K: Killings, Debra
Debra Killings should be cited as the fourth member of TLC. Killings sang on a number of TLC’s biggest hits throughout the years, serving as a background vocalist and often standing in for Lopes, whose vocals was reduced in later years. Most notably, she appeared on “Waterfalls,” which during the recording of Lopes was in rehab. Fun fact: Cee-Lo Green also sang back up on the hit single.
L: LaFace Records
LaFace Records was TLC’s original label and responsible for several other major acts of the 1990s. The group’s label mates included Toni Braxton, Goodie Mob, OutKast. and Usher. The label was a joint venture between Reid and Edmonds, who were both pivotal in TLC’s music career producing a large number of their hits.
M: MTV 20
A 2001 celebration of the network’s twentieth anniversary also served as the last time the group’s original incarnation performing together. The group was already dissolving, with Lopes working on solo projects and fighting with Watkins and Thomas. Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras while filming a documentary that later aired on VH1 (see: V).
It’s all that and some more! In 1994, the group recorded the theme song for Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy show, All That, which introduced fans to Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon during its ten year run. This is the moment where we somehow blame TLC for the Bynes we have today. Just kidding! No one is responsible for that train wreck.
O: Organized Noise
The Atlanta-based hip-hop production team was behind TLC’s biggest hit, “Waterfalls.” They have also produced for En Vogue, Ludacris, Goodie Mob and, most notably, OutKast. The last two groups were part of Organized Noise’s collective, Dungeon Family.