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This is the pop/rock band from San Jose, California.
Not to be confused with the indie rock band, Smashmouth, from Omaha,
Smash Mouth (named after Mike Ditka's term "smash mouth football") was formed in San Jose, California, in 1994 when boyhood friends and former band compadres Steve Harwell (vocals) and Kevin Coleman (drums) recruited Greg Camp (guitar) from a local cover band. Camp then persuaded Paul De Lisle (bass), with whom he had played in another outfit, to take a chance on the new band.
Smash Mouth first came to public prominence
when "Nervous In The Alley," a track from their first professionally produced demo tape, was played frequently during April 1996 on local rock station KOME. A support slot to
No Doubt and
Beck at the KOME music festival followed, along with press and record label interest.
Soon thereafter, the quartet inked a deal with Interscope Records, which released their debut, "Fush
Yu Mang," in 1997. Smash Mouth supported the album with extensive touring, including tours with
Third Eye Blind and
Blur, among others.
Despite their meteoric rise, all four members of the band had spent time in other ventures. Singer Steve Harwell came from the most unusual background, having previously led the House Of Pain-inspired hip-hop group F.O.S. (Freedom Of Speech). The other
members are Greg Camp (guitar), Paul De Lisle (bass) and Kevin Coleman (drums).
Smash Mouth was given a further boost by the success of "Walkin' On The Sun," the first single to be extracted from 1997's "Fush Yu Mang." It was originally designed as a drumming "exercise track" for Coleman, until he persuaded the rest of the band of its melodic possibilities. In truth, this light-hearted pop ditty was wholly unrepresentative of the rest of the band's canon of acerbic punk songs. "Fush Yu Mang" also included a cover version of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" and climbed to number 41 in the Billboard charts.
The far more accessible follow-up, "Astro Lounge," broke into the US Top 10, bolstered by the Top 5 success of the highly catchy "All Star." The band's self-titled third album featured new drummer Michael Urbano.
Hit songs include --
- All Star
- Then The Morning Comes
- Walkin' On The Sun
- I'm A Believer
- You Are My Number One
- Can't Get Enough of You Baby
- The Fonz
- Pacific Coast Party
- So Insane
- Why Can't We Be Friends
- Story Of My Life
Other notable songs include --
- Come on, Come On
- Do It Again
- Better Do It Right
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.Alternative Pop/Rock. / AlternativePopRock
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.Contemporary Pop/Rock. / ContemporaryPopRock
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