(from left to right) Kevin Coleman, Paul DeLisle, Steve Harwell, and Greg Camp
Smash Mouth is an alternative rock band that started in 1994 with Steve Harwell (lead vocals), Greg Camp (guitar), Paul De Lisle (bass) and Kevin Coleman (drummer), as well as a touring keyboardists and turntable operators. The core line-up has since changed a few times, but retains the original members Harwell, Camp and De Lisle.
Most famous for their album Astro Lounge
and the hit single "All Star", a quintessential late-nineties party tune that became famous through its inclusion in films like Rat Race
, Mystery Men
. Some of their less popular albums have also received high critical praise (such as their debut, Fush Yu Mang
, which reached double platinum).
Their music is rock-pop sounding, with synthesizers and a few experimental elements in it as well, and a production heavily influenced by Surf Rock
and Psychedelic Rock
of The Sixties
. Songs generally contain lyrics about the standard sex, drugs and rock and roll aspect that has prevailed in rock music over the ages, but they also satirize politics on occasion, if just a lyric or two in the song (see "Stoned
," which pokes fun at then-President Bill Clinton
's claims that he "did not inhale" marijuana).
After Astro Lounge
was released, they went from being pretty underground to being popular, and drove away their original fan base
- Fush Yu Mang (1997)
- Astro Lounge (1999)
- Smash Mouth (2001)
- Get the Picture? (2003)
- The Gift of Rock (2005)
- Summer Girl (2006)
- Magic (2012)