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Trivia / Hanson

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  • Executive Meddling: Why they left Island Def Jam Records, as mentioned above.
  • Genre Relaunch: Hanson were the first act to bring Teen Idol music back to the mainstream after Darker and Edgier music like grunge and gangsta rap had been in fashion for most of the 90s. See also Reality Subtext.
  • Reality Subtext: The popularity of Hanson's Lighter and Softer Teen Idol bubblegum pop was largely due in part to the then-recent tragic deaths of Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and especially The Notorious B.I.G., which had all effectively ended the public's taste for Darker and Edgier music. Indeed, their popularity (and unpopularity) was a culture shock.
  • What Could Have Been: The band wrote eighty songs in the process of making Underneath. Only fourteen found their way to the album. Some have since appeared on later albums and fanclub EPs, but many are still unaccounted for. Also the song "Breaktown" was considered for This Time Around, Underneath, AND The Walk, but has yet to appear on any album.
    • Michael Jackson actually wrote a song for Hanson at the height of their popularity called "(I Like) The Way You Love Me" in 1998, but ultimately shelved it. Jackson's recording of it eventually wound up on the Ultimate Collection compilation and the posthumous album Michael.

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