "Red Light Special." Have nothing against the subject matter, and actually don't mind the smooth guitar jazz that opens the latter, after which the song turns so ridiculously sluggish in its failed attempt at sexiness that I just push reject. More of a tune would help both songs, too. Also more Left Eye. ("In Your Arms Tonight," for its part, just sounds half-assed.)

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

aint too proud to beg

quality debut, cool video

napoleon_dynarod, Sunday, 15 March 2009 21:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

A lotta songs here I really like, but there are very few things I wouldn't vote for "Creep" over.

Yes.

ilxor, Monday, 16 March 2009 01:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

top 10:

1. creep
2. baby baby baby
3. hands up (underrated song... 3D is an underrated album in general...)
4. red light special
5. unpretty
6. silly ho
7. diggin on you
8. no scrubs
9. aint 2 proud to beg
10. girl talk

sheets was skeeted on (The Brainwasher), Monday, 16 March 2009 04:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

I actually voted for "hands up" tho since no one else will

sheets was skeeted on (The Brainwasher), Monday, 16 March 2009 04:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

gonna be challopsy and rep for "Silly Ho" and "Girl Talk" over all the big hits.

Goons have finally discovered this thread! Hello goons! (some dude), Monday, 16 March 2009 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Naw, "Silly Ho" is my favorite post-CrazySexyCool TLC joint.

Jordi La Sarge (The Reverend), Monday, 16 March 2009 06:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 22 March 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 23 March 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok

abe being busy (k3vin k.), Monday, 23 March 2009 00:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

creep vs. waterfalls would def be a creep win, I think

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 00:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

tlc's music pretty much needs to be considered using the french electoral system

iatee, Monday, 23 March 2009 00:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Red Light Special 0

O_O

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Tuesday, 31 August 2010 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

cannot believe this

peacocks, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

creep is excellent though. unpretty and what about your friends should have gotten more.

peacocks, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

not that i would've voted for it but this was a jam, shoulda been an option:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hlT1rTxa_0

some dude, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Baby-Baby-Baby 0
Diggin' On You 0

also ;_;

bernard goony (The Reverend), Tuesday, 31 August 2010 23:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol waterfalls really guys

a cankle of rads (Gukbe), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 00:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Red Light Special 0

I forgot to vote for it...

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 00:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

RLS woulda gotten my vote, that it got 0 = o_O

funky brewster (San Te), Thursday, 2 September 2010 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

a scrub is a guy that can get no love

dayo, Sunday, 7 August 2011 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

what about your friends? is really great

horseshoe, Sunday, 7 August 2011 22:12 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

challop -- many of these have aged a little poorly

my favs these days are "red light special" and "unpretty"

k3vin k., Friday, 8 September 2017 19:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you can tell lex is not on ILM any more because the new has been barely mentioned. It's really good. It's both very much in character for them and sounds like a natural fit for whatever r&b is in 2017.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

djp made a thread for it; i personally am still trying to find time to listen to it lol

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 September 2017 16:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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