TLC is quite precious to me. CrazySexyCool was the first album I ever bought and I lived and breathed it throughout the course of my pre-teen angst. I even walked around (looking extremely stupid and non-threatening) in off-the-shoulder overalls with the added desperation of a Crayola black marker line under my left eye for a spell. So a tender heart I had when I took in the sneak-preview of made-for-TV biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which will debut on October 21st on VH1. Nostalgia hit me like a ton of bricks as Lil' Mama (Left Eye), Keke Palmer (Chilli), and Drew Sidora (T-Boz) bounced on the screen reenacting scenes of the group's most iconic videos a la "Creep", "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls".
I have to say all of it, the clothes, mannerisms, and (wow) the music videos, actually look and feel quite authentic, and after sneering at the initial the news, I'm warming up to the idea of this film, especially since TLC were quite long overdue for some recognition and the three ladies fantastically capture the look and attitude of the group. And I can't believe I'm typing this right now, but Lil' Mama is giving me downright chills as Left Eye so much so that I had to kind of look away for a bit when her parts came up. Spooky.
Obviously the movie doesn't have Emmy scribbled all over it, but I'm hoping that we get to learn things about the group that we didn't already know before as well as have a good time reminiscing of those flannel and Doc Marten days. Already it doesn't look to be the catastrophe that was the MC Hammer tale was and it hasn't brought the second embarrassment like the time Flex Alexander put mime makeup on his face and was "Michael Jackson", so we can all breathe with relief that TLC's story will be done with some tender loving care. Dig the sneak-peek after the cut.