Do you remember that catchy tune back in the 90’s that repeated “MMMBop”? In 1996-97, the Hanson brothers took the world by storm, and although it’s been almost 20 years since the strangely addicting song won over the hearts of kids across the nation, the band is recording again! Curious what the Hanson Brothers have been up to? Here’s a look back on what they have been doing.
What happened to Hanson?
The other day “MMMBop” popped into my head, and I began wondering what had happened to the Hanson brothers. I remember a day when they graced all the teen magazines, were topping the charts, and had fans everywhere. Now, I never hear a word about the band. So what happened to them? After they released 4 studio albums, their record label, Mercury Records, merged with Island Def Jam. This turned out to be the kiss of death. In 2000, they released their fifth studio album, but Island Def Jam didn’t give them enough promotional funding, so the turnout for the tour was so low the Hanson brothers had to finish the tour at their own expense. They endured three more years with Island Def Jam until they started their own record label, 3CG Records. Since the breakup, they have continued to put out albums and are set to release another in June of 2014.
Oddly enough, the Hanson brothers even have their own beer now. It’s called MMMhops. It’s collaboration between the band and Mustang Brewery. The May 2013 launch delighted fans at the premiere of “The Hangover Part 3” with a 21-year celebratory toast and sampling of the beer.
In the last 20 years since acquiring fame, all three of the boys have married and settled down. The oldest brother, Isaac, has three kids now. Taylor, who is the middle brother, has five kids of his own, and the youngest, Zac, has three kids. This may explain why we haven’t heard much from them over the years. Clearly they are busy with the family life!
Charity and near death experiences
The boys have taken an active role in charity. They partnered with TOM’S Shoes, and did electric shows to raise money. During one of their charity events, Isaac had to be treated for a pulmonary embolism associated with too much guitar playing. The motions of playing the guitar restricted his blood flow with scar tissue and excess chest muscles.