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7 June 2017, 12:44
The group's stance hasn't mellowed with age!
We all know and love ‘No Scrubs’, the sultry 1999 mega-hit from ‘90s R&B superstars TLC. No-one’s ever been to a ‘90s night and not danced to this absolute favourite!
And, 18 years since it climbed to number in the US charts, it would appear that the song is still going strong. The lyrics are about empowering, with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas dismissing a man who isn’t quite up to scratch: “A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me / Hanging out the passenger side / Of his best friend's ride / Trying to holler at me / I don't want no scrub.”
The group conclude: “A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me.”
Message loud and clear, right? The Atlanta, Georgia musicians’ approach to the whole confusing matter of scrubs seems pretty straightforward to us. Scrubs – they don’t like ‘em. Don’t want ‘em. If you’re a scrub, TLC simply do not have time for you, we’re afraid.
But one fan has been wondering if time has softened their stance on the thorny issue of what to do about a scrub. American actor Paul F. Tompkins tweeted his 192,000 followers to ask the burning question: "Does anyone know if TLC has relaxed its policy on scrubs?"
Does anyone know if TLC has relaxed its policy on scrubs?— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) June 6, 2017
Good question, Paul!
He didn’t @ message the band in his tweet, but the remaining members (Lisa Left Eyes Lopes sadly passed away in 2002) spied the tweet anyway, and offered a fantastic response: “Hell no!”
hell no!— TLC (@OfficialTLC) June 6, 2017
Well, that’s that cleared up, then! This will make us enjoy the song even more when hear it out and about. Some of us mellow with age, but not TLC!