Day 14 – A Song that No One Would Expect You to Love: "Mmmbop"

“Mmmbop” – Hanson

She said she was 18

Call me crazy, but I still marvel at this as a masterpiece of bubblegum rock production.  The Hansonlet’s sub-Winwoodian adenoidal bleat has all the sexual heat of a guinea pig, but the B-3 pumps as if this is the Winwood-era Spencer Davis Group reincarnated. It hits much harder and with more authority than other sounds of similar vintage (try listening to EMF’s “Unbelievable” now and not gag). I’m sure we should credit the production of the Dust Brothers and the playing of the studio musicians who probably account for 99% of the riffage on here … but aren’t these chicks cute?


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 25, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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