by Alisha Jackson
Ah, the 90’s.
Well, they remember Beyonce and Kelly, anyway.
Before Destiny’s Child’s lineup changed, the girl group enjoyed the success of their first number 1 single together in 1999. That single was “Bills, Bills, Bills”.
Here are some Throwback Tidbits you may not have known about the song or the original lineup, in honor of #TBT!
1. Unlike the video for “Jumpin’ Jumpin'”, the music video for “Bills, Bills, Bills” doesn’t lie.
Let us explain. While Roberson and Luckett had been kicked out of the group by the time “Say My Name” had been released, the music video was already completed. So although the members were actually gone, the original lineup lived on in the music video. “Jumpin’ Jumpin'”, however, faced the awkward need to shoot a music video with two members who weren’t on the recording. Since “Bills, Bills, Bills” came out in 1999, the music video didn’t have to face the awkwardness.
2. The video was shot in a salon for a reason!
(Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
You can thank Mama Knowles for the salon idea! The music video was shot in a salon as a tribute to the Tina Knowles. She owned a salon where the girls used to practice!
3. Beyonce pretty much made the group famous.
(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
No, we’re not playing favorites. Beyonce’s family literally propelled the whole girl group idea. Before Destiny’s Child formed, Beyonce’s dad managed the original four members in their 6-piece girl group, ‘Girl’s Tyme’. And Beyonce’s mom not only let the girls practice in her salon, but she also designed the groups’ attire for performances.
4. The group had 5 names prior to ‘Destiny’s Child’.
5. Girl’s Tyme
4. Something Fresh
2. The Dolls
5. “Bills, Bills, Bills” was one of the first songs written by the group!
Apparently all that was missing from the group’s first album, was the girls themselves! Knowles, Rowland, Roberson and Luckett wrote and produced every track on their sophomore album, “The Writing’s On The Wall”, and “Bills, Bills, Bills” was one of the first songs they wrote.
Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 1999 hit, “Bills, Bills, Bills”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!