For a hot minute in the late ’90s, three brothers from Oklahoma with long, blond hair and the last name Hanson got momentarily famous for singing about things that didn’t even make sense (“MMMBop”), selling millions of copies of Middle of Nowhere, snagging Grammy nominations, and, most enviably, kicking Carson Daly in the balls.
But then almost everyone forgot about Isaac, Taylor and Zac — even though they’re still making music now via their own independent label, 3CG Records. Hanson’s heading back to Fort Lauderdale for the first time in 10 years, playing at Revolution November 6, and according to this diehard fan, there are lots of reasons to attend — we list five below.
5. They’re all about the fans.
Small media has problems getting interviews with Hanson. It’s not because they have big heads. They just reserve their time for the fans. You can get a meet-and-greet if you’re a fan club member but that’s the most difficult way to get up close. The easiest? Walk with them before every concert. That’s how I got my college notebook signed.
4. They’re humanitarians, and you can help.
The single “Great Divide” on Hanson’s fourth studio album The Walk was recorded in Africa and proceeds were donated to AIDS relief. To keep up the good will Hanson teamed up with TOMS Shoes. If you buy a pair of TOMS at the concert, the American company will donate another pair to kids in need.
3. They’re family men.
Two years ago at a House of Blues show, I stretched my neck and locked eyes with Penny, Taylor’s daughter. She was clad in her PJ’s, hair in braids, and obviously ready for bed. Yes, they’re all married. Yes, they all have kids. And yes, the whole gang comes along on tour.
2. Their songs have aged well.
Hanson re-recorded Middle of Nowhere in 2007. That means they’re 90s’ hit MMMbop as well as “Where’s The Love” and “Man from Milwaukee” sound more adult. If you’re looking for something a little more new check out “Penny & Me,” a song arguably about Taylor’s daughter but fantastic none-the-less.
1. They’re still mad adorable.
The brothers chopped their locks long ago and the shorter do’s fit their sexy style. Zac briefly tried growing it back out but thankfully realized long hair is only cute on girls, kids, and Shih Tzus.