Red Light Special

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"Red Light Special"
Single by TLC
from the album CrazySexyCool
B-side "My Secret Enemy"
Released February 21, 1995
Format CD
Recorded Winter 1994
Music Grinder Studios
(Los Angeles, California)[1]
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 5:04
Label LaFace, Arista
Writer(s) Babyface
Producer(s) Babyface
Certification RIAA: Gold
TLC singles chronology
"Red Light Special"
CrazySexyCool track listing
"CrazySexyCool - Interlude"
"Red Light Special"

"Red Light Special" is the second single released by TLC from the album CrazySexyCool. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being held back from the top position by Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It", and became their fifth top-ten single. It also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Matthew Rolston and is set in a brothel. The male actors in the video are portrayed as prostitutes and Left-Eye is dressed as a pimp while Chilli & T-Boz portray customers who part take in a game of strip poker. A young Boris Kodjoe is featured as one of the male prostitutes. T-boz is seen being caressed by a man in a room. Chilli is seen dancing with the guitar player. There are also black and white solo shots of the girls singing. There are three versions of the music video, called "sexy", "sexier" and "sexiest".


This is the standard cut of the video which includes more of the poker scenes and cuts the majority of Chilli's striptease during the guitar break. This version uses the black and white solo scenes to take place of the sexually suggestive scenes.


This is version contains alternate scenes of T-Boz' verses, which include more sexually suggestive dance moves. This also includes more scenes of the T-Boz being caressed by the man in the room.


This version shows all of Chilli's striptease with the guitar player and additional shots of T-Boz being caressed by the man. This version is very rarely aired on television.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD1
  1. "Red Light Special" (Radio Edit) - 4:40
  2. "Red Light Special" (L.A.'s Flava Mix) - 4:28
  3. "Red Light Special" (Album Version) - 5:02
  4. "Red Light Special" (Gerald Hall Remix) - 5:09
  5. "My Secret Enemy" - 5:36
  • CD2
  1. "Red Light Special" (Radio Edit) - 4:40
  2. "Red Light Special" (Alternate Radio Edit) - 4:31
  3. "Red Light Special" (Album Version) - 5:02
  4. "Red Light Special" (Album Instrumental) - 5:02
  • 12" Vinyl
  1. "Red Light Special" (L.A.'s Flava Mix - Extended Version)
  2. "Red Light Special" (Album Version)
  3. "Red Light Special" (Gerald Hall's Remix)
  4. "Red Light Special" (Acappella)
  5. "Red Light Special" (Instrumental)
  6. "My Secret Enemy"

My Secret Enemy - B-Side[edit]

The Red Light Special single came with a B-side rap track titled 'My Secret Enemy', led by group rapper Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. Despite not making TLC's album CrazySexyCool, the song is highly praised by long-time TLC fans and kept up with the group's more matured style. Its lyrical content focuses on Lisa’s coverage in the media and her relationship with Andre Rison.



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