The Postmodern Jukebox project uses a reliable formula: take ubiquitous modern hits, rearrange them in vintage styles and revel in the contrast between old and new.
The latest song to get the Postmodern Jukebox treatment is Hanson‘s “MMMBop,” which became a No. 1 hit in 1997. Postmodern Jukebox take the cheerful track all the way back to the Fifties. Four singers share vocal duties and do their best impression of the Four Seasons, while a four-piece band – including an upright bass player – rattles behind them.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Hanson suggested there was a shortage of quality “MMMBop” covers. “People can’t sing the chorus right,” Isaac lamented. “Most of the time they syncopate it wrong.” “Someone needs to either make it totally their own in a genuinely unique way, or it needs to be a band that has a sensibility for old R&B,” Taylor added. Zac concluded, “I think ‘MMMBop’ probably needs a really good cover.”
Postmodern Jukebox may have answered the brothers’ call.