News

Never too late to relive your childhood boy band crush

Taylor Hanson performing at the Hanson brothers’ concert at Brisbane’s Tivoli on Tuesday night.
Taylor Hanson performing at the Hanson brothers’ concert at Brisbane’s Tivoli on Tuesday night. Emily Prain

THE year is 1997.

I am screaming my nine-year-old lungs out while listening to the infamous Hanson song Mmmbop on a friend's discman (no iPods in those days, kids).

I came home that day and asked my mum whether she thought Taylor or Zac Hanson would marry me (Isaac was a little bit too old for me at the time).

Like any other legendary mum of the Hanson era, she swiftly bought me their debut album, Middle of Nowhere which played in our household until it was scratched beyond repair.

I suspect she did this as some sort of consolation, knowing I'd probably never lay eyes on the trio, let alone marry one of them.

But 17 years later, that all changed.

That same awesome mum bought me two tickets to see the boys - now men - live at the Tivoli in Brisbane on Tuesday night - the first leg of their Anthem Tour in Australia.

And man, did I feel nine years old all over again.

While my dutiful brother wasn't overly pleased at being one of few blokes at the gig, I did catch him mmmbop-ing away halfway through the song.

Growing up I've had many a conversation with people a bit older than me who say things like, "do you remember the song such and such used to sing".

And when I returned a blank look, they'd immediately follow up with eye rolling, an exaggerated sigh, and "oh, they were before your time".

When I was telling - or maybe boasting to - a colleague to tell her daughter that I was going to see my childhood crushes, my colleague gave me that same blank look and said that, being 17 herself, she would have no idea who Hanson were.

It was at that moment it dawned on me that her daughter wasn't even alive when I was at the height of my epic, one-sided love affair with the American lads.

Hanson are to me what David Cassidy was to my mum, and probably what One Direction will be to teenage girls today, eventually.

We all have our childhood crushes but I think only the very lucky get to see them - even if it happens to be 17 years later.

I have only just recently returned from the three-day Splendour in the Grass festival at Byron Bay and I honestly have to say, the Hanson gig just about knocked it off its perch.

Big call, I know. But they played a great mix of their old songs - including my beloved Mmmbop - as well as less-known tracks off their later albums and the whole crowd was just buzzing the entire performance.

And I need to get this off my chest - I swear Taylor Hanson and I had a "moment" on Tuesday night.

Albeit it was very quick and was one he actually probably had with a girl behind me.

But I'm pretty tall so I'm going to claim it.

Topics:  concert



Where to find the best coffee

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high in Australia with the hipster movement carving a whole new breed of caffeine-loving consumers.

10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

Send yourself on a scavenger hunt around Brisbane to discover the incredible street art.

GET your phone and selfie-stick ready!

Where you need to be for the best live music

Don't miss these venues next time you're in Brisbane!

This city has a whole lot of places you need to check out.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Vulnerable workers protected by new bill

Farm workers will be better protected, says Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.

Farm workers to be better protected

That's nuts! Crop set to break another record

PRODUCTION ON THE UP: Ray Norris at Alloway Macadamias.

Crop set to be 4% higher than last record

Bundy nurses' design helps Aussie hospitals

NEAT IDEA: Bundaberg Hospital nurses Rebekah Boan, Jenni Dean, Raman Kaur and Ace Antoun with one of the new wall organisers that are making their workplace safer and more efficient.

Clever shelving "reduces clutter”

Local Partners

Where you need to be for the best live music

IF YOU’RE into music, this city has a whole lot of places you need to check out.

MKR recap: The secret ingredients to longevity and success

It’s chilli con carnage on MKR.

‘Turn up the heat’ means chillies. Lots of chillies.

MOVIE REVIEW: Logan doesn't pull any punches

THE WOLVERINE: Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Logan.

Gritty, real performances worth the gore in new X-Men movie.

Booval boy keeps winning over bride

BUILDING A BOND: Alene Khatcherian and Simon McQuillan are still going strong on Married At First Sight.

Alene Khatcherian and Simon McQuillan are still going strong

WATCH: I'm A Celebrity's 'most dangerous’ jungle test yet

Jonathon ‘J. Mo’ Moran testing the Riding High Tucker Trial on set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Lisa Curry will take on reality show's ‘most dangerous’ Tucker Trial

MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Sloane is entertaining and smart

Jessica Chastain in a scene from the movie Miss Sloane.

JESSICA Chastain is superb as formidable lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane.

Tribute: celebrating 50 years of Stevens

Peace Train "Remember The Days" is coming to Bundaberg.Photo Contributed

Cat Stevens tribute show coming to Bundaberg

Old fireman's hall to make way for Maccas carpark

Workers remove the roof from the old firemans hall in Limestone Street in preparation for its demolition to extend the McDonald's carpark.

Demolition workers move in on Limestone St property

Major Burrum Heads development to go to vote

Site development plans for the proposed lot conversion at Burrum Heads, near Beach Dr.

Councillors will vote on the lot conversions.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Growing optimism in realty markets

Work on the gas pipeline at the Bundaberg Port.

Market shifting from buyers' market to vendor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!