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TLC's story is one of triumph and tragedy with the 3-piece firmly regarded as one of the most successful acts of the 1990's (65 million sales and counting) but this is tempered by the untimely death of founding member Lisa Lopes in 2002. TLC were named so from the initials of its 3 members T-boz, Lisa Lopes and Chili. The girls were hip, sassy and not afraid to stand up to an industry that has a reputation for being an unwilling participant in the act of fairness. But thrive the band did and amongst the blockbuster hits such as 'Waterfalls', 'Unpretty' and 'Creep' were a smattering of Christmas songs. The first of these arrived in 2002 when the girls recorded a cover of Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' for the 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' soundtrack. With John Williams score all around TLC's rendition is a perfect fit for Kevin's (Macaulay Culkin) knockabout and hilarious attempts at keeping his old foes (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci) at bay with plenty of vocal twists and turn. The girls turn this old chestnut on its head giving it a radical R&B overhaul which means for the most part it sounds like a completely different proposition from what Anderson had initially envisaged.

The following year TLC were at it again and this time they were joined by a smattering of other LaFace artists in recording a Christmas song for their shared record label. TLC’s 'All I Want for Christmas' sat merrily alongside songs by Usher, Toni Braxton and OutKast on 'A LaFace Family Christmas'. Not that 'merry' is the best way to describe the relationship between TLC and LaFace which would badly disintegrate as the nineties drew on but 'All I Want for Christmas' is awash with classy harmonies and good vibes. With the compilation fairing badly 'All I Want for Christmas' is mostly forgotten which is a shame given its originality. TLC's earlier cover of 'Sleigh Ride' was also included on ‘A LaFace Family Christmas'.

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