Genuinely awesome official video:
Yes, that video is a tribute to The Blues Brothers:
Part of getting older, I think, is recognizing that songs aren’t good or bad because of who made the song, but because the song itself is good or bad. Its easy to forget that when you encounter a genuine pop phenomenon like Hanson. In 1997, they were hyped like crazy and seemed like they were going to be something of either long lasting pop superstars or a flash in the pan. Turns out, they are serious musicians with a conscience and a serious work ethic. Since their heyday, they’ve continued to follow their own path, which frequently takes them into a classic R&B or soul sound.
I ran into this track on Metafilter and was immediately taken by both the video (which features Weird Al) and the song. Its a breezy, positive break-up number with some great soulful singing from Taylor Hanson as well as some terrific organ work from the young man. It put me in a mind to listen for more tracks by them in the future. They’ve matured into some good musicians with excellent taste in influences.