Yes, you read that title right. I do. I do still love Hanson, “MmmBop” n’ all.
A few years ago, I managed the PR campaign for a film — the music playing over the opening scene was super catchy and I simply had to know who sang it. Once I got my hands on the soundtrack listing, I was hooked. I was in. I was born again a Hanson fan.
1. “Give A Little”
2. They still tour nonstop to sold-out venues. They clearly still enjoy the hell out of it and they still release new music on the regular but they’re not stupid. They’re still giving the audience the oldies….
Their senses of humor still in tact, they absolutely do not take themselves so seriously you won’t hear the cheesy pop songs that initially made them famous.
3. They own their own beer. And what is their beer brand called?
I mean, that’s amazing, right?
4. Their cover of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is endearing.
5. There’s, like, a b’zillion of them. Taylor, Zac and Isaac have three other siblings. These three guys have all been married to women they met at their shows for more than ten years and have ten children between them. We should clearly love them because face it, they’re here to overrun the Earth with their progeny.
6. In November I’m seeing them for the third and fourth time in concert. Their current tour is unique in that every ticket purchased entitles the concert goer to TWO nights in a row of Hanson. The first night is all covers, the second all their music. It’s a ballsy gimmick when you think about it. But good on them. Has anyone toured like that before? I doubt it. (And seriously, having done PR for concert tours, I can’t even imagine how hard that was to play logistically — finding all those venues and making sure they were available for two nights in a row? Nuts.)
They’re not new to tour stunts, though. On their last tour they met fans every afternoon before their shows at the venue and walked a mile, barefoot. For each fan that showed up for the walk, they donated a dollar toward buying shoes for children in Africa.
Not bad for a teeny bopper band that could have been a one-hit-wonder and done.
7. And honestly? They’re not bad on the eyes. And I don’t have to feel like a dirty old lady – these guys are my age.