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TLCBe With Records
Creep / Waterfalls
Released: 7th August 2020
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TLC’s “Creep” and “Waterfalls” are both stone cold killers from the golden age of American
R&B. Here they are again, back to back on a jukebox 7", just as they appeared back in 1996.
Name a more iconic duo.
As far as Be With is concerned, the mid-90s remains a high point for this supreme musical
expression, and these two tunes from T-Boz, Left-Eye and Chilli sit pretty much at the summit. A pair
of canonical guaranteed party starters if ever we heard them.
The achingly cool funk of “Creep” was the lead single from TLC’s second album CrazySexyCool.
Released in 1994 it was the R&B trio’s first worldwide smash, and hit number one on Billboard’s Hot
100. This is a sophisticated head-nod gem. A breezy horn refrain, speaker smashing beats and the
Slick Rick samples blend sumptuously with the defiant lyrics to create an eternal sun-drenched
Written from inside the head of a woman who’s cheating on her shitbag boyfriend just to feel wanted,
Dallas Austin penned the lyrics for “Creep” after talking with lead singer, T-Boz. “Unfortunately, that
was one of my true stories,” T-Boz said in 2015. “You’re with a guy and he’s not showing you
attention, so another guy comes along and you’re like, ‘Hey, if you were where you were supposed to
be, he couldn’t be showing me attention right now!’”
On the flip, “Waterfalls”, also off CrazySexyCool, was no mere follow-up single. This was TLC’s
version of alternative music, a song with a strong message: “the idea that pursuing anything that’s
self-destructive, that’s chasing a waterfall”. To the three of them, this meant “unprotected sex, being
promiscuous, and hanging out in the wrong crowd”. The message hits home hard, now as much as
ever, and it’s probably why “Waterfalls” remains their biggest track. But the mighty Organized Noize
also deserve some credit. They produced “Waterfalls” after working with Outkast and Goodie Mob
and brought along that same in-the-pocket funk, that soulful sound that was their signature.