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Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’ Gets the Doo-Wop Treatment Thanks to Postmodern Jukebox


Postmodern Jukebox covers Hanson’s “MMMbop.”
When then-child band Hanson busted straight out of the Middle of Nowhere(aka Tulsa) in 1997 with their smash first single “MMMBop,” they loved telling reporters how their musical style was heavily influenced by the Motown and early rock n’ roll compilations they listened to as (even younger) kids.

Well, now YouTube covers band sensation Postmodern Jukebox have returned the favor by stripping back the insanely catchy original’s Dust Brothers beats and scratching and replacing them with some good old-fashioned doo-wop soda shop pop. The Happy Days-esque version of “‘Bop” from the group known for reimagining everyone from Katy Perry to the White Stripes, Twenty One Pilots and Guns N’ Roses is heavy on handclaps and barbershop quartet harmonizing.

Check it out:


Scoop: GREATEST HITS on ABC – Thursday, July 7, 2016

Broadway World

“Greatest Hits: 1995-2000” – The second half of the 1990s launched huge careers for the biggest names in pop, rap, hip-hop and rock music. This episode celebrates the greatest hits of the musical era from 1995-2000 with never-before-seen collaborations with Backstreet Boys & Meghan Trainor, Coolio & CeeLo Green, Jewel & Tori Kelly, LL COOL J & Wiz Khalifa and an unforgettable acoustic performance by Hanson. The episode also features John Legend’s captivating rendition of Lauryn Hill’s smash hits “Ex Factor” and “Doo Wop (That Thing).” Hosted by actor and comedian Arsenio Hall and country music star Kelsea Ballerini, “Greatest Hits” will air THURSDAY, JULY 7 (9:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Musical performances from 1995-2000 include:

Backstreet Boys & Meghan Trainor – “I Want It That Way”
Coolio & CeeLo Green – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
John Legend – “Ex Factor/Doo Wop (That Thing)” (Lauryn Hill)
Jewel & Tori Kelly – “You Were Meant For Me”
LL COOL J & Wiz Khalifa – “Loungin’/We Dem Boyz”
Hanson – “Mmmbop”
Backstreet Boys – “Everybody”

This week in music: 1997 Puff Daddy


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Let’s turn back the clock and check some entertainment headlines from 1997.

J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is published in the U.K. It comes to U.S. the next year as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“Titanic” crashes into theaters. It is the most expensive film of all time, costing between $250 and $300 million to produce and market.

On TV, people were watching “Friends,” “ER” and “Veronica’s Closet.”

And these were the songs that were the songs people were listening to this week 19 years ago.

Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 had The Notorious B.I.G at number five with “Hypnotize.” The song was the first release from his album “Life After Death” which came out after the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting earlier in the year.

Checking in at number four was Mark Morrison with “Return of the Mack.”

At number three was the Spice Girls with “Say You’ll Be There.” You may also remember the video which features the group as a band of female techno-warriors, who use martial arts and high-tech ninja weapons.

Holding down the number two spot was Hanson with “Mmmbop.” The song was popular all over the world reaching number one in 27 countries including the U-S.

Puff Daddy and Faith Evans took the top spot in 1997 with their hit “I’ll Be Missing You.” It was a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. It sampled “Every Breath You Take,” the 1983 hit by The Police. “I’ll Be Missing You” spent 11 weeks in the top spot making it one of the biggest singles of all time.

Three Albums That Changed My Life: Cleopold

Howl and Echoes

Hanson – Middle of Nowhere

This is the first album I ever bought from a record store when I was 7 or 8 growing up in Switzerland. My father suggested it while we were shopping together. I was a choir boy growing up and sung with the Knaben Kantorei Basel, which was an 80 piece vocal choir. I listened to it and remember thinking perhaps one day I could sing in the same style as MMMbop. 

Listen to Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos & Hanson Cover Paul Revere & The Raiders: Exclusive Premiere


Bun E. Carlos
When Bun E. Carlos was making a guest list for his new solo album, Greetings From Bunezuela!, Taylor Hanson was a no-brainer. After all, the two were part of theTinted Windows power pop all-star group in 2009 with Fountains of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
The exiled Cheap Trick drummer did not expect to get the whole of Hanson, including brothers Isaac and Zac, for his cover of Paul Revere & the Raiders‘ “Him Or Me” (premiering below), however — but he’s not at all complaining.

“Whenever I would mentally discuss this [solo] record with myself, I would be like, ‘Well, I gotta get Taylor on a couple [of songs],” Carlos tells Billboard. “At the last minute, it was probably in March, I hadn’t reached out yet because I thought he had a full menu. Then an opportunity arose; I was in Chicago and I cut the backing track and it sounded real good and I was like, ‘I’ve got to get Taylor to do this.’ So I got ahold of the Hansons and sent it to Taylor, and it came back with all three brothers on it, and it sounds great.”

"Greetings From Bunezuela!" by Bun E. Carlos
“Greetings From Bunezuela!” by Bun E. Carlos

Greetings From Bunezuela! comes out June 24 featuring covers of songs by the Who,the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees, Them and others recorded with Carlos’ all-star Candy Golde as well as his reunited high school band, the Pageans. Guest vocalists include Soul Asylum‘s Dave Pirner, Robert Pollard, Alejandro Escovedo,Wilco and Candy Golde’s John Stirratt and more, some singing their own songs as well as the covers. Carlos had the concept in mind for a number of years, but finally hunkered down on the project after Cheap Trick’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced in December.

“I didn’t actually get rolling ’til January, so it was kind of a last-minute thing,” Carlos recalls. “Every time I got a track from somebody, either by email or in the studio to record with the band, it was a great moment for me just to be sitting there, listening to these guys doing this stuff. I would thinking, ‘I could’ve done the whole record with this guy’ or ‘I could’ve done the whole record with these guys.’ Every singer just delivered more than I expected. It was a very good experience for me.”

Carlos is working to put together at least one show featuring all or most of his collaborators from the album. He also predicts that Bunezuela! could be a going conceptual concern. “I could do two or three more albums with the list [of songs] I have sitting out in my practice room right now,” says Carlos, who’s had recent conversations about a second Tinted Windows album, too. “There were a lot of guys I didn’t call ’cause I didn’t have the budget for it and it was so last minute. There’s other guys I got ahold of who couldn’t do this one but would probably do another. So, yeah, I could do more of these in a skinny minute. That would be a lot of fun.”

Greetings From Bunezuela! is Carlos’ personal afterglow to Cheap Trick’s Rock Hall induction, which found him playing live with the band for one night after reaching an agreement — and lawsuits which have since been settled — that keeps him an official member of the band but not participating in touring or recording. “We were the one band with the original guys up there that weren’t killing each other,” Carlos notes, referring to personnel issues that plagued the inductions of Deep Purple and Chicago. “Everything was real cordial when we came together. It’s a pleasure to play in Cheap Trick. The four of us really sound good on stage and we play great together, and I think you can tell that. We didn’t even rehearse for [the ceremony]; we just got up and did a sound check and did the gig.”

Nevertheless, there were enough residual issues that Carlos was moved to write a lengthy Facebook post to his bandmates following the ceremony asking for a certain amount of decorum moving forward. “When backs are turned I’m sure other things are said. It’s in the Cheap Trick tradition if you’re the guy not in the room you’re the guy who gets nailed,” Carlos explains. “People came up to me the day of the Hall of Fame and said, ‘Did you hear what those guys called you on Howard Stern yesterday?’ and ‘Did you see what they’re calling you in Rolling Stone?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, but this is Hall of Fame day so we’re being nice today,’ and when we were in the same room together everyone was real nice. Nothing new there; We’ve known each other for 50 years, so sometimes it’s like a bunch of old hens, y’know?”


This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, Hanson Hit No. 1 With ‘MmmBop’



The brother trio topped the Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mariah Carey, Deniece Williams and Hootie & the Blowfish.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

May 23, 1998
Mariah Carey scores her lucky 13th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “My All.” She’s since upped her total to 18 leaders, the most among all solo artists in the chart’s history.

May 24, 1997
Its lyrics may have been somewhat nonsensical, but, thanks to its undeniable hook,Hanson‘s “MmmBop” became a smash. On this date in 1997, it began a three-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100.

May 25, 1991
The Billboard 200 adopts Nielsen Music point-of-sale data, sparking, for the first time in the rock era, a chart ranking album sales not by retailer reports but electronically-scanned unit sales. No. 1 that week? Adult contemporary icon Michael Bolton‘s Time, Love and Tenderness.

May 26, 1984
Give it up for Deniece Williams! And, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” too. Her smash reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 32 years ago today.

May 27, 1995
Nowadays, Darius Rucker is racking up country hits like “Wagon Wheel,” “Radio” and “Homegrown Honey.” Twenty-one years ago, he was also tops with Hootie & the Blowfish. On this date in 1995, the act’s breakthrough album Cracked Rear View, featuring the monster hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Time,” spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara‘s ’80s classic “Flashdance… What a Feeling” began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 29, 2004
Gretchen Wilson climbed to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, for the first of five weeks on top, with the Southern pride anthem “Redneck Woman.”


Top 40 flashback to this week in 1997: Hanson’s MmmBop was Number 1

Official Charts

Top 40 flashback to this week in 1997: Hanson's MmmBop was Number 1

Cast your mind back 19 years to the sound of summer, that hit that was never off the radio. Having trouble remembering? Shall we refresh your Mmmemory?

Back in 1997, three wholesome looking brothers caused a global sensation with their debut single MmmBop, which smashed straight to the top of the Official Singles Chart this week in 1997.

Thanks to a particularly good start to the summer – don’t let anybody tell you Brits’ music purchases aren’t influenced by the weather – the super-catchy, sunny vibe of the song helped it stay at Number 1 for three sizzling weeks.

MmmBop is the one everyone remembers, but Hanson did go on to have more hits – eight Top 40s in all, including a couple of quick comebacks in 2000 and 2005. Their debut album Middle Of Nowhere also topped the chart for a week. We last saw them in 2007, when they just missed the Top 40 with Go.

MmmBop has a chart sales tally of 758,000, and was the 11th biggest selling single of 1997. There’s still a bit of love out there for MmmBop – over 600 of you have downloaded it so far this year.

Here’s that week’s frankly fantastic Top 10. Click on the image to see the full Top 100.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, it was 😢 for Eternal, deposed from the top spot after just a week with their one and only Number 1 I Wanna Be The Only One (feat. Bebe Winans). Radiohead’s Paranoid Android scored the Oxford band a new personal best at Number 3 – it’s their highest-charting single to date.

Further down the chart, Gina G returned with Ti Amo and Marilyn Manson was new at 18 with Beautiful People, which would one day become the theme tune to WWE SmackDown.

Let’s relive the mmmagic of MmmBop, and prommmise never to do that lammme joke with mmm ever again.

Brews & BBQ

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Brews and BBQ Event Information

Townsquare Media presents Brews and BBQ featuring Hanson and Quiet Riot. It‘s an opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy two days of fun with our Brews and BBQ festival.
WHEN: September 2-3, 2016. Doors open at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Rockford Speedway (Map).
FEATURING: Hanson and Quiet Riot
TICKETS: Tickets on sale to radio station VIP club members 10 a.m. June 2. Tickets on sale to general public 10 a.m. June 3.

September 2nd & 3rd, 2016

Rockford Speedway
Loves Park, Il

Quiet Riot

Starting at $20

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