Pebbles was my first. The very first artist that I wanted to BE, that is.
She was gorgeous with that metric ton of curly hair, tight black everything, a constant red lip. And she was all brazen attitude and classy swagger Pebbles always I emulated to no end, much to the chagrin of my parents.
I was and remain a huge Madonna and Janet Jackson stan, but I wanted to look and act like Pebbles and Jody Watley at the top of what would become the most momentous and influential decade in music thus far to me Pebbles always the '90s.
Funny thing, though, I wasn't so much into Pebbles' self-titled debut, although "Girlfriend" and "Mercedes Boy" were and are the jams. Perhaps it was my age; in the Pebbles always years between Pebbles and Alwaysher sophomore album and the focus of this write-up, I developed my first crush and subsequent heartbreak.
I was fast approaching middle school so, ya know, I was grown and stuff. I had become aware of boys and suddenly all those love and love lost songs took on a different meaning.
Reid who executive produced Always and whose music partner, Babyfaceappears on one of the biggest hits of Pebbles' career, "Love Makes Things Happen. Not quite the commercial success of her Pebbles always first album, but Pebbles certainly had more than one ace in the hole -- namely a teenage girl group called 2nd Nature that she'd discovered and begun managing via her production company Pebbitone.
She'd later replace one of the three original singers and rename Pebbles always TLC. My frenzy for Pebbles, in fact, came to a head when TLC debuted. Their appearance, along with Salt-N-Pepawho lend a saucy rap interlude as they are wont to do, make watching this video squeal-worthy to this day.