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(L-R) Kevin Coleman, Greg Camp, Steve Harwell, and Paul DeLisle

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 debuted in the movie Mystery Men and would be used in other films such as Digimon: The Movie and Rat Race, but would really become famous through its inclusion in 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 '60s. 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)

Some-BODY once told me the tropes were gonna roll me, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed...

  • 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In 2015, Steve Harwell cussed the crowd out at the Taste of Fort Collins festival when someone threw bread at him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This verse from "All Star".
    Somebody once asked, could I spare some change for gas
    "I need to get myself away from this place."
    I said "Yep! What a concept!
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And, we could all use a little change."
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  • 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), "Getting Better" (The Beatles)
  • Curse Cut Short: "Force Field" contains the line "I'm pulling a miracle out of my..."
  • 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."
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Once the video for "Then The Morning Comes" turns out be All Just a Dream, Steve smashes his alarm clock.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their first album was the only one to receive a Parental Advisory sticker.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: The "SOME-" at the start of "All Star" may be one of the most popular and memetic instances of this in recent music history.
  • Mistaken from Behind: The music video for "I'm a Believer" has this happen repeatedly; Steve chases after someone with long blonde hair like his beloved's, but when the person turns around, it's some random dude.
  • 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.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A pretty consistent 3, although some songs off of Fush Yu Mang are a 4 or soft 5.
  • Russian Reversal: In Walkin' On The Sun, one of the lines is "Put away the crack before the crack puts you away."
  • Sampling: The main riff in "Walkin' on the Sun" is based off of Jean-Jacques Perry and Kingsley's "Swan's Splashdown"
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Likewise, "Walkin' on the Sun" quotes a lot of commercials in the lyrics.


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