"MMMBro": Hanson And Other Rock And Roll Bands Of Brothers
Smug folks dismissed "MMMBop" as pop fluff of the illest repute, forgetting the fact that it was written by three musically-educated teen boys who worshipped artists like the Beatles and Chuck Berry. Insipid as it was at turns, it was also expertly crafted. In a year that gave us the Spice Girls, Aqua's "Barbie Girl", and the Backstreet Boys, it's strange that actual instrumentation was shunned. A few more singles were culled from their Middle Of Nowhere LP over the rest of the year, and the brothers released the requisite Christmas album just in time to cash in on the hype surrounding them.The brothers laid low for a few years and came back in 2000 with This Time Around which saw the band leaning farther towards big stadium rock than short bursts of bubblegum. By this time most of their young fan base was probably getting tongue rings and waiting outside the Limp Bizkit tour bus for Fred Durst. Anyone paying attention would have heard razor-sharp pop rock created by musically-educated guys in an unfortunate situation that was out of their hands. It's not their fault that the rest of the world was wearing backwards hats and repping Faith No More.
In honor of tomorrow night's Hanson gig at the House Of Blues, Rocks Off has gathered a group of videos featuring bands with brothers in their ranks. And yes, we do realize that the Jackson 5 and Kings Of Leon are also made up of brothers, but after this year we wish they would both disappear for awhile. Problem partly solved we guess. Too soon?
The Kinks (Ray and Dave Davies)
The Jesus & Mary Chain (Jim and William Reid)
The Stooges (Ron and Scott Asheton)
Radiohead (Jonny and Colin Greenwood)
The Replacements (Bob and Tommy Stinson)
Nelson (Matthew and Gunnar Nelson)