The first single I bought on CD, at the age of 6, was Hanson’s “MMMBop” That isn’t in itself remarkable — it went to No. 1 just about everywhere — but I’m still proud of the fact that an uncle I had to visit later that day refused to let me play it on his stereo because it was “the Devil’s music.” I played the thing on repeat after that. In some deep recess of my mind, “MMMBop” holds the same mystic qualities that “Stairway to Heaven” does for people 30 years my senior.
The Hanson brothers took the Digital FORT idea and fully ran with it, performing a four-song set of “A Song to Sing,” “Strong Enough to Break,” “This Time Around,” and “Where’s The Love” from their home studio, harmonizing perfectly and looking way more put together than most of us did after a day of being cooped up in the house.
While we’re here: Did you know that Taylor Hanson was in a power pop group with James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick? They were called Tinted Windows. They've got an album on streaming and everything. Go dig for that after you’ve been through this greatest hits set, and get the Smashing Pumpkins-Hanson crossover you never figured you needed.
Digital FORT is a two-day event bringing together over 100 artists to help raise money for those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To find a full list of charities, funds, and resources we’re highlighting throughout FORT, click here.