“Left Eye” Replaced In TLC’s Waterfalls Remake

July 2, 2013


TLC, the successful girl group during the 1990s, has remade one of their hit songs “Waterfalls”. Seems like all the former groups from over a decade ago are trying to squeeze back into the spot light!

The trio consisted of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, hence the creation of TLC. During their active years, the group achieved a raining amount of success. Their second album, CrazySexyCool, went certified diamond, which was the first for any female group. The tour following their third album became the highest grossing tour of all time by a female group. Throughout the years, they managed to rack up four Grammy awards. Success didn’t come easy for them in any way; they worked hard to get to where they wanted.

“Waterfalls” can be considered the group’s most well-known and successful single, having spent seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, in April of 2002, Lisa Lopes suffered from a fatal car crash in Honduras. In honor of Waterfalls 20th anniversary, Watkins and Thomas decided to re-record the hit, replacing Lopes with Japanese pop star Namie Amuro.

Although the remake will only be available in Japan, the Lopes family was [understandably] upset. Lopes’ sister stated about the song, “I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a head up before being surprised.” Looks like they were kept out of the loop, ouch.

Watkins and Thomas will be appearing at the Mixtape Festival on Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th as TLC.

What are your thoughts about the remake? Should they have left the original song in order to honor Left Eye? Or was no harm done?

-Aisha R.


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