It may be hard for all the teens out there to believe, but back in the 90s TLC were one of the biggest groups on the planet. The 1994 album CrazySexyCool went Diamond, meaning it was essentially standard issue for anyone in the western world, and the cultural impact of 'No Scrubs' will be felt by the feckless male for generations to come.
But like many who experience stratospheric success, the group's fall was swift and ultimately tragic. Struggles with drink, the law and a notorious case of arson soon lead to bankruptcy. A short time after that, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes died in a car accident. They've made a few albums since - as well as a couple of TV shows - but they've never recaptured whatever it was that conquered the 90s.
Now they're releasing their fifth and final album - and they need your help! T-Boz and Chilli have turned to Kickstarter in an effort to make an album for the fans, funded by them. Rewards range from selecting the tracks which get remixed, right up to a slumber party with T-Boz in LA. That will set you back $5,000, and I can only imagine it will be an awkard evening with a robust security presence.
But Kickstarter's proven me wrong before, and I'm sure it will again when this hits the $150,000 target. Someone's already claimed one of the sleepover spots, so you better hurry if you want one of the remaining four. The group uploaded some excellent snaps to the funding page too:
Check out the entire pitch here.