December 15, 2015

Five Island-Themed Covers Perfect for BTTI

I'm about 90 miles down the speculation railroad if anyone needs to find me, btw. Please don't take this post too seriously or as any sort of fact. Minimum details + maximum excitement = mucho speculation. It's fan science.

The last two years of Hanson's Back to the Island events have included themed shows. There was Anthem night, Fan Club night, Setlist Voting night, and Christmas/Covers night, to name a few. We haven't been told any themes yet if there are any for 2016, which means it's time to speculate away. Will there be themes? Setlist voting? Will they just surprise us when we get there? (My personal vote goes to the element of surprise). One theory I've seen a few times already is the possibility of a Roots & Rock 'n' Roll themed night, which makes sense considering they just finished a very limited tour of the same concept. I could see this being an accurate assumption; it works from a rehearsal perspective and given the fact that there aren't any plans to take this tour beyond those 10 U.S. cities as far as we know. It does make sense, but with such a hefty price tag, I always want BTTI to be an experience that I couldn't get on tour. That being said, there is a way to refresh the Roots & Rock 'n' Roll theme to give it a new edge that would make me super happy, and it's something I've hoped they would do since the first event was announced back in 2012.

Five Island/Beach-themed Cover Songs
(That Would Make Me Forgive Hanson For Another Roots & Rock 'n' Roll Show)

1. "Island in the Sun" by Weezer

2. "Holiday from Real" by Jack's Mannequin (Andrew McMahon)

3. "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys

4. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

5. "Under the Sea" from the Little Mermaid

Hey, it happened once. It can happen again.

6. My Heart Will Go On
(No, I'm actually super kidding about that one.)

Jokes aside, I'm sure whatever they choose to do will be fun, and I can't wait to find out!


Misty said...

"Holiday From Real" has been on my BTTI playlist since I signed up for the first trip ("And when it's all over, I'll come back for another year" is TOO appropriate); I would be ecstatic if they actually covered it. Another song that could be interesting is "Holiday In Spain" by Counting Crows; the lines about driving girls insane and flying away to somewhere new have always seemed quite apt to me.

Holly said...

Agreed about that line, Misty! I actually quoted it in my first blog post about BTTI in 2013 ( It IS too perfect.

I haven't heard that Counting Crows song so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

Unknown said...

Need. Weezer. Cover.

asphodelia said...

I vote for Kokomo too. Also, what about 'Waterfalls' by TLC - as far as I know it only happened once?

As for the themes, I'd rather not have the chance to vote as...well, people will inevitably vote for 'popular' and so we end up hearing songs from TTA and hidden gems like 'I Am' don't get played.

A 'beach R&R' however, would be a chance for a lot of people from outside the US to experience that tour. BTTI is attended by a lot of South Americans and a fair few from Europe, Israel, Australia. We'll never get that kind of tour so this could be a chance. But ultimately, whatever Hanson decide to do, I have no doubt that it will be perfect.