Anquette and The Throw The Po Girls, the original TLC who was made up of Miami rapper Anquette Allen (the young Regina King-looking beauty in the middle) and her “Throw The P” Girls, Ray Ray and Keia Red. You know you’re looking at a picture from the 80s (or a picture of my tia TODAY) if your nostrils twitch from the peroxide and your skin starts to turn green from staring at all that fake gold.
Anquette made her debut in 1986 with, “Throw The P,” her answer to 2 Live Crew’s “Throw The D” and two years later she released her first album called “Respect.” That album should be the Mona Lisa of the R&B Hall of Fame, because on it was a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and a song dedicated to Janet Reno. Anquette’s only hit was “I Will Always Be There For You,” a song that many 7th graders awkwardly slow danced to at their school dance.
You really couldn’t call yourself an R&B girl group in the 80s and 90s if your lead singer didn’t sound like a baby on helium holding in a burp.
Anquette and her Throw The P Girls fell off the earth in the early 90s and didn’t make a peep until 1997 when she released, “My Baby Mama,” her answer to B-Rock and The Bizz’s “My Baby Daddy.” That was Anquette’s last gift to the music world and she hasn’t been heard from since. I hope that we’ll find out everything that Anquette did during her time away from the spotlight when Vh1 follows up their TLC biopic with a long-awaited Anquette biopic!