Tuesday Trivia

TuesdayTrivia

The BeeGees would be hard not to include as one of Hanson’s influences.

In what year did Zac first write a song specifically for posting on Hanson.net?



Do you have a Hanson trivia question you'd like to submit for consideration for our Tuesday Trivia question?  Send the question & answer to blog@hansonstage.com

The Best of the Rest

Currently Hanson is having Hanson.net members vote for their “Top 25” of album songs and b-sides.  While you’ve all got your thinking caps on, we are going to hold our own poll we are calling “The Best of the Rest” which is compiled from EPs, Member Kits, HNet exclusives and soundtracks.  The rules are the same – pick 25.  We’ll compile a list at the beginning of September to see what won!

What is your Top 25 from "The Rest"?

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HNET Newsletter July 22, 2016


WEEKLY PIC

Here is a pic of Taylor in studio rat mode, deeply entrenched in arranging parts for the new PLAY EP coming out this fall. Don’t forget to get your copy of the special LP package on Hanson.net.


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

If your work is getting you down, you might check out the latest Members-Only video from the making of Loud where we ponder turning procrastination into a musical state of being.  This week we are back to the grindstone, working on refining plans for our 25th anniversary in 2017.  We have so many cool ideas, but actually pulling them will be the real art form.  As we look back at a lifelong career, we are forced to face the task of distilling the music that best represents us.  We have our own ideas, but starting Monday we are going to be asking Hanson.net members to share their top 25 songs.  Vote with care, as your input may have lasting effects!

We are happy to announce we are now finished with the design for the LP special edition vinyl package. You can now head over to the Hanson.net store and see the mock-ups of the vinyl artwork which include Zac’s painting print and Taylor’s 8″x10″ photo that will be included in the set.  Putting Loud and Play together as one LP was always the driving concept for these EPs and seeing them put together is a vision realized.  The only thing left to do is to hold the final product in our hands.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


LOUD PLAY PACKAGE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE

FAN CLUB EXCLUSIVE: The deadline for pre-ordering the Loud Play Vinyl LP Package isSunday, July 24th. Pre-orders are guaranteed shipment of the items and there will not be guaranteed additional items available after the pre-order period. Members, pre-order your package TODAY!


LAST DAY OF CHRISTMAS

FAN CLUB EXCLUSIVE: Today is the final day for Christmas In July Submissions.  If you have a favorite holiday song you would like included in our new Christmas album, Wintery Mix, this is your chance. Hanson.net members submit your song ideas and cast your vote for the 2016 ornament design before polls close at midnight CT tonight.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


RENEWAL REMINDER

With a new 2016 members EP shipping now, we wanted to remind you to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2016.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.



Tuesday Trivia

TuesdayTrivia

The original concept for Hanson.net was to be a magazine, online.

What artist would be hard to not include as one of Hanson’s influences? (But not hard to remove from the EP tracklisting ;)?)



Do you have a Hanson trivia question you'd like to submit for consideration for our Tuesday Trivia question?  Send the question & answer to blog@hansonstage.com

Appreciating a wildly unappreciated band: MMMBop, bitches (Saturday Video Roundup)

Scholars and Rogues

When they first hit in 1997 with “MMMBop,” I remember Hanson being dismissed by my music intelligentsia friends as some kind of put-up job, a prefab kiddie novelty act. Thing is, it wasn’t true. At all. The brothers Hanson – Taylor, Isaac and Zac – were legit talented, their shiny, radio-friendly sound underpinned by a rich sense of Chicago R&B rhythm and Gospel-inflected harmony. (It’s fun trying to write in hipster-reviewer speak, init? Hey, I’ve been telling you for years I ain’t no reviewer.)

Now, nearly two decades on, they’re better than ever. Let’s kick today’s #SVR with a recent acoustic performance of that hit, one that strips down to the naked essence of a worthy pop gem.

Here’s the lads are riffing on Blues Brothers. One of the most infectious tunes I’ve heard in years. Admit it – you wish you were in this video.

From 2010, “Give a Little.” Yeah, they an write a hook.

We’ll close with “Get the Girl Back” from 2013’s Anthem. A little neo-Soul, anybody?

Happy Saturday, folks.



Photos: Stamford, CT July 14, 2016

Some photos from the show and soundcheck!



HNET Newsletter July 15, 2016


WEEKLY PIC

We had a great time performing on the new ABC show, “Greatest Hits,” which aired last week. This is a pic from our acoustic performance of “MMMbop,” back to the original way we played the song with just three voices and a guitar.


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

It was a treat to see a lot of familiar faces in Connecticut this week.  With our focus on recording projects and planning for our 25th anniversary next year, we are not playing a lot of concerts this summer so that makes each one feel more important and appreciated.  We are thinking about new projects and among other things that means Christmas.  We have been asking Hanson.net members to weigh in with the top five songs they would like to see us record on a new Christmas album.  There are so many memories and traditions that become associated with Holiday music, we are just enjoying the taste of picking the songs that will end up on the nice list.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac

CHRISTMAS SONG & ORNAMENT VOTING

Fan Club Exclusive: After years of fans asking, we are finally going to record a second Christmas album.  We will be going into the studio this fall, but before we do we want to hear from all of you. What songs would you like to see make the cut for Wintery Mix?  Submit your top five songs with title and also the artist you think did it best so we can get about the business of getting in the Holiday mood. Speaking of the Christmas mood, nothing sets the mood like a well appointed tree.  We have created seven designs all inspired by the 2016 EP’sLoud and Play and we want you to vote to choose which design will end up on the nice list.

Voting Deadline is July 22nd!


RENEWAL REMINDER

With a new 2016 members EP shipping now, we wanted to remind you to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2016.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.



Taylor Hanson on ‘MMMBop’: ‘You can’t think that you’re going to run from it’

EW

(Byron Cohen/ABC)

Hanson stopped ’90s kids’ hearts last week with a gorgeous, acoustic performance of their 1997 hit “MMMBop” on ABC’s Greatest Hits. EW caught up with Taylor Hanson to chat about that widely-shared episode, the new music (essentially three albums!) the band has planned leading up to next year’s 20th anniversary of Middle of Nowhere, and of course, what’s next on tap for Hanson Brothers Beer Company (makers of MMMHops).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When ABC approached you for Greatest Hits, was it a no-brainer? Or did you have to stop and think about it?
TAYLOR HANSON: Well, we’re all about moving forward, so any time there’s a historic-focused show or event, we always measure that. But we’re so proud of what we’ve come from, we feel like it’s exciting to be almost 20 years since that record [Middle of Nowhere] came out, and almost 25 since we started [as a band]. So once we saw the context of the show, and the chance to really just breathe a fresh life into the song in front of the receptive audience, we thought it was a great opportunity.

How did that version of “MMMBop” come together?
“MMMBop,” like a lot of our songs, starts with a very core song itself, which you can sit down and play on a piano or a guitar. I mean, with most good songs, that’s the measure: Can you sit down and sing it, or play it, and will it stand up? “MMMBop” has always been able to be performed that way.

In fact, if you go back to 1997, the first televised performance of “MMMBop” was us performing acoustically on The Jenny McCarthy Show on MTV. So if you look at that performance, it’s strikingly the same structure — and here we are almost 20 years later. With that [Greatest Hits] performance, we wanted to actually go back to the way we shared the song at radio stations all over the world when we walk into the studio, or in our living room when we first wrote it. So the performance on Greatest Hits is both new and old. I think it plays into the whole idea of that show, and what people are excited about.

Do you ever get sick of playing it?
The short answer is no. We’re always proud of playing it. As you know, as a fan, we rarely just play “MMMBop” when we’re playing music. But at this point, we’ve probably played “Penny & Me” or “Where’s the Love” almost as many times, because when you actually play as a band, oftentimes you’re walking out and playing a set. You’re not simply walking out and playing your biggest hit.

I think what we have always leaned towards is being proud of what you’ve done, but always wanting to add things to that story. And when you have a song that was as ubiquitous as “MMMBop,” you can’t think that you’re going to run from it. You’re always going to be adding to it. And that’s just a very unique position to be in. It’s very rare to have a single song that has reached that far.

Some of your kids are now as old as you guys were when you started. Is that weird for you guys? Are you ready for Hanson: The Next Generation?
When we did The Jenny McCarthy Show  ’97, I was my son’s age — so that is pretty surreal. And I won’t say that it doesn’t give you pause when you think about it. But it’s pretty amazing to be dads to these really cool kids. That’s great. You’re just trying to do your best to not screw them up in some way. Hopefully your own past and your own history doesn’t weigh too heavily on them.

You mentioned those two big anniversaries next year: 25 years as a band, and 20 years since Middle of Nowhere and “MMMBop” debuted. What do you have planned?
We’ll announce the details, hopefully, later this fall, but we are going to do an anniversary tour next year, for the next full record. And we want to celebrate being this far in, and having been able to share music for this long.

You’re releasing a special edition LP this fall, Loud + Play, and half of those songs were on a Hanson.net Fan Club EP. How do you decide what songs make the Fan Club EPs, which come out every year, and which you’ll save for the wide-release album?
It’s a good question. Some of that stuff is subliminal. When you’ve had a relationship, creatively, between three people for more than two decades, there tends to be an unsaid mood that takes hold. And oftentimes you’ll find yourself in a year, and… It’s a little bit like when you eat something salty, then you want something sweet. If your last record was salty, your next record, you want it to be sweet. So I think a lot of times you can feel there’s an overarching theme, and you begin to archive songs that you feel align with that.

So I think the real, defining difference is, there’s a broad sense, always, that new songs are potentials for new records. And when we approach the fan club projects, we really try and start the process right then. We don’t usually include the idea that’s waiting. We treat it as this exercise of the mind, and of creativity, and we dive in. And we say today, on Wednesday, we’re going to create something. And the process really brings a song to life. So you’re not really pulling from the same database, in a way. It’s almost like two different disciplines.

So if your 2013 album Anthem was salty or sweet, how is the new album in 2017 going to contrast with that?
Anthem was more guitar-driven. I wouldn’t say it’s harder, but it definitely was pushing on the theme of anthemic songs. So it was not particularly designed as an intimate or introspective-type record as a whole. It was looking outward, driving forward. And I think with the amount of time that’s gone between the two, the methodology changes a little bit. There’s not quite as much yin and yang because we’ve had time to cook.

My hope is that this next record and the work that you’ll hear from us going into the next couple years is just true to the messages that have kept us going, which is that you’ve gotta be bold, you’ve gotta be putting your whole force behind whatever you’re passionate about. The thing that’s caused us to do what we do for so long is that commitment, and the willingness to take risks, and to really be focused on making things that you believe in.

You’re also releasing a new Christmas album!
We are planning to return with a second Christmas album next Christmas. 20 years later!

Will it be all new songs?
It will be all new. Like Snowed In… Snowed In was one of the favorite records we’ve made — not only one of the fan favorites, but for us to make it it really was one of the most fun and rewarding records.

Why is that?
I think because we didn’t have too much time to think about it. It was made in several weeks, and we were able to tap into our love of the celebration in that record. It’s a party Christmas record. It’s not an overly syrupy record, it’s meant to be kind of a celebratory time. It’s very much a rock ‘n’ roll Christmas record, so I think for the next Christmas album, we’ll try and continue the legacy of that record, and evolve it and have some new classics. And like we’ve done on Snowed In, we’ll definitely introduce some new originals. But that fits into the whole excitement: It’s time. It’s finally time.

And maybe the most important question: Do you have any new beers coming out?
Yes, we do! We’re introducing some seasonal beers. We’re introducing the beer that is inspired by our festival, The Hop Jam. It’s called the Hop Jam Festive Ale. That’s a saison. Everybody tries it and loves it, it’s a great summer beer. It’s really refreshing, it’s got orange peel and coriander, and it’s just a really delicious beer. Then in the fall, you’ll see an amber from us, which is a very traditional, earthy style, and we’ve got an imperial stout that will come out in the winter. I love dark beers, so it’s almost like we’re working our way to the dark stuff. On a personal level, I’ll be fulfilled!



Hanson draws nostalgic crowd at Stamford’s Alive@Five

Stamford Advocate

(Photo Gallery at the source)

STAMFORD — Hanson, the “MMMBop” pop stars of the ’90s, drew a large crowd of nostalgic millennials at Thursday’s Alive@Five concert.

“All of my tweenage dreams are coming true,” said Shannon English, a 31-year-old Redding resident who was a diehard Hanson growing up.

English attended the concert with her childhood best friend Megan Hubertus, a 32-year-old Danbury resident.

“We used to print off Hanson lyrics — that was like right when the Internet became a thing — and we would memorize all of the songs,” Hubertus said.

English even had a Hanson-themed cake for her 12th birthday.

“We’re both seeing them for the first time tonight, so we’re really excited,” she said.

It was the ultimate throwback Thursday event, as the boy band played indie-pop singles from its 1997 debut studio album, “Middle of Nowhere.”

The three-time, Grammy-nominated Hanson brothers also played newer songs and covers, opening the show with Sly and the Family Stone’s “I Want to Take You Higher.”

A group of professional dancers from Toronto lined up early to get spots in the front row. Diehard Hanson fans, the group has seen more than 100 Hanson concerts among the four of them.

“We just won a video dancing contest for their song ‘In The City’ in May, so we brought signs to let them know who we are,” said Kate Wiltshire, who has seen Hanson more than 60 times

Hanson received some national attention last week when it performed an impressive acoustic version of “MMMBop” on ABC’s Greatest Hits broadcast.

The band, formed in Oklahoma in 1992, features brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac. When they first formed the band, the youngest brother, Zac, was only 6 years old.

Once the babies of the music industry, the Hanson brothers are all grown up now with young children of their own. Taylor, now 33, has five children. Zac, 35, and Isaac, 30, each have three children.

The Hanson brothers are also the masterminds behind the cleverly named MmmHops American Pale Ale.

MmmHops isn’t distributed on the East Coast, but it can be found at a number of retailers in the Hanson brothers’ home state of Oklahoma and at select locations in Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

The Alive@Five concert series is operated by the city’s Downtown Special Services District and runs until Aug. 11. For the first time this year, the event is restricted to adults 21 and older.

The headliner next week is Third Eye Blind, a California rock band known best for its hits “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.”

Tickets for all Alive@Five concerts are $15, with a $5 discount for those who arrive before 6 p.m.

Staff writer Nelson Oliveria contributed to this report