In the wake of the buzz surrounding Holo-Pac, the Me-Toos of musical irrelevance are beginning to pour out of the woodwork, sparked first by 90s female R&B trio TLC. What we have here is a case of people who have been unable to find a hit in a decade jumping on a bandwagon simply because they saw it as a profitable move for some one else and immediately diluting the waters of the hologram concept to make a quick few bucks. As you may or may not recall, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash about 10 years ago, so what better time to unveil a “reunion tour” of sorts than immediately after a proof of concept has been demonstrated successfully by another group of digital puppeteers?
The problem with this kind of thing is really in the details. Apparently just before her death, Lopes was attempting to distance herself from the rest of TLC, claiming that she was the real reason people were buying their albums. She released a solo album internationally that did poorly and it was never officially released in America due to that fact. It never might have crossed any one’s mind however to consider that the 90s R&B style of music might just be a fad that was fading out of relevance around this same time period.
Unfortunately Lopes died at this same time too so we could never see a TLC without her because the group went on hiatus soon after her death. We’ll never know how good or bad they might have been without her or if she would have even wanted her image and vocals used in this hologram fashion (or if she would have wanted to be a part of the group 10 years later). Instead, fans of TLC get to be transported to a fantasy nostalgia time where there was no fighting between group members, no egos, and where they were still making money. Holo-pes will dance and sing to the delight of fans who are quick to gloss over the details and who only remember that some one who sang a song they used to like is now being re-created with special effects for a few hours. If only it weren’t so contrived and, well…hollow.