It topped the chart for four consecutive weeks and was later certificated platinum in sales. [3][8] Thomas said, "We were looking at it and said, 'Whoever did this video has to do the "Creep" video.' [9] The group denied being inspired by Radiohead's 1992 track with the same name. 1 st Interesting Stuff: “No He invited Watkins to contribute vocals for a new verse. [173] The track's new content finds Bellinger making promises to never cheat on his lover. [13] She then repeats the lines "oh-I, oh-I, oh-I", which was compared by Spin's Terry Sutton to Watkins finding "a spiritual instruction in vowel sounds" before starting the song's first verse. [8][50][112] Added to these takes are a few close-up shots of a twirling blue trumpet. Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such. "[51], In 1995, "Creep" was nominated for three categories at the first Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards: Best R&B/Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo; R&B/Soul Song of the Year; and R&B/Soul Music Video of the Year. [163] According to Spin, "Creep" was also reportedly sung by the famous Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton. [103][99][19] David Asante of MOBO Awards' blog called it "one of the most celebrated pop videos of all time". Plus, this was 1999: TLC had to face competition from another three-piece girl group on the rise, and TLC's destiny was to eventually fade in comparison. It won the first of these awards. [8][98], Rolston brought his team including make-up artist, wardrobe-hair stylist, dancers and choreographer, but had a few creative conflicts with the group. [79][80][81][82][83] The song appeared on Canada's RPM magazine's Top Singles top-forty, year-end dance chart at number 35. "Creep" is a song recorded by American singing group TLC for their second studio album CrazySexyCool (1994). [129] Keri Hilson's 2010 music video "Pretty Girl Rock" had the singer with two backup dancers dressed in silk pajamas imitating Watkins and the group from the original clip. The video ends with the trio dancing arguing jokingly. Use the boards for extended discussion. The trio contacted Matthew Rolston to film a music video after seeing his work for Salt-N-Pepa. [48], Aaron went on say the track marked a "commercial/artistic apex" for Austin's career. [131][132] In 2016, the pajamas were said to have inspired Thomas and rapper-actor Nick Cannon's outfits in his music video for "If I Was Your Man", where Thomas has a cameo role as Cannon's love interest. [105][106] She remembered Rolston's choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr., "locked" the girls out from providing ideas as they were practicing the new dance moves. [115] Throughout the clip, Watkins keeps giving the man an incredulous look that suggests he might be cheating. [111] It opens with each girl, wearing different colored, barely buttoned and wind-blown silk pajamas, singing and dancing individually in front of a distinct brightly colored background. [28], Watkins recalled that LaFace Records' co-founder Antonio "L.A." Reid "flipped out" when he first heard "Creep"[2] and the track became CrazySexyCool's first single on October 31, 1994, despite Lopes' disagreement with the choice. [8][122], Lindsay Zoladz, a writer of Pitchfork, observed when most people think of TLC, their brains immediately go to the sounds and images of CrazySexyCool—"Waterfalls", "Red Light Special" and the silk pajamas in "Creep". [35] Jermaine Dupri—who was working closely with TLC and had expressed his admiration for the song—collaborated with Shannon Houchins to create "Jermaine's Jeep Mix". "No Scrubs" definitely earns some points for its cultural impact; it definitely was a hallmark of the girl power movement in the states, being a far superior alternative to the "spicy" offerings offered to our British fellows. [44] From the same publication, Benjamin Chesna and Edwin Ortiz credited the song with making infidelity sound "empowering" while praising Austin's "silky smooth production", adding: "[Watkins] forced you into the arms of another lady, now you just have to keep it on the down low". [102] When their management suggested having the video re-edited, the group declined[102] and reached out to Rolston to schedule an August 1994 shoot in Los Angeles. [43][25][30] "In many ways, TLC at least musically, were best when they were the most subtle", commented Complex's Michael Arceneaux, who found the track's content "refreshing" for displaying women who "muddy up right and wrong in a relationship". 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[74][75] It reached the number four spot in New Zealand, becoming TLC's highest listed single in the country at the time. Don't post randomness/off-topic comments. [52][53] The song received two nominations at the 38th Grammy Awards, for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, winning the latter. Harvell continued to say that Austin even managed to make scratching, "that emblem of noisy hip-hop ruckus", sound "smooth".[23]. "[8] She said several times the video they had watched was "Whatta Man", however, during an interview with MTV in 1995, the show said it was "None of Your Business", a video also shot by Rolston that has more visual similarities to the final "Creep" video. Be respectful! Slay Queen *shotgun sounds get louder and closer*, female vocals, lush, boastful, melodic, rebellious, love, mellow, romantic. [145], In October 1999, they performed the song in their famous silk pajamas during FanMail Tour's third act, which represented the songs of CrazySexyCool. [98][118][119], Many publications considered the video "iconic" and "classic". [71] Retrospectively, "Creep" was listed at number 21 on Billboard Hot 100's decade-end list of the 1990s, and became the fourth-most-successful song on the chart by a girl group. CrazyVideoCool included excerpts of previously-scrapped versions and commentary from TLC. [98][99][100] L.A. Reid and the trio decided to scrap both versions which did not show their growth as women, and had "grimy" images with bad lighting. [84][85] It also charted in Belgium, Sweden and the European Hot 100 Singles. Watkins is confirmed to have a cameo on its music video, which remains unreleased.[175]. Published by EMI April Music Inc., Darp Music (ASCAP), Carl Glover – record engineering assistance, Brian Smith – record engineering assistance, This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 21:52. [17][27][13][28] According to The Telegraph, the group delivered it with an "empowered" attitude with Prince-style eroticism. [124] In the book Experiencing Music Video: Aesthetics and Cultural Context, author Carol Vernallis felt the women's outfits in "Creep" suggested their "sexual availability" but the low-angle camera placement, and the texture and movement of billowing silk fabric suggest a "phallic sexuality". Many girls wore cropped T-shirts with oversized jeans held up by thick belts. The first also lacked sufficient footage for the song's length. Just gotta love 'em. Granted it's catchy, and the backing track goes surprisingly far for being quite minimal in the end, but the delivery goes far towards the laid-back side enough that it feels almost too-casual. 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