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The Man From Milwaukee by Hanson
Album: Middle Of NowhereReleased: 1997
Zac Hanson: "That's a really fun one. Pretty simply, it's about an alien encounter. I don't really believe in aliens, but it was just a funny idea that came along. We got stuck in Albuquerque, New Mexico - we drove out from Oklahoma to make our first album, we do that every time we make an album, we drive across the country, it's sort of the beginning of the journey of making a record and the writing process. The car broke down in Albuquerque. I was sitting on the side of the road, and I started coming up with the chorus part. I brought the other guys in and said, 'I've got this stupid song, what do you think?' They said, 'Hey, it's goofy, but it's fun, and sometimes you need that.' It's just about a guy's slow turn to finally going kind of crazy."
This is a hidden track on Hanson's first major-label album. They released 2 independent albums before Mercury Records signed them. The Hanson brothers were 16, 13, and 11 years old when this was released (Zac is the youngest).
The group grew up listening to '50s and '60s music, which was a big influence when they started writing their own songs. This had a bit of a Beatles influence, as Zac explains:
"It represents the joy in music, the same way as 'Yellow Submarine.' It's not necessarily the most meaningful song or the perfectly well-written song with every edge trimmed and achieved, but it's just about having fun and the joy. That one's kind of back to our roots as a garage band, it's crazy." (Check out our interview with Zac Hanson