NPR News: Tiny Desk with HANSON

Oct 19, 2017 | HANSON

The audience for Hanson's first Tiny Desk concert could be cleanly sorted into two distinct camps: the curious and the committed. The curious were the ones who'd inquired about whether the band would play its 1997 smash "MMMBop" (answer: nope), or wondered what Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have been up to since the '90s (answer: touring constantly, putting out records, starting their own label, raising families, launching a music festival, developing a line of Hanson Brothers-branded "MMMHops" beer). As for the committed? They were psyched.

For those who haven't kept up, Hanson has maintained a lovingly ravenous fan base. The night before this performance, the brothers played to a joyous sold-out crowd at Silver Spring, Maryland's 2,000-capacity Fillmore — and, it turns out, some of those 2,000 folks work at NPR. (A few even had friends fly in for the occasion.) We tried to get the committed as close to the Tiny Desk action as possible, because the vibe in the room was special.

This year marks Hanson's 25th anniversary as a band, and it's been 20 years since the release of Middle of Nowhere, the album that made stars out of the Hansons when Isaac was 16, Taylor was 14 and Zachary was 11. With a greatest-hits collection just out — it's called Middle of Everywhere — this was a perfect time to catch up on a few post-"MMMBop" career highlights. That meant opening with "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'" (from 2010's Shout It Out) and ducking back to 2000 for the title track from This Time Around before closing with Hanson's charmingly infectious new single, "I Was Born."

Oh, and as the tagline at the end of the video cryptically notes: "To be continued..." We'll just leave it at that.

Set List

  • "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'"
  • "This Time Around"
  • "I Was Born"


Isaac Hanson (guitar, vocals); Taylor Hanson (piano, vocals); Zac Hanson (percussion, vocals)


Producers: Stephen Thompson, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Alyse Young, Nicholas Garbaty; Production Assistant: Salvatore Maicki; Photo: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR.

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Forum Comments

Great text, video and performances of course - also really really really liked the introduction speeches for I Was Born! :)

Very well done guys! :)

To be continued sounds like a good idea! :)

See you for Christmas! :)

Posted Oct 19, 2017   03:06:31 PM

Excellent, boys! The more I listen "I was born", the more I like it. 


Posted Oct 19, 2017   03:45:01 PM

I love watching them play live, making acoustic ... I enjoy it very much! Excellent!

Posted Oct 19, 2017   05:44:03 PM

love this  hanson  you are the best.

Posted Oct 19, 2017   06:07:51 PM

Wow love this so much. You guys never fail to put on a good show. Love This Time Around and I Was Born live. 

Posted Oct 20, 2017   02:28:08 AM

Sounds great! Can't wait for the next one!

Posted Oct 20, 2017   07:43:17 AM

love :)

Posted Oct 20, 2017   12:57:36 PM

Amazing! I´m and English teacher and I use ´I was born´ song to practise present perfect haha and at the same time I listen to good music! 

Posted Oct 20, 2017   02:33:12 PM

I've seen several bands on this tiny desk series, glad Hanson got to be a part of it :) 

Posted Oct 21, 2017   06:56:10 PM

Is  amaizing cant wait for the  next!!!  <3 

Posted Oct 21, 2017   08:42:49 PM

they were amazing! acoustic performances are always unique! great choice of songs! but i think it will be released another part later next month! 

Posted Oct 22, 2017   09:53:43 AM

Sounds great. I think another acoustic album should be next!

Posted Oct 24, 2017   09:50:07 PM

I watched it 3 times. I really enjoyed it. Hansonmusic sounded great like always. 

Posted Oct 25, 2017   12:41:54 AM

I watched it 3 times. I really enjoyed it. Hansonmusic sounded great like always. 

Posted Oct 25, 2017   12:41:55 AM

The Tiny Desk Concert Series is such a cool concept and it's awesome you guys were able to participate. This was a great performance (as always) and I love all the attention that NPR is bringing to your big year!

Posted Oct 25, 2017   07:29:10 AM

Loved it! I hope to see another acoustic album or tour in the future!

Posted Oct 27, 2017   12:50:41 AM

I love it when you make acoustic!! is one of the best things in the world!!!

Posted Oct 27, 2017   09:49:57 AM

Great job guys!!! 

I love this :) 

Keep up the great work :) 

Can't wait till the next one!!!

Posted Oct 27, 2017   12:33:25 PM

Finally got around to watching this. Love it! 

Posted Oct 27, 2017   06:12:13 PM

Great!!! Love you!

Posted Oct 28, 2017   01:50:35 PM

Loved this that version of This time Around was amazing

Posted Oct 28, 2017   07:41:57 PM

I love this so much. 

Posted Nov 6, 2017   12:01:24 AM

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