Hanson’s brand of mid-’90s silly bubblegum pop was so pervasive that people today, seventeen years later, still insist on making jokes about “MMMBop” and how the band’s hair made them look like cute little girls. This included the youngest member, who was like 12 when the band hit big. In essence, people were (and still are) making “pretty girl” jokes about a 12-year-old boy. Hell is going to be so damn crowded in a few decades.
In 2004, long after the mainstream world got sick of asking what in the holy hell an MMMBop even was, they went indie after their record label kept rejecting their increasingly mature material. They’ve since released multiple albums of sophisticated, piano-driven, classic rock-sounding tunes, complete with beautiful harmonies and actual words to the choruses.
How the hell did they pull that off? Well, turns out they were actual musicians all along. They’d been playing together for close to a decade, and their brains had finally caught up with their ability to construct chords. They weren’t toddlers anymore, and wanted to prove that to the world.
The only reason they haven’t done so is because the world has collectively shrugged its shoulders and gone “feh” at the whole thing. It appears that, to much of society, Hanson only works when people can fling pedo jokes at them. When they grow up, get serious, and do the Black Crowes better than the Black Crowes, the world moves on to something else. Probably a joke about Justin Bieber being a girl, since those are always fresh and original.