Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hanson Explain Great Song Hooks



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If anybody knows how to write a good song hook, it’s Hanson. ‘MMMBop’ sticks in your head like no other, and it’s hard for anyone to deny its insatiable catchiness. AOL Music caught up with the trio of brothers recently, who dished on what they think the greatest song hooks of all time are — and you might be surprised which thongs, err, songs, they picked.
“You can’t write a hook unless you know what it’s like to hear one and love it,” Taylor, 28, reveals, adding that he thinks the classic ‘All You Need Is Love’ is one of the best hooks ever. Zac, the youngest brother, says that he thinks a strong hook “taps into something primal.”
“I think about ‘We Will Rock You,’” he says specifically. “Every stadium crowd in the world will sing along to that song — scream it out, stomp their feet and clap their hands like a bunch of Neanderthals, and it feels so good.”
We can imagine that Hanson know pretty well what that feels like, considering that their 1997 No. 1 hit ‘MMMBop’ was a smash phenomenon in many countries that don’t even speak English as a first language … Not that ‘MMMBop’ is a real word (according to Hanson, it means a moment in time).
Taylor adds that while the Beatles had a good thing going for them, there are some more modern grabbing hooks out there — some you may not think of on first thought. “There’s a lot of people who are big fans of thongs,” Taylor explains, noting Sisqo’s ‘The Thong Song.’ It seems that Zac, who can be seen slapping his backside to the beat in the clip below, caught a bit of the booty shaking fever thanks to that 2000 chart-topper.
Hanson will kick off their Musical Ride tour on Sept. 3, and as of right now, there’s no word on whether or not they’ll be covering Sisqo’s big hit.


Hanson Name 'the Greatest Hook of All Time' in Exclusive Interview

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While gearing up for their upcoming Musical Ride tour, set to hit the road for a Sept. 3 start, brothers Issac, Taylor and Zac of Hanson took a moment to give AOL their take on music's greatest hook of all time.

"You can't write a hook unless you know what it's like to hear one and love it," Taylor insists. "It taps into something primal," youngest brother Zac adds, citing Queen's 'We Will Rock You.'

The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' also comes up during the brotherly debate, but you'll have to watch the video interview below to get the final word on the most happening hook of all time, according to the 'MMMBop'pers.

We wonder if the guys considered Katy Perry's No. 1 hit 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),' the video for which they cameoed, on their list of hooks that take them on a "Musical Ride"!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hanson to Play Sunshine Theater, 9/18

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Hanson, The Musical Ride Tour 2011 will be coming to the Sunshine Theater on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm.   Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Hanson is an American pop rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Isaac Hanson, pianist and vocalist Taylor Hanson, and drummer and vocalist Zac Hanson. Their work has spanned many different genres, including rock, blues, folk, and pop. They are most noted for their Grammy-nominated 1997 hit single, "MMMBop." Their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere (the band's third recorded album and first major studio album, also nominated for a Grammy) was met with critical acclaim and went on to achieve multi-platinum status. The group's subsequent major effort, This Time Around showcased the brothers' considerable talent and artistic growth, receiving wide critical acclaim for its bluesy/classic-rock and soulful pop harmonies. 
Tickets for the concert are $25.  For more information, click here

Friday, August 26, 2011

Taylor Hanson: The Idolator Interview

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You may best remember Hanson as the band that brought the world the non-word “MMMBop”, but the boys who hail from Oklahoma have been going long and hard at music for nearly two decades. (Pretty impressive for a band with two members under the age of thirty.) In 2009, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac released their eighth studio album Shout It Out, and will soon embark on a Fall tour, with each night’s set list chosen by the fans. Twenty-eight-year-old frontman Taylor Hanson took a break from working on new material in Nashville to speak with us about the band’s side projects, their longtime friendship with Weird Al, and their new one with Katy Perry. Plus, as a former teen heartthrob, Taylor had a few excellent bits of advice for today’s It Boy of pop, Justin Bieber. Check out our exclusive chat with the middle Hanson bro below.

Taylor-HansonIDOLATOR: You and your brothers recently made a cameo in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” video. How did that come together? Is she a huge Hanson fan?
TAYLOR HANSON: She said she was a fan, and wanted to have us in the video. And we figured, that’s a compliment! It’s kind of a nice thing to be thought of. They were looking for a band that was known where you’d see them in a clip and go, “Is that… Yeah, it was!” And also somebody that worked for the attitude of the video.
What was it like on set?
Hung out with Kenny G, he was a gentleman, talked about music. He had his son with him. What a cool thing to have Kenny G be your saxophone player! Just hung out on the lawn a lot. All the extras were pretty tired at the end of the day, and at that point of shooting we started jamming and became the on-set house band. In between takes we were cracking jokes with the extras. We had a good time.
You and your brothers seem pretty tight with Weird Al – he even appeared in your “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’” video. When did this unlikely friendship form? Was it when you first appeared on The Weird Al Show back in the day?
We met several times early on… he had that show which lasted a couple seasons, and we all hit it off. We’re all fans of his, I feel like so many people have so much respect for him. He’s a genius. We became friends after he started a family. His daughter is my oldest son’s almost exact age. We’ve just been friends for the last ten years or so. Periodically he’ll come to our shows – he sat in for us the last time we were in LA. We had Robert Schwartzman, and Butch Walker and Al Yankovic, playing tambourine with us.

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When we were doing that music video, the slightly longer version is that he asked me to play on his record, and I guested on his latest record on a tune. I played keyboard on a song called “If That Isn’t Love”. And he was like, Hey, if there’s anything you need me more, give me a call. And as we started doing the video, we thought of him to play this character, the tambourine player. But we thought, well, that’s too small of a role, and if we’re to have Al do something, it should be something super, focused on him, and let him go over the top. As the video was coming together, we just knew having him would put it over the edge.
You’re currently in the studio writing and recording. Who are you writing with?
A lot of guys who are friends who have written songs for people like Carrie Underwood and Bowling For Soup. One of the guys from Bowling For Soup, Jaret Reddick, we’ve written stuff with him, and we’ve known the guys in Jars Of Clay for a while, so we’ve been working on some stuff. A bunch of different people.
Is any of this for a new Hanson album?
It’s actually for other people’s projects. Playing the outside role. The idea of writing and working that isn’t ultimately the thing that you’re going to walk out on stage to do, it’s such different head space. But it’s great to do that. It’s something we want to do more of to get the creative juices flowing.
Can we expect another Tinted Windows album?
The first project was in and of itself kind of an epic one, it was just pieces of things that were done over the course of three years. And finally it was a “done” album. There probably will be another Tinted Windows album. But it’s a side project, so it has to stay fun. We don’t want to have to look at the clock and say, “Well, it’s been a year, time for a new album”… there hopefully will be something else.

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You began your career when you were about 11-years old. How has writing and performing changed over the years for you?
When you’re starting anything you might have that feeling in your gut that you can do this, but you don’t have the experience to know what you can bring to the table as a writer, or a player, and as a singer. One of the ways writing changes is, at least for me, you begin to approach some things a little bit more like [you're] on a mission, especially when you’re writing on specific projects, when you know ‘I can do this style versus this style.’ You can see where the lines are drawn. The biggest change is that sense of reaching further in confidence and that you really do have those tools and experiences to pull from. For me, it’s only exciting if you’re pushing yourself to grow.
How does the music-writing process work between you and your brothers? Does one of you handle the lyrics, someone else the music?
We’re pretty unique in that we all write music and lyrics. People have their styles: I’m the most pop as a writer, I just lean that way… and I mean pop structure-wise than slickness. Isaac tends to tell more of an honest story in a song, and Zac like to layer things. Those tendencies take over depending what the song is. It’s not uncommon for somebody to say, “Hey, this is the song idea and a core piece.” Then everyone starts fiddling around. It’s honestly very collaborative.

Hanson2011You and your brothers were major teen heartthrobs in the 90s, and today we’ve got a new batch of teenage dreams, like Justin Bieber and Greyson Chance. What advice would you give to them during this stage in their career?
For one, you don’t make yourself a heartthrob or a hunk, that just happens or it doesn’t. Don’t cling to that. That is what it is, and just like people having an impression about an actor or a painter or anybody who does anything, you put it out there and people’s response comes back. The thing that you CAN hold onto is the actual music that you are making, or whatever it is you do. The main advice that we’ve stuck to is keep to the thing that got you into it and make sure that’ what you’re focused on. For Justin, he’s talented, he can sing and perform, so make that the thing you focus on.
All of you have children of your own. Have you been encouraging them to be musicians and teaching them how to play instruments?
My oldest is 8 and he has obvious musical tendencies, all of [my children] do. But we haven’t really sat them down and went, okay, here’s the plot – world domination. Making music is one of those things, it takes over – you either have to do it, or you can do it on the side. And if you can do it on the side, you probably shouldn’t. It requires that conviction.
It’s a little scary when you see your kids and realize they have something in the gene pool. My thought is to just give them the tools if they ask for them, and see if there’s that fire to then do what my parents did, which is be supportive, but not the crazy stage parents. You want to be there with the band ready to buy their first drum kit or take them to piano lessons, if that’s what they have passion for. But it has to be led by them, because it’s a hard business.
“MMMBop” is your first hit, and is arguably still your biggest. Are you sick of playing it yet?
[Laughs.] If we literally played only the song every night, yes. Short answer is no, we’re not sick of playing it. Obviously that song will always be one of the first things people think of, and it’s a song we wrote, a song we played in our garage, a song we kicked off traveling the world doing. And to be honest, it’s taken on a different feeling when we play it live… it’s sort of a sentimental thing. It has a certain quality that it survived a certain amount of time. We’re proud of it. Thankfully, it’s one of 70 songs.

Hanson versus Kings of Leon: The Fistfight


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You know the rules. An insult has been hurled, feelings have been bruised, and now a challenge has been issued - a fistfight will be going down after school on the playground, between the jungle gym and the swings.
The participants are the pop bands Hanson and the Kings of Leon, famous for each being comprised of three brothers (plus one cousin, in the case of the Kings).

In an interview with WENN.com, Hanson drummer Isaac Hanson criticized Kings of Leon vocalist Caleb Followill for canceling the band's entire US tour last month for reasons including exhaustion and vocal strain.
Guaranteeing himself a flood of press during a slow showbiz news day, the refreshingly candid (if nosey) Isaac Hanson chided the Kings for "acting like a bunch of pricks," mocked them as "bad boys," and called them unprofessional.
The Fight Card

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Caleb Followill (above) is unable to fight due to his ongoing bout of exhaustion and intestinal distress, or irritable bowel syndrome, or what folks in his Oklahoma hometown might refer to as "having a vagina."

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Baby-faced guitarist Matthew Followill will also miss out on the fisticuffs as he was last spotted lighting fireworks in the nearby woods and doing impressions of gym teacher Mr. Foley for a delighted crowd of girls.

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Bassist Jared Followill will be unable to spar with Hanson because he went home already to do his paper route and study for his Eagle Scout exam.

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Representing the Kings of Leon will be drummer Nathan Followill , the hulking kid brother and, had the Kings been around in the 1970s, the member most likely to appear on the cover of Teen Beat magazine.

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On the opposing side, drummer Zac Hanson, who lately looks disturbingly like the young Gloria Steinem, will be sitting out the fight due to the Kings of Leon's belief that it's wrong to hit girls.

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Isaac Hanson will also be absent because kids who talk shit are never the ones who actually fight.

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Keyboardist and frontman Taylor Hanson has grudgingly agreed to represent his brothers against the Kings of Leon.
Fighting Styles
Nathan Followill: A diehard Oklahoma Sooners fan, Nathan is expected to emulate his college football heroes by chasing Taylor around the playground, tackling him to the ground, and calling him emasculating names like "girlie man."
Taylor Hanson: Unbeknownst to the public, Taylor Hanson is a third degree black belt in taekwondo who has trained extensively in Thai kickboxing and Brazilian ju-jitsu when not playing music with his brothers.
Actually, we made that up.
The Odds
According to Vegas bookmaker Antonio Calabrese, "Nathan is going to stomp Taylor's ass, and it's a shame, because Taylor seems like such a good kid. Maybe next time his older brother will keep his mouth shut."
By the way, Hanson will be performing with Meiko at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Sept. 10. $32.50, all ages.

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hanson - Los Angeles Festival Cancelled Over Permit Dispute

Los Angeles' Sunset Junction festival, which was to feature Hanson and Bobby Womack, has been cancelled over a permit dispute.
The street fair was scheduled to take place this weekend (27-28Aug11) but, on Wednesday (24Aug11), the Los Angeles Board of Public Works denied the organisers a permit over failure to pay fees for city services on time.
The permit was initially denied on Monday (22Aug11), but officials agreed to give organisers two days to raise the cash.
A tweet from the fair bosses reads, "Seriously, we tried our best on raising the huge amount of money - thanks for all the support. unfortunately we didn't meet the expectations."
As a result, this will be the first time in over three decades the annual Sunset Junction event will not be staged.
At press time it was unclear if any of the acts on the fair bill would be performing alternative gigs in Los Angeles this weekend.
As well as headliners Hanson and Womack, the reunited Butthole Surfers, Butch Walker, the Melvins, Ozomatli, Brenda Holloway and Kim Weston were billed to perform.

Sunset Junction canceled - No Hanson for you

 

With the latest Los Angeles Board of Public Works decision to deny Silver Lake's Sunset Junction a permit for this weekend, it looks unlikely that the festival is going to go on. What will hipsters do without L.A.'s mini-Coachella?
Personally, I love festival shows. (Well, except for that one I got appendicitis during, but most concert festivals.) I had yet to make it out to Sunset Junction since I moved to L.A., but had a conversation last weekend with a friend about a band I inexplicably love - Hanson.
Amidst all the indie darlings playing Sunset Junction, one of Sunday's headliners was scheduled to be... Hanson. While most likely remember them as a one-hit wonder for "MMMBop," they had a number of other singles that charted, with particularly strong performances in Australia and the United Kingdom (the home of pop music love).
They also popped back into my attention recently for two reasons. The first/silly reason: comedienne Charlyne Yi did a great live show last fall offering semi-ironic/semi-sincere Hanson covers, in character as the band with her pals, for a full show. You can check out the preview hype video here. (While the video pokes fun, the actual show largely featured solid rocking out on Hanson songs. For real.)
Perhaps more importantly, they cosponsored a 12-hour benefit livestream at the South By Southwest show in Austin to raise money for Japan following the tsunami that hit the country. You can watch the full stream here, visit the official SXSW4Japan site here, or check out the album on Amazon (proceeds go to disaster relief).
But all is not lost! L.A. Weekly reports that a number of artists scheduled for Sunset Junction have been rescheduling for this weekend, looking for other venues to host their shows. Perhaps I'll still get my chance to see Hanson. They're also playing a show next month in Anaheim at the House of Blues.
Hanson singing the Beatles' "Oh Darling" at the SXSW4Japan fundraiser:

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And, because, I mean, come on... "MMMBop":

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bro-band feud! Eldest Hanson brother criticizes Kings of Leon for bad attitude


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Two sibling bands, both alike in dignity, may have sparked a new family feud on the music scene: Kings of Leon (composed of the three brothers Followill and their cousin) vs. Hanson (three brothers, no cousin).
Isaac Hanson, 30, has called out the Kings for canceling their U.S. tour, saying the band has let their fans down. “The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks. They’re irritating people; you can’t do that too much,” Hanson told WENN.com. “Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up.”
In case you wondered how he felt about it, Hanson added, “I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks.”
“Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges,” he continued. “But you’ve gotta temper it because your fans are there. … I don’t wash my dirty laundry in public. I do my dirty laundry backstage.”
Kings of Leon famously cancelled their tour after frontman Caleb Followill suffered an onstage breakdown on July 29 in Dallas. Followill left the stage citing heat exhaustion, abandoning the show midway through performing; his brother Jared, however, later wrote on Twitter that there were “internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed.” Caleb has since been put on vocal rest.
Family band squabbles—internal ones, at least—are nothing new in pop music (see: Oasis, The Jackson 5, the Kinks). Still, though, a developing feud between musical clans? Better still, between two bands whose members, by curious coincidence, almost all go by their middle names? …You’ve gotta admit, it’s tantalizingly rife with tribal smackdown potential certainly an intriguing prospect.
Where do you stand, Music Mix readers? Team Hanson or Team Followill?

MMMBop pop band Hanson to tour the UK this November


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"It has been a few years so we wanted to make sure the show worked for everyone. That if you came in you would hear a bit of a mix of all the albums"
Hanson have promised their new tour will offer fans a mixture of all their albums.
The pop band from Oklahoma are due to play several dates around England in November this year.
The group is best known for their 1997 track MMMBop which spent three weeks at number one in the UK singles chart.
The song earned the brothers Grammy nominations as well as helping them sell more than 15 million records worldwide.
The band say they're taking different approaches to their shows in the USA and the UK.
"In the US we are doing a kind of voting, where fans are voting on the albums they want to hear," they said.
"We asked, 'What do you guys want to hear as an encore? What do you want to hear as the extra song in the acoustic set?' The thing about the UK is that it's been about five years since we did a tour here."
The three brothers recently played the V Festival but wanted to make their upcoming tour accessible to all their fans, even those less familiar with their other songs.
"It has been a few years so we wanted to make sure the show worked for everyone. That if you came in you would hear a bit of a mix of all the albums."
The full UK dates are:
Manchester Academy - 24 November
HMV Picture House Edinburgh - 25
O2 Academy Newcastle - 26
HMV Institute Birmingham - 27
IndigO2 London - 29

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hanson - Top Los Angeles Street Fair Bosses Face Fight To Stage 2011 Festival


The organisers of the Los Angeles street fair which is set to feature Hanson, Bobby Womack and the reunited Butthole Surfers this weekend (27-28Aug11) are facing a desperate last-ditch push for cash to stage the event.
Sunset Junction organisers lost a fight for permits on Monday (22Aug11) during a Board of Public Works hearing after city officials demanded payment for the policing and clean-up of last year's (10) event and part-payment for this year's festival.
Bosses are now hoping to raise $142,000 (Gbp88,750) by noon on Wednesday (24Aug11) in order to continue with the 20011 fair.
If the money isn't forthcoming and the permits are not given, the event will be cancelled for the first time in its 31-year history.
A spokesperson for Sunset Junction tells WENN, "We are working to raise the 2011 fees prior to the Board of Public Works hearing on Wednesday. Our intention is to show the City that Sunset Junction is a committed and reliable partner, who continues to contribute to the Silverlake community year-round, along with being one of the most anticipated and historic fairs in Los Angeles for 31 years.
"We've received a very positive response from our sponsors and supporters, and we are optimistic that we will reach our goal of obtaining the $142,000 necessary to pay the city. We also want the fans to know that no bands have cancelled yet. We remain optimistic and we're diligently making every effort possible to move forward with Sunset Junction this weekend."

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hanson Issue Warning To Kings of Leon (A Top Story)


"If you're actually making a living doing it, man, pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don't lobr it… and people will eventually get pissed off." he said. "And I'm gonna call somebody out on it – the Kings of Leon guys are running some risks. They're irritating people; you can't do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans' willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out.
"Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges… I'm a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you gotta temper it because your fans are there and they've paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it. I don't wash my dirty laundry in public, I do my dirty laundry backstage… I have flipped the bird at a few people that deserved it and told them to go 'f' themselves." - more on this story

Names & Faces: Sunday quotes

"They're irritating people; you can't do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans' willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out."
-- Isaac Hanson, 30, oldest brother in the pop trio Hanson, criticizing the brothers in Kings of Leon for recent bad behavior that ended with the band canceling the remainder of its tour. "Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges ... but you gotta temper it because your fans are there and they've paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it," Hanson told World Entertainment News Network.
"I never understood the point of being privileged if you don't get to have the privileges."
-- Salma Hayek, 44, speaking in the September issue of Allure about the lifestyle she enjoys with billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault and daughter Valentina, 3. "I think it's important that kids have responsibilities and understand the value of things, but I think it's great I get to travel the world with my daughter."
"The hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft. She's like a machine."
-- Jay-Z talking to Miami radio station WEDR-FM about how his wife Beyoncé inspires him like Michael Jackson did. "I know that's blasphemy to compare the two because Mike [Jackson] was such an innovator -- but I think she's like the second coming."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Show goes on for Sara Bareilles, with help from Hanson


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Show goes on for Sara Bareilles, with help from Hanson
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and band members sport Hanson T-shirts during their performance at Cain's Ballroom. Their equipment was damaged or destroyed in the catastrophic stage collapse on Aug. 16 at the Indiana State Fair. They performed in Tulsa using equipment on loan from the band Hanson. KEVIN PYLE / for the Tulsa World

By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer



Local pop-rocker Hanson lent a helping hand to touring artist Sara Bareilles on Tuesday night during her Tulsa tour stop.



The trio of brothers set her up with a stage full of gear so she could perform her scheduled concert at Cain's Ballroom, said Cain's Ballroom co-owner Alice Rodgers.

Most of Bareilles' band's gear was buried or destroyed after Saturday's catastrophic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which she had just finished playing when the stage went down. The stage collapse killed five people and injured dozens more.

Bareilles' band showed appreciation by donning "I Heart Hanson" tees.

Also, Hanson rolls through Cain's Ballroom on Sept. 20 on the "Musical Ride" tour. Tickets are $26, plus fees, available at all Reasor's grocery stores, Starship Records and Ida Red. Charge by phone at 918-584-2306 or buy online at tulsaworld.com/cains

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kings of Leon Getting Insulted by Hanson Now

Kings of Leon.Kings of Leon have not been having the best month. They recently had to cancel their entire tour so lead singer Caleb Followill could go to rehab and recover from exhaustion. (It hasn't really been their year: They've been pooped on by pigeons and yelled at by Ryan Murphy, too.) And now Hanson is talking shit about them. Isaac Hanson, the oldest brother in the band best known for "MMMBop" and having lots of babies (eight kids and counting between the three brothers already), said in an interview, "I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks ... The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks. They're irritating people; you can't do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans' willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out." Bummed out! And that's how Hanson piles on. [Billboard]

Hanson Slams Kings of Leon Over Stage Walkout; Treatment of Fans

Isaac HansonIn a revealing new interview, the band-of-brothers' eldest member says he has “hard time with musicians who act like pricks” and eventually “their fans will get bummed out.”

He may be a member of the group that brought the lighthearted song "Mmm Bop" to the world, but, when it comes to making music, Isaac Hanson takes his profession very seriously.

“I have a hard time with musicians who act like p**cks," the eldest Hanson member said in an interview with WENN, before singling out fellow musicians Kings of Leon (who are also a group comprised of family members).
"The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks," Hanson said of the group who canceled the rest of their summer tour after lead singer Caleb Followill walked off stage during a Dallas performance. "They’re irritating people; you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out."

Hanson went on to address the rumors of turmoil within the group, saying, “Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challengesŠ I’m a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you gotta temper it because your fans are there and they’ve paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it. I don’t wash my dirty laundry in public, I do my dirty laundry backstageŠ I have flipped the bird at a few people that deserved it and told them to go f’ themselves.”
Kings of Leon have yet to respond to Hanson's statements.

Hanson Takes Issue With Kings of Leon: 'They're Irritating People'



He may be a member of the group that brought the lighthearted song "Mmm Bop" to the world, but, when it comes to making music, Isaac Hanson takes his profession very seriously.

"I have a hard time with musicians who act like p**cks," the eldest Hanson member said in an interview with WENN, before singling out fellow musicians Kings of Leon (who are also a group comprised of family members).

"The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks," Hanson said of the group who canceled the rest of their summer tour after lead singer Caleb Followill walked off stage during a Dallas performance. "They're irritating people; you can't do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans' willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out."

Hanson went on to address the rumors of turmoil within the group, saying, "Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges. I'm a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you gotta temper it because your fans are there and they've paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it. I don't wash my dirty laundry in public, I do my dirty laundry backstage I have flipped the bird at a few people that deserved it and told them to go f' themselves."

Hanson also compared Kings of Leon with Oasis, another band of brothers that imploded. "They got that too and it hurt them ultimately, because it made it hard for people to have a lot of fun at their shows -- because they were worried that Noel (Gallagher) was gonna get p*ssed off (and walk off)… But I don't think that they (Oasis) necessarily didn't finish shows."

Kings of Leon have yet to respond to Hanson's statements.

Hanson Trio Inspired Amy Winehouse to Get Into Music

Hanson, Amy Winehouse
Bryan Bedder / Simone Joyner, Getty Images
As an successful pop-soul singer, Amy Winehouse inspired many female artists and bands alike who followed in her footsteps years later. But it was recently revealed that an unexpected group of brothers were the reason that the ‘Valerie’ singer herself first found music.
Hanson — yes, as in ‘Mmmbop’ — were idols for Winehouse as she was growing up as a teenager in north London. Sadly, the brothers had no idea that that they’d been a guiding light for the singer until after her death. “I didn’t know that she was a fan,” oldest brother, Isaac, tells WENN.
He continues, “It is really, really tragic when you see someone like Amy Winehouse. You go, ‘She had a really great voice. She’s got a talent that is unique and powerful…’ She had this soulful passion and intensity. It is tragic to see people not be able to fully deal with that inner turmoil, which unfortunately, most artists, including myself, have. You have this tortured element within you and you’re throwing yourself out there emotionally.”
Isaac, now 30, was just 16 when he and brothers Taylor and Zac found ultra-worldwide fame with their debut single. In just over a decade, Hanson saw the many ups and downs of the industry, which makes it somewhat easier for Isaac to relate to Winehouse and (some of) the struggles she went through before her recent death.
“God rest her soul,” Isaac adds. “I feel so bad for her that she was not able to reconcile whatever was going on inside her… It sounds like there were so many lovely, lovely elements of who she was and unfortunately there were some darker elements that clearly got the better of her.”

Hanson helps out Sara Bareilles


Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles performs Tuesday in Tulsa. KEVIN PYLE/Tulsa World
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles performs Tuesday in Tulsa. KEVIN PYLE/Tulsa World

By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer


Local pop-rocker Hanson lent a helping hand to touring artist Sara Bareilles on Tuesday night during her Tulsa tour stop.



The trio of brothers set her up with a stage full of gear so she could perform her scheduled concert at Cain’s Ballroom, said Cain’s Ballroom co-owner Alice Rodgers.

Most of Bareilles’ band’s gear was buried or destroyed after Saturday’s catastrophic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which she had just finished playing when the stage went down. The stage collapse killed five people and injured dozens more.

Bareilles’ band showed appreciation by donning “I Heart Hanson” tees.

Also, Hanson rolls through Cain’s Ballroom on Sept. 20 on the “Shout it Out” tour.

Tickets are $26, plus fees, available at all Reasor’s grocery stores, Starship Records and Ida Red. Charge by phone at 918-584-2306 or buy online at tulsaworld.com/cains.


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Amy Winehouse Was a Hanson Fan

It turns out that Amy Winehouse was inspired to get into music by the band Hanson.
Isaac Hanson, the oldest of the brothers, only learned this recently and was touched by the news.
He tells WENN, ”It is tragic to see people not be able to fully deal with that inner turmoil, which unfortunately, most artists, including myself, have. You have this tortured element within you and you’re throwing yourself out there emotionally.
“God rest her soul. I feel so bad for her that she was not able to reconcile whatever was going on inside her… It sounds like there were so many lovely, lovely elements of who she was and unfortunately there were some darker elements that clearly got the better of her.
“I didn’t know that she was a fan.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hanson: ‘Kings of Leon Are Running Some Risks’



Hanson Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon fans aren’t the only ones disappointed the band had to cancel 28 dates on its US tour. Hanson guitarist Isaac Hanson told WENN that the rock group and singer Caleb Followill should re-examine their priorities.
“I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks because it just makes me mad,” Isaac Hanson said, adding that those who play music for a living should consider themselves lucky. “I’m gonna call somebody out on it — the Kings of Leon are running some risks. They’re irritating people and you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out.”
Hanson was referencing the July 29 incident in Dallas where Followill stormed offstage and did not return. A statement from the band cited “vocal issues and exhaustion” as the reason for the cancellation, but bassist Jared Followill admitted, “I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
As Caleb’s bandmates try to get him into rehab, Isaac tried to put Kings of Leon’s situation into perspective: “Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges … I’m a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you’ve got to temper it because your fans are there and they’ve paid good money to see a show.”
Hanson compared Kings of Leon to British hitmakers Oasis and their unpredictable singers, brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher: “Oasis got that too and it hurt them ultimately, because it made it hard for people to have a lot of fun at their shows — because they were worried that Noel was gonna get pissed off (and walk off).”

Isaac Hanson criticizes Kings of Leon, documentary director Stephen Mitchell confident KOL will work out issues after tour cancellation


In a potential battle of family bands with Oklahoma ties, Isaac Hanson of Tulsa-based brother trio Hanson has taken Kings of Leon to task for letting down their fans.
As previously reported, Kings of Leon on Aug. 1 canceled their entire U.S. tour after frontman Caleb Followill left the stage halfway through a disastrous July 29 Dallas show during which he complained of the heat and problems with his voice. The band – brothers Caleb (vocals, guitar), Nathan (drums, vocals) and Jared (bass) Followill and first cousin Matthew Followill (lead guitar) – is set to resume touring Sept. 28 in Canada.
Although the official announcement cited Caleb Followill’s “vocal issues and exhaustion,” Jared Followill indicated there might be more to the cancellation, and Isaac Hanson told
Isaac Hanson
WENN he believes that there are underlying attitude issues:
“I have a hard time with musicians who act like p–cks because it just makes me mad. I just sit there and I go, ‘You know what, dude, no matter whether you’re in a band just surviving or you’re in a bus playing stadiums, one way or another you’re still among the rare breed of people that are actually getting paid to do it.’
“If you’re actually making a living doing it, man, pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don’t love it… and people will eventually get pissed off.
“And I’m gonna call somebody out on it – the Kings of Leon guys are running some risks. They’re irritating people; you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out.
“Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges… I’m a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you gotta temper it because your fans are there and they’ve paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it. I don’t wash my dirty laundry in public, I do my dirty laundry backstage… I have flipped the bird at a few people that deserved it and told them to go ‘f’ themselves.”
On the night after the band’s Dallas disaster, Jared Followill posted on Twitter @youngfollowill, “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
Isaac Hanson told WENN that if the Kings can’t sort out their problems, they could become an ill-fated family band on par with Oasis:
“They got that too and it hurt them ultimately, because it made it hard for people to have a lot of fun at their shows – because they were worried that Noel (Gallagher) was gonna get pissed off (and walk off)… But I don’t think that they (Oasis) necessarily didn’t finish shows.”
Stephen Mitchell (The Oklahoman Archives)
But Stephen Mitchell, director of the KOL documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon,” told MTV News that while he hasn’t spoken to the band since they scrapped their tour, he’s not worried about the band’s future:
“It’s a fabric of the band, the roots of the band, they’re family, and I think that’s a reason that they’ve been able to find a common ground to stick together and make five albums over, what, eight-plus years?” he said. “That’s really hard to do. There’s not many bands making two albums, let alone five, during that time … and I’m not a band spokesperson, I can’t speak for them, they make the great music, but I believe in them and I think the family side of it will be the same reason we end up seeing more great shows and hearing more great albums from them in the future.”
Even Jared Followill’s Twitter implications don’t have Mitchell fretting about his musical pals, the filmmaker told MTV News:
“I think some of the draw to these guys is that they are brothers and cousins; there’s a magnetism to that. … They say anything and everything to each other, and it is how they sort of work things out internally; they’re very vocal. And I had to learn a long time ago that they’re not yelling at each other, they’re just communicating, and it’s loud. And sometimes the stuff they say to each other … you’ve got to have some thick skin to be walking around with those guys.”
Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill spent their childhood traveling the Bible Belt between Oklahoma and Tennessee with their itinerant Pentecostal preacher father, Leon. Despite their strict upbringing, they formed the rock band Kings of Leon in 1999 with their cousin, Matthew Followill.
Caleb and Jared were both born in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., while Nathan and Matthew were born in Oklahoma City. The band is now based in Tennessee, but the group received in spring the Rising Star Award from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Their unusual upbringing and rise to musical stardom is the subject of the new documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon,” which premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival and opened Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Festival. The rock doc will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime and air repeatedly through the end of August on Showtime, Showtime Showcase and Sho 2.
-BAM

Zac Hanson Waited Until Marriage




 

Everybody’s got their own preference. I’m not telling everybody “Don’t go have permarital sex”. I’m just saying that I didn’t, and that seemed like the right thing to do for me.
-Zac Hanson
Special thanks to Bethe in the forums for helping me research this!
Zac Hanson is the drummer and youngest member of mega-popular 90′s boy band Hanson. For you young kids reading this, the Hanson brothers were kind of like The Jonas Brothers of the 1990′s. If you were walking upright back in the late 1990′s you probably spent at least several days with their double-platinum hit Mmmbop stuck in your head.
Despite drawing more screaming girls than a Twilight premier, all three of the Hanson brothers are known for being extremely monogamous when it comes to women. All three are married, and as far as I can tell, all three have only had one sexual partner each (their respective wives). Some try to attribute this to their semi-religious upbringing, but all three of the brothers deny this and suggest that religion had little to do with their preference for fewer, more meaningful relationships.
Although the older Hanson brothers are mostly one-women men, Zac Hanson, the youngest, is the only one of the brothers who waited all the way until his wedding night to have sex.

Mini Biography

Age 0: Born October 22, 1985 in Tulsa Oklahoma
Age 7: Having already learned how to play the piano fairly well, he borrows and old set of drums so that he can compliment brothers Isaac (guitar) and Taylor (keyboard).
Age 8: Plays his first professional live performance at the Mayfest Arts Festival in his home town.
Age 9-10: Plays around town with his brothers as they record their first two albums on their own (Boomerang and MMMBop)
Age 11: As the song MMMBop gets popular, Hanson performs at the South by Southwest music festival in Texas.
Age 12: Hanson’s new Album Middle of Nowhere, featuring the smash it MMMBop is released on May 6, 1997. It sells 10 million copies worldwide and makes the Hanson brothers into superstars. The day of their first Album’s release (May 6th) is officially dubbed “Hanson Day” in Tulsa. Their official autobiography Hanson: The Official Book reaches number 9 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Age 14: Zac is introduced to his future wife Kate Tucker backstage at a Hanson concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Their new record company Def Jam under-promotes their fifth major studio album This Time Around, costing them so many sales that eventually Def Jam cuts funding for Hanson’s concert tour.
Age 15-18: Tensions increase with between Hanson and Def Jam Records, who keeps refusing to release their songs (over 80 new Hanson songs were rejected by their label Def Jam as not marketable enough). Hanson splits from Def Jam and forms their own label (3CG Records). All three brothers are co-CEOs. Their new self-backed album Underneath debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums list.
Age 19: After dating for four years, Zac proposes to girlfriend Kate Tucker.
Age 20: On the 10th anniversary of “Hanson Day” (the May 6th holiday created by Tulsa government to commemorate the success of MMMBop), Zac and his brothers re-record their first commercial album Middle of Nowhere  to a live audience of Hanson fan club members in their home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two months later in July 2007, Zac marries Kate Tucker in her home town of Atlanta.
Age 22: Zac and Kate give birth to a son, John “Shepherd” Hanson in May 2008.
Age 25: Zach and wife Kate give birth to their daughter, Junia Hanson.

Zac Hanson Discusses Waiting on The Howard Stern Show

No, you’re nice boys. You’re not out there banging anything and everything that walks, and I respect that. But you could bang a few things! As long as it’s not my kids.
-Howard Stern
Most of Zac’s great quotes about waiting till marriage come from an interview he did with his brothers on the Howard Stern Show. Predictably, they infamously-crude Howard Stern gave him some flack about not having premarital sex, and even teased his brothers about being married so young. In the end, I though Howard Stern and company were great sports about the whole abstinence thing. For all their teasing, the ended on a notes of respect.
Here’s the full interview in parts. Below each clip are some memorable parts of the transcript.


Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 1

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Howard Stern: Zac, you didn’t have premarital sex?
Zac Hanson: Ah, no.
Howard Stern: And [your wife] is the first girl you’ve ever had?
Zac Hanson: Mm-hmm.
Howard Stern: And you never had sex with a different woman?
Zac Hanson: No.
Robin Quivers: How far did you get? What would you do before you…
Zac Hanson: [avoids question]
Zac Hanson: It’s not a religious thing like somebody has some thing over you…it’s just…it’s a personal thing.
Howard Stern: No, you’re nice boys. You’re not out there banging anything and everything that walks, and I respect that. But you could bang a few things! As long as it’s not my kids.

Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 2

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Howard Stern: Do you masturbate? Do you beat off to porn?
Zac Hanson:I try not to.Howard Stern: Where did you meet this broad you married?
Zac Hanson: At a concert.
Zac Hanson:She’s a couple years older. We dated for five years.
Jimmy Kimmel: What happened on that wedding night?
Zac Hanson: Lots of good stuff.

Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 3

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Howard Stern: Zac, like how many times did you get it on with your wife on the wedding night. Was it like five times?
Zac Hanson: Yeah
Howard Stern: Like five exactly?
Zac Hanson: Well I’m not going to divulge the exact number of times.

Hanson's Isaac calls out Kings of Leon for public antics

8/16/2011 11:44:58 AM




Whoa. Oklahoma pop-rock trio Hanson has slammed Okie-tied Kings of Leon for acting like, well, we’ll let Hanson eldest Isaac say it.

In a recent interview with WENN news site, Isaac Hanson said of bands’ in-public antics in general: “I have a hard time with musicians who act like p***ks because it just makes me mad. If you’re actually making a living doing it, pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don’t love it and people will eventually get p*ssed off.”

Those are harsh words from the generally congenial band of brothers, which makes its home in Tulsa. Isaac Hanson went on to say of family band KoL, “I’m going to call somebody out on it — the Kings of Leon are running some risks. They’re irritating people and you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up.”
He later said of rock act Oasis, which is also known for bitter family feuds: “Oasis got that too and it hurt them ultimately, because it made it hard for people to have a lot of fun at their shows ­— because they were worried that Noel was gonna get pissed off and walk off.”

Anyway, the Kings of Leon’s latest documentary, “Talihina Sky,” is named for the small Oklahoma town where they spent much time while growing up. The documentary will being airing Sunday on Showtime and Showtime On Demand. Check your local listings.

Kings of Leon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame earlier this year. The group is now based in Nashville and is known for the Grammy-winning rock anthem “Use Somebody.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hanson - Hanson Offer Fans The Chance To Pick Album They'll Perform At Shows

Hanson Brothers Team Up With Toms Shoes For A One Mile Walk across The City Of West Hollywood to help end poverty and AIDS in AfricaPop trio Hanson are calling on fans to select the album they'll play in its entirety each time they perform on their upcoming Musical Ride tour.
Devotees can vote for their favourite release right up to the day of the gig on the group's website and the brothers will play the record which most people want to hear.
Bandmate Isaac Hanson tells WENN the idea sprang from a string of shows they performed in New York and London last year (10), during which they played each of their five albums over the course of five shows.
He explains, "After doing this in London about a month ago - again - that we were going to allow for fans to not just vote on songs, but entire records we were gonna play each night.
"So we put up three records; we kinda rotate them out - we wanted to keep it interesting. And every single night people can vote for the record of their choice... It's gonna be a lot of fun and we're excited for the challenge.
"Fans will come for, like, three shows in a row so we try to make it interesting for people."

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