Twenty-one years ago TLC’s social commentary hit ballad ‘Waterfalls’ was number one on the charts for seven weeks. The song was released as the third single in 1994 from their Crazy Sexy Cool album. The song famously tackled issues of dealing drugs, promiscuity and HIV/AIDS.
Often considered the group’s signature song, “Waterfalls” received critical acclaim, earning two Grammy nominations at the 38th Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
In the video we see a young man go against his mother’s advice to stop selling drugs and is killed before a drug deal. In other scenes, a woman in a relationship is shown convincing her partner not to use a condom. He then sees a small photo frame on the dresser, showing all the people she has had sex with previously. The video also is interspersed with scenes of TLC performing to the song while standing on top of an ocean and performing in front of a real waterfall.
‘Waterfalls’ was written by band member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes with Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize. The video won four awards at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards: Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best R&B Video, and the Viewer’s Choice Award.
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls,
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to,
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all,
But I think you’re moving too fast…”
Summer 2015 TLC will join Nelly and New Kids on the Block on tour. The groups remaining members, T-Boz and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, will also release a new album of TLC material following a successful Kickstarter campaign.