Before the Jonas Brothers, there was Hanson. Debuting in the mid 90s, the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma rocketed to huge success only to fall off the face of the earth just as fast. Isaac, Taylor, and Zac have made several comebacks, but could never regain the popularity that their first major hit “MMMBop” gave them. Believe it or not, they’re still around today. There is something about them that although their success was fleeting, it was definitely memorable.
I remember my friend got the Hanson CD for her birthday in 3rd grade, and even though I barely knew who they were, I proclaimed “Move over Spice Girls! There’s a new band in town!” These teenage heartthrobs with their long, blond locks were enough to make any girl crazy. Hanson was my first experience with the boy band craze, although Backstreet Boys and Nsync quickly followed (and replaced) the trio.
Probably considered a one hit wonder among some circles, this song was what really launched Hanson. Both written and performed by the pop group, this catchy song debuted on their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere. Its crazy to think that a song I only knew one word of reached number one in 27 countries. This is a timeless song, however, that never gets old. I still don’t know what the other words are!
When they hit the music scene, the brothers were between 10 and 15 years old. They sounded and looked like girls. I remember watching them on TV once and seriously contemplating if they were really guys or not. There were also a lot of rumors going around that one of them was gay. They played off “cool” really well, and I was ready to accept them back into my life when I heard they had released new music in 2000 with their seventh album This Time Around. They were mature, actually sounded like guys, and were starting to look really cute. “If Only” became a second favorite to “MMMBop.”
The brothers have come a long way from their tween years…. they’re all married and have kids! They now record under their own independent label 3GC Records. They’ve been on several tours and are really into charity work. They mostly support children in Africa who have been affected by AIDS. Their most recent CD The Walk was released in 2007, and they are currently working on another album to release sometime this year. Hanson has moved from “Pop” to a more Indie Rock sound and the transformation has been for the better. If you hated Hanson, you should seriously give them a second chance.
Every band has it’s fans, but the ones who have truly stuck by Hanson for more than ten years are truly irreplaceable. Apparently many Hanson fans around the world celebrate “Hanson Day” on May 6th which was the day their first album was released. I would really like to know if they’ve stuck around for the music, or for the dream boys. If you feel the urge to reconnect to your days as a Hanson fan, check out their surprisingly spiffy website.
So I have to ask… are there any Hanson fans out there? Any haters? Personally, I’ll take Hanson over the Jonas Brothers any day!
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