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FANGIRL: “MMMBop” was just the beginning

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Lincoln resident Callie Wells with Hanson during the band’s 2020 ‘Back to the Island’ destination event in Jamaica. From left to right is Zac, Isaac, Callie and Taylor.

It was the spring of 1997 when Callie Wells, age 11 at the time, heard a new song on the radio. It was “MMMBop” by pop music band Hanson, a trio of harmonizing Oklahoma brothers named Isaac, Taylor and Zac. “That bright, poppy music struck a chord in my young heart,” Callie said. 

She begged her parents to purchase the CD promising — “I just need this one song!” She laughs at the memory. “Boy, that was an understatement.” She soon amassed a trove of Hanson treasures. T-shirts, posters, magazines. “They covered all four walls and the ceiling of my bedroom,” she said. (Taylor was her favorite.)