Tanner Shea is fresh from his incredible slumber party with T-Boz and Chilli to join Kevin Aeh and Graham Nolan at Talk This Way podcast to discuss all things TLC!
In this episode the guys are debating about what the greatest TLC music video is of all time! Their opinions differ which make this a great show! Complete with plenty of trivia behind the videos!
And Tanner gets into how his sleepover with TLC went down!
How Tanner got the sleepover?
I was on my way to Antarctica, and right before I got on the boat I get a text from my little sister saying check out the article on this link! So, I look at the Kickstarter and there was a description of the prizes that one gets, ‘$10 for this CD etc’. I won’t name the amount that I spent, but there was a prize for a sleepover at T-Boz’s house. I knew I wasn’t going to get service for like 2 weeks, so I was just like ‘click’, and I did it!
How it went down
I thought it was going to be super regimented, two hours, three hours tops, get out, thanks for your contribution. We ended up spending like 7 hours and a half together, it was incredible, it was a night. Katy Perry infamously bought one of the 5 slots, she did not show, she had a concert that night. So, I was thinking, who are these other freaks [going to be]! I know my level of craziness. The only other person that showed up was someone from Fader magazine. She was a millennial girl who kinda liked them. Everyone else was a celebrity or a company who were like we can’t be there for whatever reason, so I was literally the only private donor. So, I’m the freak show of the night, hands down! I wore blue silk pyjamas, with Creep on the back.
They are silly. When they are silly in their videos they’re not acting. T-Boz is legit cool and sweet. She is not too cool for school. Chilli likes playing ding dong ditch. She kinda set it up and said ‘back in the day me, Lisa and Tionne would just run around and knock on doors all night in the hotel!’. We did that for about an hour! It was great! There was a moment we were watching a scary movie, the new Amityville Horror movie, T-Boz loves horror movies. I feel a movement in my hand and it’s Chilli eating chips out of my hand with her eyes locked on the screen! It was super cute and really great. We had a special moment in time and we got real big hugs at the end!
What About Your Friends?
What About Your Friends is like Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg to the next level! It’s like a New Jack Swing choreography. There’s two versions of the video, one with a fashion show and the regular version. The version on YouTube is like girls that take over a fashion show – and it’s trash. If your shit is good you don’t need to make fun of the status quo. If you want to see 90’s fashion, watch that video. At the end of the video they dress up as Hillbilly’s like they do at the end of Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg.
They fired the first director, it was bad lighting and their style hadn’t evolved very much. They see a Salt N Pepa video on MTV and ask why no one is trying to do it better than them and call the director, Matthew Rolston. It opens with them in silk pyjamas, they have glamour shots, dual toned backdrops. There’s a floating blue trumpet that we see every now and again, very Crystal Waters. There’s scenes with them rehearsing. Then we see T-Boz in a sepia toned Jazz club with Omar Lopez playing the trumpet behind her, Janet Jackson’s love interest in the “If” video! TLC had their own choreographer and Matthew had his! T-Boz said there were other choreographers but she was TLC’s choreographer. She created most of the dance moves for them, she said okay we’ll take a little bit of this move and that move. She did the down movements. The other creative difference they had with the director was what to wear. They didn’t want to wear sexy 90’s outfits, they like baggy clothes. So they agreed on the iconic silk pyjamas. $1000 a pair! It’s athletic sexy with the abs. And we get to see T-Boz’s new bangs!
Listen to the full podcast for more hilarious topical commentary about the legendary TLC!
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