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One Hit Wonders - HANSON (1997) (Edited 05/01/13 01:36PM by Nick__)
One Hit Wonders - HANSON (1997) <span style="font-size:12px;">(Edited 05/01/13 01:36PM by Nick__)</span> Photo


"MMMBop" by Hanson - 

In an interview with Zac Hanson, the drummer explained: "What that song talks about is, you've got to hold on to the things that really matter. MMMBop represents a frame of time or the futility of life. Things are going to be gone, whether it's your age and your youth, or maybe the money you have, and all that's going to be left are the people you've nurtured and have really built to be your backbone and your support system."
 
The group released this on an independent album (also called MMMBop) in 1996. It helped get them a record deal and was released as their first single in 1997, when Isaac Hanson was 16 years old, Taylor was 13, and Zac was 11. The song quickly became a huge worldwide hit, getting constant airplay on radio stations and MTV and going to #1 in 27 countries.
 
Experienced songwriters like Desmond Child and Barry Mann helped out with the album, but this was written entirely by the Hanson brothers. Years later, young singers who could also write their own songs became coveted by record companies, as singers like Michelle Branch and Alicia Keys had lots of success.
 
Zac Hanson: "That song started out as the background part for another song. We were making our first independent album and we were trying to come up with a background part. We started singing a slightly different incarnation of what is now the chorus of MMMBop. That sort of stuck in our heads but never really worked as a background part. Over a couple of years, we really crafted the rest of the song - the verses and bridge and so on. It was something we almost stumbled upon."
 
Growing up, the Hanson brothers listened to a lot of '50s and '60s music. Says Zac, "If anything, MMMBop was inspired by The Beach Boys and vocal groups of that era - using your voice as almost a Doo-Wop kind of thing."
 
This was nominated for a Grammy for Record Of The Year. Hanson performed it at the awards in 1998.
 
Hanson performed this on a bunch of TV shows, including both Leno and Letterman. They also performed it on Saturday Night Live, where they took part in a skit where they were kidnapped in an elevator and forced to listen to the song over and over until they snapped. Says Zac, "You've got to take yourself lightly, there's always something funny or stupid that you do, and when it comes to performing on a live comedy show, I think if you didn't poke fun at yourself, you need to question who you think you are."
 
Zac Hanson: "Nobody expected it to have that much success. You're proud of everything you do and you're confident in everything you do, but you never know how other people are going to react. You just put your whole self into it and hopefully you can be successful."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3653

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1997 - Year End Charts

1 Elton John Candle In The Wind 1997
2 Jewel Foolish Games / You Were Meant For Me
3 Puff Daddy and Faith Evans I'll Be Missing You
4 Toni Braxton Un-Break My Heart
5 Puff Daddy Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
6 R. Kelly I Believe I Can Fly
7 En Vogue Don't Let Go (Love)
8 Mark Morrison Return Of The Mack
9 LeAnn Rimes How Do I Live
10 Spice Girls Wannabe

12 Hanson MMMBop

| Closed on 05/29/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
13 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
23%b. 7-9 (I like this song)
23%c. 5-6 (It's Ok)
15%d. Who? What? Huh?
38%e. MMMFLOP!

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#1 | 354 days ago

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)
these guys were the birth of my weakness for toothy drummers with long blonde hair.

(all together now! mmmBOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooBOP shmoowee-OP baaaah doooooWOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooo....ohhhHHHyeah-uh!)
7-9 (I like this song)  
  
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#1 | 354 days ago

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)
these guys were the birth of my weakness for toothy drummers with long blonde hair.

(all together now! mmmBOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooBOP shmoowee-OP baaaah doooooWOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooo....ohhhHHHyeah-uh!)
7-9 (I like this song)  
#2 | 354 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
these guys were the birth of my weakness for toothy drummers with long blonde hair.

(all together now! mmmBOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooBOP shmoowee-OP baaaah doooooWOP beedoopeeDOP baaaah doooooo....ohhhHHHyeah-uh!)
This song is mos def part of our drunk karaoke set, with your lyrics though. Well done.
5-6 (It's Ok)  
#3 | 354 days ago

marcus_nyce wrote:
This song is mos def part of our drunk karaoke set, with your lyrics though. Well done.
ok! but i'm warning you, i have no clue what the english parts are. how about we do a sweet medley where we segue into the closing 36 "mmmmbops" from, oh say, an lfo jam?
7-9 (I like this song)  
#4 | 354 days ago

This song came out in 199? That makes it quite timeless. I dig that.
Who? What? Huh?  
#5 | 354 days ago

Just googled lyrics, was NOT disappointed!



Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose
You can plant any one of those
Keep planting to find out which one grows
It's a secret no one knows
It's a secret no one knows
Oh, no one knows

Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah
Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du, yeah


Oh
Yeah oh



(sh!t just got real)
5-6 (It's Ok)  
#6 | 354 days ago

My aunt and uncle played this song along with one called "Meet me in Montana" by Dan Seals every night to put my cousin asleep when he was 3-4.  To this day he puts his thumb in his mouth and grabs his blanket whenever he hears it.cheeky
7-9 (I like this song)  
#7 | 354 days ago

I will be supporting Nick with phone / lock screen / backgrounds of my favorite lyrics from the one hit wonders whenever possible.









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5-6 (It's Ok)  
#8 | 354 days ago

marcus_nyce wrote:
I will be supporting Nick with phone / lock screen / backgrounds of my favorite lyrics from the one hit wonders whenever possible.









*Contact your mobile carrier for complete details. Offer doesn't apply to Hawaii or Alaska. For entertainment purposes only. Regular messaging fees may apply. if your erection lasts for more than 4 hours....
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Who? What? Huh?  
#9 | 353 days ago

a guilty pleasure....catchy tune
7-9 (I like this song)  
#10 | 353 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
This song came out in 199? That makes it quite timeless. I dig that.
Yep!  199 AD!
MMMFLOP!  
#11 | 348 days ago

 (big brother Isaac kinda looking like Chad Kroeger) 
Who? What? Huh?  

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