Smash Mouth


Smash Mouth (1994-present): a Punk band from San Jose, California, USA.


he band Smash Mouth was formed in 1994 by former rap vocal artist Steve Harwell from the band F.O.S. (Freedom of Speech). The band soon after consisted of members Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp (guitar) and Paul De Lisle (bass); the last two were former members of another local punk rock band and introduced to Harwell via his manager. They named themselves "Smashmouth", a football (American) term and played mostly standard rock music.

Their first notoriety came with a demo of the song Nervous in the Alley that was played by a San Jose radio station, KOME. Soon after, 'Interscope Records' signed them. The debut album, Fush Yu Mang (1997) soon followed, featuring new member Michael Klooster (keyboards). On signing to the company, the act made a small spelling change to their name to the current Smash Mouth. The album eventually went double platinum mostly on the single Walkin' on the Sun. The Fonz and a cover of Why Can't We Be Friends eventually followed.

Smash Mouth's second album, Astro Lounge (1999) followed with a change in direction, containing less ska-punk influences toward a more of a pop sound. The direction paid dividends with more publicity to become one of their most critically acclaimed albums. Supported by the singles All Star that was featured on several film tracks - most famously Shrek and Then the Morning Comes; Astro Lounge eventually achieved triple platinum.

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1999 also saw the release of East Bay Sessions as a compilation of early songs. Coleman left the band due to back problems. He was initially replaced by Michael Urbano, who was in turn replaced by Mitch Marine for the subsequent supporting tour until Michael Urbano returned to complete the tour.

In 2001, Smash Mouth recorded a cover of The Monkees' hit song I'm a Believer. It was featured on both the soundtrack for the film Shrek and their self-titled follow-up album of that year. The album sold less than their previous works, but nonetheless achieved gold status. The band also appeared as themselves in the film Rat Race, a movie where the band appeared as themselves.

Also in 2001, Smash Mouth released their self-titled album. The album, however, sold fewer copies than earlier works, but eventually managed to be certified gold.

2003 saw Get the Picture? released shortly before Smash Mouth was dropped from 'Interscope'.

Smash Mouth then performed a cover of the Sherman Brothers song I Wanna Be Like You for the animated film The Jungle Book 2.

Following their signing to 'Universal Records', Smash Mouth released the greatest hits compilation All Star Smash Hits (2005) featuring previous album hits as well as those on soundtracks.

The Christmas album Gift of Rock followed featuring covers of Christmas songs by many artists, and one and one original song, Baggage Claim.

Smash Mouth's next album, recorded in 2005, was originally to be titled "Old Habits" and sounded more more in their ska-punk style of old but the album was delayed many times. The delays were numerous and included an effort of gaining publicity with Harwell's appearance on the reality show The Surreal Life and continuous efforts at perfecting the record until the effort was ultimately aborted. Summer Girl, the resulting re-started effort, included some remixed "Old Habits" tracks as well as new songs. After being delayed again for much of the same reasons as "Old Habits", the album was finally released on September 19, 2006. Smash Mouth let Sony Pictures use much of their music from Summer Girl and other songs for the movie Zoom.

Michael Urbano left the band without warning on February 14, 2006, before the Summer Girl sessions were completed due to creative differences. He was initially replaced by former drummer Mitch Marine, and then by Jason Sutter, known by his work with American Hi-Fi and the Rembrandts. One year after, Sutter would leave to play drums for former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell; Marine would end off returning.

The membership shuffle would continue, Greg Camp would be the next to leave in the summer of 2008. Leroy Miller was then recruited to play guitar, but he in turn left in 2009 with Camp returning to the fold. In 2011 Camp would leave again with Sean Hurwitz replacing him. Hurwitz would leave within a year for Mike Krompass but was back by the end of 2012. In 2009, Marine left once again to be replaced by the returning Urbano, who in-turn left again after only one year, and in 2010 was replaced by thew returning Marine. Marine left soon after yet again for Randy Cooke. Cooke played the musical chairs games as well when he was was briefly replaced by Jason Sutter in 2011, then Charlie Paxson. [WOW!]

In June 2011, a writer at Something Awful offered $20 if Steve Harwell, would eat 24 eggs. A Twitter campaign by several other offers saw the sum rise to $10,000 within one week for charity, so on live TV Harwell ate the eggs prepared by his friend celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

After parting ways with 'Universal Records' and signing with '429 Records', Smash Mouth released Magic (2012).

On June 14, 2015, while Smash Mouth was playing a set at the Taste of Fort Collins food festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, Steve Harwell broke into an angry three-minute tirade, threatening to beat the audience members responsible for throwing and hitting him with bread; the band continued to play the opening chords of All Star during the rant. Although he apologized for the major media broadcasted spectacle, the damage was done.

2016 saw Smash Mouth release their first live album, Playlist: The Very Best of Smash Mouth through 'Sony Music'; the live sets were from shows in Rapid City, South Dakota and Manila.

June 2017 would see Smash Mouth play at the Sound of Music festival in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

An acoustic re-recording of Smash Mouth's first album, Fush Yu Mang, arrived in 2018, along with Greg Camp rejoining.

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Nation USA
City San Jose, California
Genre Punk
Formations 1
Active Years 1994-
Last Modified 2022-09-25
Diskery ID 1691

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