Comeback Kings and TLC

After receiving an award for their outstanding contribution to music at the Mobo awards earlier this month, 90s R&B band TLC have declared they will be releasing a new album in the coming months.

This will be the first album that the band has released in 10 years, and the first since the death of third member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in 2002.

Remaining duo Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas talked of the possibility of using a hologram to project an image of their former bandmate.

“It will be hard on us but I certainly think our fans would love to see it,” said Chilli, speaking to The Metro.

“We would definitely be the first group to ever do it.”

Many comebacks of popular bands in the past have destroyed legacies. Yet many have sparked flourishing revivals of the almost forgotten.


As Martin Luther fell in 1968, another King marked his return. No not Kong. But the iconic Elvis Presley.

Elvis’ comeback special showed a reappearance of the man that popularised the rock’n’roll scene in the ‘50s.

Presley brought back the moves, the style and the charisma that he came to fame with a decade before but the video also showed a personal side to the idol.

The comeback encapsulated the power of music during the ‘60s, as well as regenerating Elvis’ popularity in the public eye.


Another memorable comeback came from Johnny Cash.

After a successful career in the ‘60s and ‘70s, country and blues singer Johnny Cash was diagnosed with Shy-Diager syndrome in 1996, a disease that causes a person’s nerves to deteriorate.

Albums American III (2000) and American IV (2002) were Cash’s response to his illness.

The former outlaw’s comeback particularly came to fame with his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ song ‘Hurt’.


Blur hit the news in 2009 with their return to the UK music scene following a succession of top ten hits through the mid to late 90s.

Guitarist Graham Coxon returned to the bands line-up after leaving in 2003, when the band headlined at Glastonbury, Oxegen, T in the Park and their own big comeback gig at Hyde Park.

This year Blur won the Brit Award for their Outstanding Contribution Music and then closed the ceremony with a five song set demonstrating their comeback is complete.

– Tom Rawle

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