15 Things Destiny’s Child’s Sophomore Album Taught Us
The Writing’s On The Wall turned 15 this week, but still holds some valuable life lessons…
By Tamara Roper
In the midst of Destiny’s Child becoming mothers, rocking world tours and maintaining gospel singing careers, their second album The Writing’s On The Wall has quietly turned 15. Though DC’s line-up has changed three times since the album’s release, and the whole solo career thing happened, they remain the most iconic girl group in the world. Here are 15 things that we learned from their seminal second album.
Don’t stand for nonsense
The album cemented the fact that Destiny’s Child were not to be messed with, in everyone’s minds, forever.
There were only ever going to be two successful members of the original Destiny’s Child line-up
Though the album has four women on the front of it, and was performed by four women on stage, there are only really two voices that are recognisable on the tracks- soz LeToya and LeTavia.
Though not really
Bey’s reaction to Kelly claiming she’s “the second lead vocalist” in this video explains it all:
We were all wasting our time in our teens
Beyoncé, Kelly, LeToya and LaTavia were all 17 and 18 when this album, their SECOND album, came out. Sit down and think about that next time you complain about GCSEs.
LeToya and LaTavia were the mysterious ones. We still don’t quite know who they are
Answers to @MTVStyleINTL, please.
Referencing technology made you cool back in the day
Tell AOL to stop my emails? Various references to pagers? Anyone else’s music who mentions dial-up internet is thrown into a pit of irrelevance, but when Destiny’s Child do it, it transcends time.
The late ’90s truly were a crazy time for dance floor sound predictions
Pick out one of the more up-tempo tracks on the album that wouldn’t pack out a dance floor now. This is partly to do with….
Missy Elliot truly knows how to bring out the best in R&B divas
The 1990s were Missy Elliot’s golden years. She had access to all of the big pop stars, often charged with being the button-twiddler behind their success, from Aaliyah to Mariah Carey. Her seal of approval is all over Writing’s On The Wall, in the form of unmistakable production, particularly on Confessions.
Destiny’s Child always had a can-do attitude
Rather than leaving the tinkering to Missy (though who can blame people who do?), Destiny’s Child wrote and produced several of the tracks on the album themselves, Bills, Bills, Bills being the first instance.
Never forget the non-bangers
Sure, Bug A Boo and Say My Name are anthems. But Hey Ladies? Sweet Sixteen? Both massively and unfairly overlooked.
Matching outfits are kind of OK
It’s not purely a condemnation of cheating boyfriends…
…although there is a lot of that going around. DC aren’t shy to address issues of their own temptations, and even throw in a cautionary tale to fast-thinking teenagers, in Sweet Sixteen. Though there are a lot of cheating boyfriends involved, which might make the album a little more relevant what with…
…rumours swirling of trouble in paradise. The Writing’s On The Wall might be about to have a second wave of significance for Beyoncé
Are they? Aren’t they? Is On The Run a swan song, a final curtain call and an attempt to make as much money as possible, as reports are surfacing that Jay and Bey are calling time on their marriage? Who can say.
The video for Say My Name is hilariously bad
By the time Say My Name was released, LeToya and LaTavia had already been fired by Beyoncé’s dad, making for awkward scenes when it came to the music video for Say My Name. Michelle Williams and short-lived Farrah Franklin clearly hadn’t enough time to learn the choreography for the video, resulting in this semi car crash of a colour blocking fiasco.
Jumpin’ Jumpin’ is the ultimate pre-girl’s night out track
You know how this one goes. Drink in one hand, be sure to leave the other free for hair flicking, skirt swishing and optimum pointing at friends and singing the words wrong. An ode to nighttime naughtiness, Jumpin’ Jumpin’ is one of those throw-your-handbags-down-into-the-middle-of-the-floor type of vibes.
Happy Birthday The Writing’s On The Wall! Here’s to the next 15.