The trio also had a few ideas about who should cover their 1996 (wtf) smash-hit in 2016
Before Justin Bieber melted hearts with a floppy bowl-cut on YouTube, the flaxen-haired boys of Hanson were flicking their surfer-esque locks and earning a million declarations of love with their insanely catchy hit MMMBop, which was basically the soundtrack to our youth, even though we didn’t have a clue what it meant…
But Zac, Isaac and Taylor Hanson have revealed the real meaning behind the song, *and* the fact that we’ve actually all been singing it wrong for 20 years. Say whaaat?
Speaking to Vulture about MMMBop‘s 20-year anniversary this month, the brothers confessed they’ve never heard a good cover of their song: ‘You know why?’ Isaac said, ‘people can’t sing the chorus right. Most of the time they syncopate it wrong.’
‘If Bruno Mars were interested, he’d probably find a way to kill it’ he continued.
Oops, the rest of us better steer clear, it seems.
And if you ever wondered what the heck those indeciperhable pop lyrics were all about, the boys also shed a little light on the deeper meaning behind MMMBop.
‘It does tap into a theme we’ve continued to have, which is to interweave relatively serious thoughts – the verses, you know… It’s not exactly sunshine and rainbows, but it’s packaged in a way that it’s looking for the moral to the story,’ said Taylor.
‘I think a lot of people did not [realise it was this darker song]’ he continued. ‘And that makes sense. But hopefully over time, the staying power of that song is about the fact that it’s more than it looks like at first glance. That hook is what gets you in, but what’s below, that is what keeps you there.’
Ok, so apparently MMMBop is a dark tale of…morality? And all those times we’ve strained our vocal chords trying to hit the high notes have been in vain because we were doing it wrong all along. Gotcha, guys.
Either way the boys can’t be too upset at the mass misinterpretation ‘cos their catchy rifts propelled them to international fame and led to a further six albums and their own record label. And at the mo, Hanson are currently in the process of launching their own beer company (flagship brew: MMMHops – not a joke).
But we’ll always remember the boys like this we reckon…
But a quick scan of Hanson’s website lets us see their incredible transformation from gingham-clad teeny-boppers, to handsome rockers…
We suddenly feel absolutely ancient. A glass of MMMHops, anyone?