Taylor Hanson, the middle Hanson brother, celebrates a milestone on March 14 when he turns 30-years-old! In honor of Taylor, and because I love any excuse to talk about Hanson, this week’s Flashback is dedicated to those blonde haired, blue-eyed boys, who charmed their way into our hearts in the 90′s with their prepubescent swoons of MMMBop.
Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, and Zac Hanson jumped onto the pop scene in 1997 with the release of their first studio album, Middle of Nowhere, and the enormous success of their first single “MMMBop.” Following the almost overnight success of the band in the late 90′s, the group was unable to reclaim that commercial success with their 2000 follow-up album, This Time Around.
What have they been doing since?
Although This Time Around preformed below expectations, the brother’s continued to follow their passion for music. Since breaking from their record label in the early 2000′s, they have made a name for themselves in the Independent music world with their last three albums breaking into the top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart.
Today, the brothers are wrapping up work on their next album (due out later this year).
In January, the group extended an offer to fans to be a part of the music video for their next single, “Get The Girl Back.” The video is the first single off their upcoming, sixth studio album, and includes some famous faces, with real-life fans Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald, Kat Dennings, Drake Bell, and Drew Seeley among the crowd.
Reed and Dennings themselves are close friends, and happen to be long-time fans of Hanson. The actress-turned-singer, Reed, describes the brothers as “polished musicians” and notes: ”When you’re around them, you have to be inspired musically. They’re so talented.”
However, music is not everything to these men; in between recording and touring, they are all busy raising their families. Each brother is married, and between the three of them they have a total of 9 kids (yeah, that’s right, I said 9). I have my fingers crossed that we will be hearing the next generation of Hanson on our radios soon.
Launch the gallery for a look back at their albums thus far, and pictures of the boys hard at work on the new album.
Plus, check out the fun, Blue’s Brother inspired video below for their 2010 single, “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin”