The unstoppable hit single 'MMMBop', which smashed the charts to smithereens in 1997, was written 20 years ago.
Celebrating two decades since they first laid down the demo version of the song that turned them into an international sensation, the three members of the American pop-rock band Hanson have spoken about their smash hit ‘MMMBop’, what it means and how they feel about it 20 years later.
The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and hit the top of the charts in 27 countries around the world when the group were all just teenagers. Taylor Hanson, now 33, is the second youngest of the trio and the lead singer on the track, and he revealed in a new interview with Vulture the slightly darker themes that lurk in the track despite the happy, upbeat exterior.
“In an mmmbop they’re gone/ Oh yeah oh / In an mmmbop they’re gone,” and “You have so many relationships in this life / Only one or two will last / You go through so much pain and strife / You turn your back and they’re gone so fast” concern how quickly life goes past.
Hanson - iHeartRadio Music Festival - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Saturday 21st September 2013
Hanson - Celebrities at the ITV studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Live Music Day Festival to feature some hot acts!
Hanson - the 90s pop group who recently released their own brand of beer - are among the acts confirmed the Live Music Day Festival - an online/mobile music festival featuring over 50 musical acts. The event, curated by MTV, CMT and VH1, will take place during the O Music Awards on June 19, 2013.
Elsewhere, Atlas Genius, 2AM Club, Gavin Degraw, Kate Nash and Matt Nathanson will also perform at the event. The OMAs celebrates the best in digital music, featuring categories such as Best Music App and Most Artist Instagram. Yep, you were us correctly, Best Artist Instagram.
This year, Grammy winner Frank Ocean is honored with two nominations for Must Follow Artist on Twitter and the award for Too Much Ass For TV. Fans can vote by heading to OMusicAwards.com or via Facebook or Twitter. Another feature of this year's event is the Make A Band Famous segment, where five up-and-coming groups will perform during the live show and compete and viewer votes. The band with the most votes will win the distinction of MTV's Artists to Watch, VH1's You Oughta Know or CMT's Listen Up prize.
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'MMMBop' singers Hanson release a new alcoholic beverage inspired by their debut hit.
Hanson are set to unveil their own brand of beer called 'Mmmhops' inspired by their 1997 debut hit single 'MMMBop'.
The Oklahoma brothers, who are 31-year-old Isaac, 26-year-old Zac and 28-year-old Taylor, introduced their Imperial Pale Ale at the premiere for The Hangover Part III as the comedy flick happens to feature their much-loved track which reached number one around the world on its release. The beer was brewed alongside the Mustang Brewing company in Oklahoma but won't be available until autumn, though there is still beer-related merchandise for sale, such as Mmmhops glasses, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in response to the Oklahoma tornado tragedy which claimed the lives of 24 citizens.
The band are also going to be releasing a sixth album entitled Anthem due out on June 18th 2013, for which they've already released a first single called 'Get The Girl Back'. They will embark on a North and South American tour later soon as well, kicking off on June 8th in St. Louis, Missouri and ending in November. In January 2014 they will hit Jamaica for a five day concert event at Breezes Grand Resort exclusive to Hanson Fan Club Members.
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Hanson - Los Angeles premiere 'The Hangover Part III' held at the Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 21st May 2013
From its' very opening track, 'Waiting For This', Shout It Out sounds distinctively Hanson which places the listener on the borderline in a decision between whether this is good or bad news. A piano glissando leads straight into a pounding energetic pop feel that launches into a clichÃ©, and very much as expected, pop chorus sounding the three brothers singing in harmony before breaking through to a guitar solo. Track two, 'Thinking 'Bout Somethin'', is then a soul infused catchy clap along complete with horn section and funky soul bass. As cheesy and out and out pop as Hanson's music might continue to be, the soul influence and well developed instrumental blend of this track at least offers more of a maturity to their sound which maybe even harks towards contemporary soul song writing greats Bruno Mars and Cee Lo Green.
'Kiss Me When You Come Home' is another piano-led track, complete with improvised jazzy piano solo, however also a pretty bland and indifferent example of American pop, whilst 'Carry You There' is a down tempo ballad with a piano accompanied, three part vocal introduction that then continues into a catchy, typical boy band chorus and the chugging guitar drive of the likes of McFly. Again, it's a marginally more mature sound from Hanson, especially when compared to the E-number fuelled teenage boy energy of their former musical selves. 'Give A Little' then opens with a catchy and distinctive guitar riff then minimal percussion over which the vocals sound before launching back into another catchy, soulful, brass-backed clap along chorus. Refreshingly, the instrumentation of 'Give A Little' isn't all go all the way through which provides welcome variety to the chug of the previous track, so too the almost Buble-like, ambitious big band-esque sound of 'Make It Out Alive' which follows. This is contrasted further with the reggae funk tinged 'And I Wanted' which sounds a gentle yet funky, horn-flanked blend with a strong offbeat.
Continue reading: Hanson, Shout It Out Album Review
Hanson - Taylor Hanson with Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes West Hollywood, California - The Hanson Brothers Team Up With Toms Shoes For A One Mile Walk across The City Of West Hollywood to help end poverty and AIDS in Africa Tuesday 30th October 2007