Between Monday’s Labor Day holiday and my two-day jaunt to Dallas to check out Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen’s new film “The Way,” I totally missed that Tulsa trio Hanson turned in a nifty cover of Weezer’s 2006 hit “Troublemaker” for this week’s installment of Billboard.com’s Mashup Mondays.
“Weezer’s an amazing band. … What I’ve always admired is the fact that they really have an identifiable thing going, which is sort-of-pop songs — but heavy,” singer/musician Taylor Hanson told Billboard.com. “‘Troublemaker’ is such a cool attitude-ridden track.”
Although the Hanson brothers are best known for their 1997 smash “MMMBop,” they continue to make great music and build a faithful fan following. Hanson’s latest album, “Shout It Out,” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and made my top 10 list for 2010. The group is on a world tour that will include a hometown show Sept. 20 at Cain’s Ballroom, along with dates in South America and Europe. In addition, the band made a cameo in Katy Perry’s music video “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” (Perry has her own Tulsa show coming up on Sept. 17 at the BOK Center.)
But you can’t please everybody, and “MMMBop” recently was listed as the No. 6 worst song of the ’90s in a Rolling Stone readers’ poll, although the mag is nice enough to note that, “Many see Hanson as a one-hit wonder band, but their fan base has remained incredibly loyal and they continue to play big shows.” Oh, well, haters gonna hate, as the saying goes, especially when you’re searching for a scapegoat for the ’90s teen-pop revival that brought us N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls.