The song that has been on my brain the most this week:
- “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,” Hanson, from the upcoming album “Shout It Out.”
Tulsa band of brothers Hanson are releasing their new album “Shout It Out” June 1, and if the super-catchy throwback track “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’” is any indication, get ready for some great, fun summertime music from Taylor, Zac and Isaac.
The song is so bright and bouncy, I just can’t wait to play it in the car with the windows rolled down.
Hanson debuted the music video to “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’” Thursday on MySpace, and the song has been stuck in my head since the first viewing. The video absolutely captures the band’s sense of fun: The trio pays homage to the Ray Charles “Shake a Tail Feather” sequence of the 1980 cinema classic “The Blues Brothers.”
The tribute puts Taylor at the piano in the Ray Charles role, with Zac and Isaac singing and dancing as the Blues Brothers, though they also turn up in the band. Hanson buddy Weird Al Yankovic enthusiastically plays tambourine, and a whole company of dancers shake it to “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’.”
“We all watched that movie over and over again as kids. I think I’ve probably seen it 1,000 times by now,” Taylor Hanson told MTV News today. “And, what’s great about it is, sure, you can sit around with a bunch of guys and watch it again and again because you want to see the car chases. But that’s only part of it. We all loved it because it captures a certain renegade spirit and the kind of blind optimism that goes with making music. Being in a band is reckless and kind of messy, and the film definitely captures that reckless nature.”
From the sounds of the MTV interview, the lead-off track is indicative of the type of music the brothers have created for “Shout It Out.”
“We wanted to announce that this record is sort of an unapologetic, bright, melodic thing, and so we — since we love this movie so much — we all watched one particular scene, with Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers band and we realized that if you played our song with the scene, it almost looks like they were playing ours,” Taylor said. “I mean, it was crazy. The tempo is perfect. It hit every music-geek button for us, and we absolutely couldn’t have predicted it. So we figured, now’s as good a time as any to make a video.”
Now is as good a time as any to check out “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,” and while you’re at it, watch the “Blues Brothers” clip, too. The synchronicity is indeed uncanny.