My how time flies. Would you believe it’s been 20 years since Hanson‘s “Mmmbop” was an inescapable radio hit you’d hear everywhere?On MTV. Holy heck – MTV actually played videos. On the radio. When a major market had several current hits stations. On magazine covers. Remember when there were lots of magazines? Hanson – the little rug rats from Tulsa – where everywhere!
The Hanson brothers burst onto the pop scene in 1997 and set in place an indelible spot in music history. Yes – it’s been 20 years! Say it out loud. Say it proud.
On Sept. 8, the band released their first-ever Best Of collection, appropriately titled Middle of Everywhere – The Greatest Hits, which touches on all periods of their lengthy and durable career.
In fact, Middle of Everywhere serves as a celebration of Hanson’s 25th anniversary as a band. 26 songs are featured, including “Where’s the Love,” “Weird,” “Penny & Me,” “If Only,” “This Time Around” and many more — in addition to a new single titled “I Was Born.” Quite honestly, their songs are pretty freakin’ good. Lots of hooks. Great melodies. I actually hid their cassette under the seat of my car. I was a secret fan.
These days – as Middle of Everywhere illustrates – they’ve come a long way from “MMMBop.” “MMMBop” wasn’t even close to their peak. It was just their foot in the door.
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson formed their band in 1992, when youngest member Zac (who is actually the third born of seven children) was only a wee little 6 years old. So while 2017 may mark 20 years of loyalty even for the most dedicated of Fansons — for Hanson the band, it’s really been 25. Their career includes old-out arena concerts, a Saturday Night Live appearance, Christmas album, Eggo commercial and multiple Grammy nominations. As if a two decade long career of chart topping singles wasn’t enough.
Want to feel REALLY old? They’re also all married, with a total of 12 children among them — most of whom appear in the music video for their new song “I Was Born,” the lead track off of Middle of Everywhere. And even after all that, they still found time to start a beer company and annual music festival – The Hop Jam (held in their home base of Tulsa).
That’s right. 12 children! In addition to be damn good musicians, they are fertile like the Napa Valley. You know the saying – don’t look a Hanson in the eye for you might get pregnant.
As part of Hanson’s 25th anniversary, they have a ton of upcoming U.S./Canada tour dates. They’ll also tour Europe and Australia.
Admit it. You want to buy Middle of Everywhere: The Greatest Hits. You need to buy it. Add it to your music catalog today.