October 17, 2017
Hanson Brothers Celebrate 'MMMBop's 20th Anniversary, Writing New Music

Hanson have brought back their classic song "MMMBop" as part of ABC's Greatest Hits, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Hanson brothers presented an acoustic performance of their hit song and the audience couldn't contain their excitement.

It's been 20 years since the Hanson brothers performed "MMMBop" for the first time, and now Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson, and Isaac Hanson have performed the revamped version of their hit song from the '90s last Thursday.

In his interview with Vulture earlier this year, Isaac, who plays guitar for Hanson, explained why there haven't been any good covers of "MMMBop" over the past 20 years. It's because people "can't sing the chorus right," Isaac thinks.
"Most of the time they syncopate it wrong."
But his brother Taylor Hanson said there is still a way to make "MMMBop" sound good when performed by other musicians. In his opinion, people are trying too hard to make it sound like the original song, which is wrong.
"Someone needs to either make it totally their own in a genuinely unique way, or it needs to be a band that has a sensibility for old R & B. Fitz and the Tantrums could maybe do it."
But the acoustic performance of the hit '90s song wasn't the only highlight of the event. The Hanson brothers were also joined by Echosmith to perform "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'." And then "Me Too" singer Meghan Trainor joined the Backstreet Boys to perform "I Want It That Way."The Hanson brothers may be in their 30s now, but it doesn't mean they can't fuel their fans' enthusiasm for their music, according to E! Online. And since it's been 20 years since they released their hit song "MMMBop," the brothers found themselves in a rather interesting situation.

And that's because everyone remembers the Hanson brothers as young kids who wowed teens and adults of the '90s with their runaway hit "MMMBop," and now they are "old guys" who haven't really produced any good music in the past 20 years.

In his interview with E! Online on the set of ABC's Greatest Hits, Taylor Hanson thinks people cannot believe that so much time has passed.

"I think we broke onto the pop culture scene as young kids and I think people make that connection and have that association. I think a lot of the 'Oh my god, I can't believe it's been this long since a song came out' is that people see themselves."
But Zac Hanson admitted that it feels good when people still remember you. And although Zac can't believe it's been 20 years since the release of "MMMBop," it's a good thing that people still remember him, his band, and their hit song.
"It's a positive association relating to the past."
Although Hanson's fans often accuse the band of avoiding their old songs at their concerts, Zac assured that they "have never run from our past," adding that they "definitely" still sing "MMMBop" and their other old songs.

2017 will be a special year for the Hanson brothers, as their band will celebrate its 25th anniversary, while their first album celebrates its 20th anniversary. And so it would make sense if Hanson are not always playing all of their old songs at one concert, as 25 years of material is quite a lot to fit in just one gig.

"We're doing random shows around the U.S. What we've really got our sights on is next year, and 20 years since our first record, which we're really excited about."
The Hanson brothers also revealed that they are currently working on new music.

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