Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Hanson ‘MMMBOP’ [VIDEO]
I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.
You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.
Today's hit was a surprise when it came out in April 1996, but it had a great pedigree with producers The Dust Brothers, who had produced albums by The Beastie Boys and Beck.
It was unusual that producers of this caliber would pick a band like Hanson to work with.
Hanson was a pop band made up of the three brothers from Tulsa,Okla. --- at the time they were all under the age of 18 with Issac, Taylor and Zac, the youngest playing drums on the track at 11.
"MMMBOP" started out as a ballad on their debut EP, it showed potential.
The Dust Brothers later worked the song into an uptempo pop hit that exploded up the charts on release.
Hanson recently just performed on ABC's "Greatest Hits" show, reminding everyone that Hanson may no longer have hits on the radio but will always be remembered as the band that brought us a classic that we can't out of our heads.
Oh...and Zac the drummer is only 30 today. That's crazy.