The babely Hanson boys are back-and their new sound is anything but boppy. 1 May 2000 By Alyssa Vitrano It’s been almost three years since Hanson’s happy-pop debut rocketed them from the Middle of Nowhere to the middle of everywhere with smash hits like “MMMBop” and “Where’s the Love?” And This Time Around, they’re wowing […]
It’s Valentine’s Day, that cruelest of secular holidays, and a bevy of girls who’ve logged on for a live Yahoo chat with the brothers Hanson are dying to know: “Are there any lucky ladies in your lives?”
Somewhere out there in the real world, teen siblings Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson sit at the ready, amiably fielding this and other decidedly non-musical questions with the aid of a cyber-moderator. “How many valentines did you get?” “Why did you cut your hair?” “What was the last movie you saw?” “What kinds of snacks do you guys like?” Not exactly a probing inquiry into a platinum-selling band’s creative process. But compared to the scores of rogue postings from various chat-room miscreants (“This is dumb,” “Ike is a perv,” “Taylor pierced his dick”), the boys’ loving praise of grandma’s homemade Chex mix comes as a welcome bit of trivia.
Hair Today… gone tomorrow. Back in about a month. The Hanson boys return… 1 March 2000 Even the name sends tingles down the backs of anyone that remembers their spectacular arrival on Planet Pop. It was almost three years ago to the day that Hanson came crashing into our lives in an explosion of hair, […]
In the years since Hanson released the giddy breakthrough hit “MMMBop” and the 1997 debut “Middle Of Nowhere,” we’ve been poked with all three points on the dreaded filler triangle: the holiday album (“Snowed In”), the “rarities/demos” comp (“3 Car Garage), and the live album (“Live From Albertane”). A dry spell, it seemed.
What we weren’t privy to, however, was how the towheaded trio of Oklahoma hermanos – Isaac, Taylor, and Zac – stretched out and bulked up, settling into their young adult selves with comfort and confidence, radiating with good health and good vibes. The picture is so reassuring, you just might think for a moment that all is right with the world, or something.
MmmBop! Yes, that’s Hanson with Bob Weir. This surreal harmonic convergence went down at the tenth anniversary of New York’s eco-crunchy rock club, Wetlands, where Weir played three nights with longtime collaborator Rob Wasserman and drummer Jay Lane. “We’re having a lot of fun with these shows,” Weird said. HAnson joined the party for the second night’s encore, playing expertly on “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad,” “Gloria,” “One More Saturday Night” and “Good Lovin.’”
To get Taylor Hanson prepared for his driver’s test – he’s almost 15-and-a-half years old, you know – we borrowed a Volkswagen Bug. The band comes as a package deal (which makes sense-just look at Michael Jackson), so we wind up with three pop stars, a few dozen pimples and more air bags than you can wave a Stridex pad at.