TLC captured the feeling of Y2K in ‘Fanmail’. “[The girlsband’s] new record was the first to poeticize the internet and the twin feelings of anxiety and excitement that came with a newly limitless connection.” wrote i-D contributor, Annie Lord.
T-Boz sings about waiting on an email from a man: “I got an email today / I kinda thought that you forgot about me.” / “ Every day I think I’m gonna meet ya / can’t wait ‘til the day I see ya.“, depicting the feelings of longing and loving in an online world.
In the last interlude of the album, Communicate, Left Eyes sings:
“Communication is the key to life
Communication is the key to love
Communication is the key to us
There’s over a thousand ways
To communicate in our world today
And it’s a shame
That we don’t connect
So if you also feel the need
For us to come together
Will you communicate with me?
It’s no surprise that cyber-anxiety is still topical today, more than ever. Drake addressed this topic in his song I Get Lonely Too (2010): “Just like you / I get lonely too / Just like you”