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Christmas Music Playlists with Hanson Songs
Turn On, Snowed In, Bop Out
The closing years of the 20th century belonged to Hanson, a precocious set of siblings from Oklahoma who were as young and even younger than the teenage audience that so adored them. Their popularity was to a large degree built on the contents of their major label debut record from 1997 called ‘Middle of Nowhere’ which featured the single of 1997 called ‘MMMBop’ The Tulsa born brothers Issac, Taylor and Zac were the real deal, writing their own songs and actually playing their own instruments which for a boy band was quite the novelty.
Such was the global impact of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ through the summer of 1997 that Hanson set about writing and recording a 2nd album that year. This time, and with winter fast approaching, the band turned their attention to Christmas. The resulting work was called ‘Snowed In’ and displayed a band at the height of their powers. The 3 originals ‘At Christmas’, ‘Christmas Time’ and ‘Everyone Knows The Claus’ were strong efforts that pulled at the heartstrings while packing decent choruses. The latter was especially action-packed with the man in red taking centre stage and the 3 brothers doing to their best to kick start the festive party.
‘Snowed In’ also featured plenty of Hanson’s interpretations of old favourites including an inspired cover of the Beach Boys ‘Little Saint Nick’. The boys take on that old Charles Brown classic ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’, where they put its R&B leanings to the side for a much more up-tempo stomper, was another memorable slab of festive frivolity. With a religious medley that placed ‘Silent Night’ alongside ‘O Holy Night’ and a ‘White Christmas’ for the kids wrapping things up this was an album that covered plenty of bases and hit the target on most of them. Hanson’s version of ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ would later appear on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie ‘Jack Frost’.Author: Kevin