— Mon, Apr 2, 2007 —

What happened to Hanson? It seems like just a few MMMBops ago they were 10 and girlish. Now they're all grown up and producing documentaries detailing their bumpy ride to tepid mediocrity, but still very, very girlish.


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No. 1
Ronald says:

Awww...but they're so pretty! Like life-size Ken dolls and shit.

April 2, 2007 9:35 AM
No. 2
Nicole says:

Don't hate. Way to be redundant with the "tepid mediocrity" comment. They really are a good band. I believe they had the best selling independent album on Billboard, maybe of all time (I'm not sure). No one will give them a chance because of "Mmmbop" but they really are a great band.

April 2, 2007 9:55 AM
No. 3
Sam says:

This new guy sucks. Listen to some music before making assumptions.

April 2, 2007 9:59 AM
No. 4
em says:

Wow, I had no idea there were so many die-hard Hanson fans still out there. It's not because of "MMMBop" that I personally never gave them a chance. I had a friend who liked them and made me listen to their other stuff, and I thought it all sucked. IMO, of course.

April 2, 2007 10:05 AM
No. 5
angela says:

Are these two ladies on their way to a WNBA game? To go Subaru shopping?

April 2, 2007 10:06 AM
No. 6
ronnie says:

How do em and Nicole know that Cord didn't form his opinion after having listened to Hanson? Way to be presumptuous with that "you should listen to music..." comment. Oh, and don't tell me that matters de gustibus are going to be argued. Good luck with that.

April 2, 2007 11:00 AM
No. 7
Music Major says:

You hacks are just intimidated by real talent. And a couple of you seem angry that you can't f*ck them (it's all in the subtext, people).

I caught them by accident at The Fillmore a few years ago, and not only was there not a single tape machine in sight, but their songs started and ended when they were supposed to.

Hanson were never supposed to be pop stars. The Hanson Brothers are MUSICIANS, meaning that they make music by CREATING THEIR OWN SONGS and PLAYING THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS.

That is what MUSICIANS, not POP STARS, do. These boys just happened to be born prettier than most of us, and a lot of you "surface-dwellers" can't take it. It always sucks when natural talent & beauty go hand in hand, doesn't it?

I'm not a Hanson fan, I am a 42-year old with a Degree in Music and two decades in the music business.

April 2, 2007 11:18 AM
No. 8
Krista says:

Ha, and here I was about to post that there's this hard-core Hanson fanbase out there that boggles my mind. Well, there you go folks.

April 2, 2007 11:36 AM
No. 9
ronnie says:

Music Major,

Are you suggesting that only people with music degrees can recognize good music? I don't understand the proffering of credentials.

The Hansons may be good musicians, but some people don't appreciate their stuff. There are plenty of technically skilled musicians, who play derivative junk. There are also musicians who, quite simply, don't have the je ne sais quois that entice people to listen.

Hanson may be glad of the fanatacism displayed on this board, but it leaves this non-Hanson-lover a little cold.


April 2, 2007 11:52 AM
No. 10
em says:

Damn! I loves me the rabidness of the Hanson fanbase! Thanks for the enlightenment.

I'm a musician, and I'm also entitled to my own damn opinion. Just because I don't like Hanson doesn't mean I can't appreciate "real" musicians. Jamie Cullum's a "real" musician, and I happen to like his music more. Like I said, my opinion.

Also, isn't the insult "bottom-dwellers"? I happen to like the surface I'm on, thank you very much.

Also, ronnie, I never said anything about Cord not knowing Hanson before forming an opinion. That was the poster above me.

April 2, 2007 11:52 AM
No. 11
wiki says:

Ha Ha (a la Nelson) read their "personal life" section.

April 2, 2007 11:57 AM
No. 12
Music Major says:

Dear Ronnie,

Sorry you couldn't figure out that I too am stating my own opinion. I didn't realize I needed your permission to do so. My bad! ;-D

No, I'm not suggesting that one has to have a Music Degree to know good music when one hears it, although a varied taste in music never hurt anyone. Ironically I feel sometimes Music Theorists occasionally have barriers when it comes to new sounds (i.e. hardcore snobs as opposed to merely pretentious like myself, lol). I was suggesting that I've been listening to many types of music for many years, therefore have a base of experience to draw from and not just the "MTV Generation", and while I am not specifically a fan of Hanson, I am a fan of real musicians.

Musicians too often get ignored behind half-naked lolitas and booty-shakers and wannabe thugs stringing sentences over other peoples' music. I'm not saying that all pop music is bad, there have been some brilliant pop songs over the past 50 years, but come on.

Musicians have to actually practice and work at their craft in order to get good enough to be paid. They can't just be 'cute' or a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club. The Stones haven't been around 45 years because they're a band of hotties. Aretha Franklin doesn't still sell records because she's got a hard bod. Ella Fitzgerald would die in obscurity in this century because she wasn't "MTV-worthy". That is the basis of my 'surface-dweller' comment. It's my opinion that a real musician would understand that.

Perhaps I should have been more clear in my earlier post. Class dismissed. Have a great day, everyone.

April 2, 2007 12:20 PM
No. 13
hannah says:

music man. get a freaking life. seriously. don't 42 year old music majors have better things to do with their time than bitch over hanson??

April 2, 2007 12:47 PM
No. 14
ronnie says:

Sorry em.

Music Major: stating one's opinion (jesus, doesn't THAT word get old) is different than saying that another's is invalid. "I don't like Hanson." "Golly, Musi Major is a total DOUCHE for liking music." Both are opinions. But one is easier to swallow tih my morning coffee, you dig?

Although some of your post was syntactically challenging, I made out, "Musicians have to actually practice and work at their craft in order to be good enough to be paid." Is that what they're teaching in college these days? There are plenty of talentless musicians being paid, and plenty of talented musicians with no money.

Resist the impulse to respond. I will.

April 2, 2007 12:52 PM
No. 15
kat says:

I don't recognize these boys now that they have chopped their locks. Except for the guy on the right--he has the BEST smile! Cute kids!

April 2, 2007 12:55 PM
No. 16
bettylafea says:


April 2, 2007 5:17 PM
No. 17
declanium says:

the guy on the right is HOT!

April 2, 2007 5:18 PM
No. 18
Music Major says:

Dear Hannah,

In answer to your question, I mentioned in my first post that I work in the music business and have for almost 20 years, so since this is part of my job, no, I don't have anything better to do.

How about you?

Dear Ronnie,

I don't think you're a douche for stating your opinion, even though it may not sync with mine. The fact that you would call me a douche because you don't agree with me just shows which of us is sitting at the grownups' table. Nice attempt at passive-agression with that one, however. I'll give it a C for Could You Try A Little Harder Next Time?

It's refreshing to see that tweens are as pompous as 40-somethings though. My favorite part of your last post Ronnie was 'suggesting' that I not reply to it. Adorable!

Take Care.

April 2, 2007 7:15 PM
No. 19
WTF says:

I liked MMMBop, I wonder if I still have that cd around here somewhere.

Luckily they grew up to be better looking than as children.

April 2, 2007 8:35 PM
No. 20
Jennifer says:

holy crap! They turned out gorgeous...

April 2, 2007 8:40 PM
No. 21
Other Karen says:

Nice looking boys.

With their looks and at the age they started, they were bound to be launched with the pop angle, whether or not that was the boys' style.

Anyone remember Evon and Jaron? Their pop status drove them crazy. All the pre-teens would come to their shows and not understand any of their set. Apparently they do an acoustic version of "You (Shook Me All Night Long)".

April 2, 2007 9:11 PM
No. 22
Alycia says:

I think Hanson fans must have turned into Gayken fans. Touchy much people? Or are people who have been trained in music just superior in general? Yeah...that's the ticket.

April 2, 2007 10:02 PM
No. 23
Becca says:

Grown up Hanson is kiiiinda creepy.

April 3, 2007 12:42 AM
No. 24
DIC Celebrity Gossip says:

They're pretty creepy, but I'll take the Hanson brothers anytime over this set of brothers:


April 3, 2007 2:04 AM
No. 25
Anna says:

I just don??t like them. Their voices are whiny and everything they do still sounds like 1997 to me. If they still have a fanbase, more power to them, but if it was up to me they??d still be buried in the 90??s and just...stay there.

April 3, 2007 2:49 AM
No. 26
Callie says:

Good lord it's a teeny bopper band all grown up. WHY are you spending so much time and energy arguing over something so silly?

April 3, 2007 11:13 AM
No. 27
mmm? says:

woah woah woah.. 2 hotties but wheres the oldest one who was always ugly?

April 3, 2007 8:31 PM
No. 28
NC says:

I don't think Hanson sound like 1997 anymore. Have you listened to their cds front to back to come to this conclusion? I can't think of a single current Hanson song that sounds like "Mmmbop". Sure they have a signature feel, but their music has done nothing but become more mature.

To anyone who doubts that they have talent, look them up live on youtube or go to the itunes store and watch their documentaries- they are really interesting.

I can see how people may dislike them personally but still credit them as decent musicians, those people don't upset me. It's the ones who make hasty generalizations about them without looking into their newer music at all.

April 3, 2007 10:55 PM
No. 29
Bella says:

mmm - The oldest brother, Isaac, was at home with his wife on this particular night as she was due to give birth any time. The baby, Clarke Everett, was born April 3rd sometime in the morning. Oh yeah.. and he's quite easy on the eyes ;)

As for everything else.. I'm a Hanson fan and an extremely proud one at that. It's been ten years since this band came into my life and here's hoping for another ten. I'm not a 'teeny bopper' my other favourite band is Placebo - but like Music Major mentioned, I'm a fan of musicians who write and perform their own material and also a fan of music that touches my emotions. Hanson do this.

Before you judge Hanson now, based purely on 1997, take a moment to check out their new music on their latest album, The Walk - released in the US May 22. I think most of you will be suitably impressed.

Hanson.net for more information.

April 4, 2007 7:53 AM
No. 30
laura says:

It's hard to fathom the hatred; it's really a waste of your time. They're musicians doing their thing; they're very good-looking. Either like their music or not. They're for real; they can play; they're respected in the business...those are facts. If you don't care for their music that's just fine; go listen to what you like. They're not mediocre and they're not "girlish"...what is it about them that threatens you so much that you feel the need to use those words? Either like their music or not and move on.

April 4, 2007 8:17 AM
No. 31
star says:

i've been a hanson fan for 10 years and honestly i think they're music is a hell of a lot better now than the "mmmbop days" but obviously most band's music does mature over time especially bands who started between the ages of 11 and 16 back in 97' . i just saw them in concert last month and it was amazing and the guys don't look to bad themselves. i'm 22 now and i can tell ya i'll be going to every hanson concert i can til i'm 50 as long as they're around. they're music is real and they're talent is breath taking..i will never regret sticking around with these guys! anyone who hasn't heard they're new shit..give it a listen..you might be surprised

April 5, 2007 12:34 AM

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