Music/Popular Culture

Appreciating a wildly unappreciated band: MMMBop, bitches (Saturday Video Roundup)

When they first hit in 1997 with “MMMBop,” I remember Hanson being dismissed by my music intelligentsia friends as some kind of put-up job, a prefab kiddie novelty act. Thing is, it wasn’t true. At all. The brothers Hanson – Taylor, Isaac and Zac – were legit talented, their shiny, radio-friendly sound underpinned by a rich sense of Chicago R&B rhythm and Gospel-inflected harmony. (It’s fun trying to write in hipster-reviewer speak, init? Hey, I’ve been telling you for years I ain’t no reviewer.)

Now, nearly two decades on, they’re better than ever. Let’s kick today’s #SVR with a recent acoustic performance of that hit, one that strips down to the naked essence of a worthy pop gem.

Here’s the lads are riffing on Blues Brothers. One of the most infectious tunes I’ve heard in years. Admit it – you wish you were in this video.

From 2010, “Give a Little.” Yeah, they an write a hook.

We’ll close with “Get the Girl Back” from 2013’s Anthem. A little neo-Soul, anybody?

Happy Saturday, folks.

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