Music: Smash Mouth
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 and Shrek. 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.Albums released:
- Fush Yu Mang (1997)
- Astro Lounge (1999)
- Smash Mouth (2001)
- Get the Picture? (2003)
- The Gift of Rock (2005)
- Summer Girl (2006)
- Magic (2012)
- As Themselves: On Kim Possible
- Bad to the Bone: "All Star" got used in a lot of comedy films for the sake of a feel-good atmosphere.
- Christmas Songs: The Gift of Rock consists entirely of these.
- Cover Version: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (War), "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" (Question Mark & the Mysterians), "I'm a Believer" (Neil Diamond / The Monkees)
- Genre Shift: Their first album included an element of then-popular Third Wave Ska influences, while subsequent efforts leaned in a more Pop Punk or Surf Rock direction.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The title of their debut album, Fush Yu Mang, is a deliberate misspelling/mispronunciation of "Fuck you, man."
- Lighter and Softer: Their first album was the only one to receive a Parental Advisory sticker.
- Mistress and Servant Boy: The basic relationship between the singer of "Always Gets Her Way" and his girlfriend. The girl herself has some Hidden Depths though, which is all but explicitly stated to be why he loves her so much.
- Sampling: The main riff in "Walkin' on the Sun" is based off of Jean-Jacques Perry and Kingsley's "Swan's Splashdown"
- Speaks In Shoutouts: Likewise, "Walkin' on the Sun" quotes a lot of commercials in the lyrics.
- Working Title: Old Habits, for Summer Girl