by Alisha Jackson
This year is a special one for brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, as it marks the 20th anniversary of when the band first recorded their massive 1997 hit, “Mmmbop.” Back in March, they sat down with Vulture magazine to talk about the origins of the track, where the topic of covers came up.
Isaac attributed the lack of “Mmmbop” covers to people not being able to sing the chorus right. “Most of the time they syncopate it wrong,” he said, to which Zac added, “I think ‘Mmmbop’ probably needs a really good cover.” “Someone needs to either make it totally their own in a genuinely unique way, or it needs to be a band that has a sensibility for old R&B. Fitz and the Tantrums could maybe do it,” Taylor added in. “If Bruno Mars were interested, he’d probably find a way to kill it,” Isaac assured.
Unfortunately, neither Fitz & the Tantrums nor Bruno Mars stepped up to the plate, but it’s probably a blessing in disguise, because Postmodern Jukebox just released what Zac Hanson declares the ‘first good ‘Mmmbop’ cover ever!” Not only does the band have the sensibility for old R&B that Zac was talking about it, but their version of the song couldn’t be more “genuinely unique.”
You may not hear it in their debut album Middle of Nowhere, but Hanson grew up listening to Motown music, an influence that’s prevalent on their 1995 pre-fame album, Boomerang (yes, a Fanson is writing this ). Check out their adorable cover of The Jackson 5’s “The Love You Save” below.
After watching Postmodern Jukebox’s 1950’s doo-wop style cover of ‘Mmmbop’, we understand why Hanson approves. Listen to their unique take on the song below!