July 12, 2004 |
It's rare to see pop performers work harder than they have to onstage. Usually what you get is a well-rehearsed impersonation of energy and enthusiasm. But on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, Hanson genuinely ripped it up, romping through a two-hour-plus set that was an unalloyed pleasure. The sibling singers certainly didn't have to try so hard. Their still rabid female fan base would scream deliriously if Isaac, Taylor and Zac merely strolled out and waved to the crowd.
September 18, 2000 |
Keep those chins up, guys. Here, have a Lifesaver. It's not your fault that the new Hanson album is in the tank. Your first album was totally Jackson Five and this one should have been your Thriller, but instead it's turning out to be your History. When you stake your career on the whims of teenage girls - well, you live by the hormone, you die by the hormone. But you have advantages over the teen-pop competition - you play your own instruments, you write your own songs, you can really sing - that will save your career.
November 24, 1997 |
When Emilyanne was born, an older and wiser friend offered bemused congratulations. "So you've had a daughter," he said, grinning wickedly. "That's great. You have 12 wonderful years ahead of you. " Being a rookie at the fatherhood thing, I just nodded. Wise and thoughtful was the effect I was going for, although what I really felt was pity. He might have raised two daughters, but what did he know? With all due modesty, I handled her My-Daddy-Is-the-Best stage beautifully. Sometimes she fought with her brother, Danby, who is 14 months younger.
June 12, 2008 |
When Kevin Kolb starts getting all the repetitions with the Eagles' first-team offense, it draws massive attention, even at these contact-free spring camps. That's the essence of playing quarterback in the NFL and being the backup to Donovan McNabb. When Joselio Hanson and Nick Graham start working with the first-team defense, on the other hand, they can still pretty much go about their business without being questioned by a pack armed with notebooks, microphones and cameras.
July 15, 1998 |
They were young, confident and charming, dripping with the sultry naughty-boy looks that - well, Louis Pearlman just knew these five guys would be on the bedroom walls of teenage girls across America. But five years ago, America wanted grunge and rap. The Backstreet Boys and their breezy, white-bred dance-pop didn't stand a chance against Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur. Pearlman, a Florida entrepreneur who had taken out newspaper ads seeking five fresh faces, sent his fledgling guy-group overseas at the urging of their record label, Jive, and their managers, Johnny and Donna Wright.
December 7, 1997 |
Apart from the obvious fast-money titles - David Lee Roth's erratic, rather unglued biography Crazy From the Heat (Hyperion, $23.95), the Poppy Z. Bright treatment of Courtney Love, the inevitable quickie bios of Hanson and others - this year's crop of books on music align with one of the trends defining the music itself: They're splintered into tiny subgenres, trained on niche audiences. Even the outburst of titles devoted to Frank Sinatra is narrow in scope. There are books on Sinatra's style, on his musical gifts, on the gossip surrounding him. In this specialized environment, Philadelphia-based music phenomenons found a bit of spotlight this year.
October 9, 1998 |
Camden County Republican Chairman John Hanson, who for years has criticized Democrats for playing the political patronage game, has been appointed to a $72,000 job with the Whitman administration. Hanson, who has led the county GOP since February 1996, was named director of urban programs for the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, formerly the Department of Commerce. Hanson is replacing Susan R. Rose, a Cherry Hill Republican who unsuccessfully ran for a state Assembly seat in 1997, and whose campaign Hanson helped run. As director of urban programs, Hanson said he would be responsible for helping enterprise zones, or distressed urban areas in New Jersey, with job creation and economic development - a job he said he landed because of his background as a certified public accountant and elected official.
August 20, 1998 |
In all the rhapsodizing over Hanson as redeemers of pure pop music, a basic question of competence has been overlooked: Can the Tulsa, Okla., teen trio, known for the hurtling bubblegum hit "MMMBop," play their instruments convincingly enough to justify their album sales? Tuesday, at the first of two sold-out shows at the CoreStates Center, the brothers Hanson - guitarist Isaac, keyboardist and lead singer Taylor, drummer Zak - quashed all doubts within minutes of taking the stage.
September 14, 2000 |
In the weeks leading to the May 9 release of Hanson's This Time Around, the recording industry assessed the trio's elaborate marketing campaign with a mixture of respect and skepticism. Every detail needed to repeat the success of the brothers' 1997 smash Middle of Nowhere appeared to be in place. There were Hanson cover stories in several teen magazines and prominent features in others. Radio stations were running myriad contests. TV appearances were slotted on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Late Show With David Letterman, MTV's Total Request Live, and CNN's Showbiz Today.
April 6, 2015 |
Paul D. Hanson was an Army sergeant in his early 20s during the first of two tours of duty in Vietnam when his late-night poker game was interrupted by an attack on the firebase he was guarding. Hanson, now 70 and living in Aston, said more than 1,000 enemy soldiers poured out of the jungle surrounding the firebase as mortar and rocket fire whizzed over the concertina wire. He radioed for help, expecting artillery fire. What he got was something powerfully different. The USS New Jersey, to the east in the South China Sea, trained its 16-inch guns toward the source of Hanson's troubles.