Sandwiched between the #1 hits "Creep
" and "Waterfalls
," "Red Light Special" was released as the second single from TLC's second album, CrazySexyCool
. The group was signed to LaFace Records, an Atlanta-based collaboration between L.A. Reid and Babyface that could call on top talent. They had the top producers in the game work on the album - Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, P. Diddy - and pushed it with lots of promotion.
TLC was a local act that came on the scene with a fun, sexy look and sound that popped on radio and MTV. They got more refined for their second album, which did some character development, labelling each girl by a singular description:
Left Eye: crazy
The songs got loads of airplay and the girls got heaps of press coverage. CrazySexyCool
went on to sell a staggering 12 million copies just in America; it stands as a defining album from the era, bringing R&B-pop to a new level.