Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth
Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth at VMworld 2007
Background information
Origin San Jose, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock, ska punk, surf rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels Interscope, Universal, Beautiful Bomb Records
Steve Harwell
Paul De Lisle
Randy Cooke
Mike Krompass
Michael Klooster
Past members
Greg Camp
Kevin Coleman
Jason Sutter
Michael Urbano
Leroy Miller
Mitch Marine
Mark Cervantes

Smash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994,[1] and was originally composed of Steve Harwell, Greg Camp, Paul De Lisle and Kevin Coleman as lead vocals, guitar, bass and drums respectively. They are known for such songs as "Walkin' on the Sun" (1997) and "All Star" (1999).

The band has adopted retro styles covering several decades of popular music. They have also performed numerous covers of popular songs, including The Monkees' "I'm a Believer", War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?", Question Mark & the Mysterians's "Can't Get Enough of You Baby", and The Beatles' "Getting Better." The band's 1999 album Astro Lounge is their most successful album to date, both commercially and critically.



Formation, Fush Yu Mang (1994-1997)

Smash Mouth was formed in 1994 when Steve Harwell, who had formerly played in a defunct rap group called F.O.S., along with his manager, decided to form a rock band. Harwell's manager, Kevin Coleman, knew guitarist Greg Camp and bassist Paul De Lisle, who had both played in a local punk band, and introduced the three musicians to each other. The meeting led to the group beginning rehearsals together, along with Kevin Coleman as drummer. The group soon developed themselves into a band, and named themselves Smashmouth, a football term. During their early years, the band played largely ska punk music. The band's first publicity came when a demo of the song "Nervous in the Alley" was played by a San José radio station, KOME. Soon after, Interscope Records signed the band after a show, and the group's debut album, Fush Yu Mang, was released in 1997.[2] Also upon signing to Interscope Records, the band changed their name from Smashmouth to Smash Mouth.

The album's "Walkin' on the Sun" was the band's first major single. The album eventually went double platinum.[2]

Astro Lounge (1998-2000)

The band's second album, Astro Lounge, was released in 1999 and marked a change in direction, as it had less of the previous ska influence and more of a pop sound. Despite the change in sound, it led to more publicity for the band, and ended up being one of the most critically acclaimed albums from the group. Supported by the successful single "All Star," which was featured in several movie soundtracks, Astro Lounge was eventually certified as triple platinum.[2]

Also in 1999, The East Bay Sessions was released as a collection of early songs. Shortly after the release of the album, drummer Kevin Coleman left the band due to back problems. He was replaced by Mitch Marine for the tour supporting Astro Lounge, who was subsequently replaced by Michael Urbano at the conclusion of the tour.[3]

Self-titled album (2001-2002)

In 2001, Smash Mouth covered The Monkees' hit song "I'm a Believer".[4] It was featured on both the Shrek movie soundtrack as well as the eponymous album Smash Mouth.[3] The album sold fewer copies than the band's earlier works, eventually being certified gold.[2]

Get the Picture? (2003-2004)

Two years after Smash Mouth was released, Get the Picture? was released. Featuring the single, "You are my Number One," the album sold 33,000 copies.[citation needed] The other singles from the album, "Hang On" from the film The Cat in the Hat and "Always Gets Her Way" were generally poorly received. Due to the low sales, as well as band concerns over loss of control in their sound, Smash Mouth was dropped from Interscope shortly after the release of Get the Picture?. That same year, the band performed a cover of the Sherman Brothers song "I Wanna Be Like You" for the animated film The Jungle Book 2.[2]

All Star Smash Hits, Gift of Rock (2005)

Following the band's signing to Universal Records, Smash Mouth released a greatest hits compilation All Star Smash Hits in 2005. The album contains some of the more popular songs from previous Smash Mouth albums, as well as songs from soundtrack albums which were not on the band's own releases. On certain networks and timeslots, the album was advertised as having 18 tracks, including "Flo" and "Beer Goggles". Smash Mouth played at Gumby's Birthday Celebration in August 2005.

In December 2005, the band released a Christmas album Gift of Rock. It featured covers of Christmas songs by many artists, such as The Kinks and The Ramones, and one original song, "Baggage Claim".

Summer Girl (2006-2007)

Smash Mouth's fifth studio album, originally to be titled Old Habits, was expected to be released in early 2006. The band had said that the album was much more like the Ska Punk featured on Fush Yu Mang and The East Bay Sessions. In September 2005, the band performed what was tentatively going to be the album's first single, "Getaway Car", on Last Call with Carson Daly. The album was delayed many times, in the hope of gaining publicity with Steve's appearance on the reality show The Surreal Life. Smash Mouth returned to the studio intent on making their new record better.[5] Old Habits was shelved, replaced by Summer Girl, which included some remixed Old Habits tracks as well as new songs. After being delayed in much the same way Old Habits was for several months, the album was 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, whose opening titles credit the film's music to the band.

Before the release of Summer Girl, drummer Michael Urbano left the band without warning on February 14, 2006 due to creative differences. The band found a new drummer, Jason Sutter, best known for his work with American Hi-Fi and The Rembrandts. The band released their new album, Summer Girl later that year. In early 2007, just one year after joining the band, Jason Sutter left Smash Mouth to play drums for former Soundgarden and Audioslave front man, Chris Cornell; fill-in drummer Mitch Marine returned to Smash Mouth.

Untitled sixth studio album (2008-present)

Greg Camp left the band in the summer of 2008 and released his solo album Defektor. Smash Mouth recruited Leroy Miller to play guitar. Miller left after a brief spell and Camp returned to the band soon after. From 2008 to present, they remain active headlining concerts at various casinos, festivals, and other events. Michael Urbano briefly returned again in 2009, but was ultimately replaced by Mitch Marine and eventually Randy Cooke. They spent most of February 2011 touring in Iraq, playing for the American military. In March 2011 Camp again left the band and guitarist Mike Krompass filled his place. The band has been working on their next album with no official set release date. According to a response to fan mail, the style of the next album will be close to that of Smash Mouth's earlier albums, Fush Yu Mang and Astro Lounge.[citation needed]

Egg challenge

In June 2011, a writer at Something Awful offered $20 if the band's lead singer, Steve Harwell, would eat 24 eggs.[6] Others on the site and on Twitter began offering additional sums, eventually targeted to various charities. In July 2011, Harwell accepted the challenge if fans could gather pledges of $10,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.[7][8][9] The fundraising goal was reached in less than a week's time.[10] A self-styled "reality TV fan," Harwell has requested that his friend celebrity chef Guy Fieri prepare the eggs.[11] The event was held at Johnny Garlic's restaurant, in Dublin, California on October 11, 2011. With about 150 people attending, Harwell was able to finish the eggs with the help audience members as well as the San Jose Sharks mascot, Sharkie. $15,000 was raised for charity. [12]

Shrek: Me and My Swamp (2011-present)

In November 2011, the American rock band covered the Gorillaz song " 19-2000" for the film Shrek: Me and My Swamp starring Shrek (Mike Myers), Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz).

The Ugly Duckling (2012-present)

In February 2012, the American rock band records a cover of Maroon 5's hit "Sunday Morning" redoing a few lyrics for the chorus "Driving fast on Sunday Morning" instead of "Driving slow on Sunday Morning". It was recorded for the 2012 film The Ugly Duckling starring Andy the snowbasin skier and the Pengiuns.

Band members

Current members

Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performing in the Centrum Arena at Southern Utah University.
  • Steve Harwell – lead vocals (1994–present)
  • Paul De Lisle – bass, backing vocals (1994–present)
  • Randy Cooke - drums, percussion (present)
  • Mike Krompass – guitars, backing vocals (present)
  • Michael Klooster – keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1997–present, touring member)

Former members

  • Greg Camp – guitars, backing vocals, turntables (recording only) (1994–2008, 2009–2011)
  • Kevin Coleman – drums, percussion (1994–1999)
  • Jason Sutter – drums, percussion (2006–2007)
  • Michael Urbano - drums, percussion (2000–2006, 2009–2010)
  • Leroy Miller - guitars, backing vocals (2008)
  • Mitch Marine – drums, percussion (1999–2000, 2006, 2007–2009, 2010)
  • Mark Cervantes – percussion, backing vocals (1999–2008, touring member),


  • Mark Camp – turntables (Astro Lounge)
  • DJ Homicide (former DJ of Sugar Ray) - turntables (Astro Lounge)


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1997 Fush Yu Mang 19 23 42 117 US: 2× Platinum[20]
CAN: Platinum[21]
1999 Astro Lounge
  • Released: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Interscope (90316)
  • Formats: CD, CS
6 29 12 69 85 19 150 US: 3× Platinum[20]
CAN: Platinum[21]
2001 Smash Mouth
  • Released: November 27, 2001
  • Label: Interscope (493047)
  • Formats: CD, CS
48 70 46 US: Gold[20]
2003 Get the Picture?
  • Released: August 5, 2003
  • Label: Universal/Interscope (1067)
  • Formats: CD
2006 Summer Girl
  • Released: September 19, 2006
  • Label: Beautiful Bomb (2)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilation albums

Year Title US
2005 All Star Smash Hits
  • Released: August 23, 2005
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1997 "Walkin' on the Sun" 2[A] 1 1 7 3 90 76 27 42 19 Fush Yu Mang
1998 "The Fonz" 18 95
"Why Can't We Be Friends?" 28 89 39 29
"Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" 27[A] 14 30 14 8 Astro Lounge
1999 "All Star" 4 1 2 4 2 74 57 15 49 24
"Then the Morning Comes" 8 2 26 2 22
2000 "Waste" 39
2001 "I'm a Believer" 25 4 9 94 87 12 Smash Mouth
"Pacific Coast Party" 114[B] 23 53 25
2002 "Holiday in My Head"
2003 "You Are My Number One" 25 Get the Picture?
"Hang On"
2004 "Always Gets Her Way"
2005 "Getaway Car" Summer Girl
2006 "Story of My Life"
"So Insane" 25
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Song appearances


  • A.^ "Walkin' on the Sun" and "Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" peaked on the US Radio Songs chart.[27]
  • B.^ "Pacific Coast Party" peaked outside of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, therefore it is listed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.


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  5. ^ - SheKnows gets to know Smash Mouth
  6. ^ Something Awful, 4 June 2011, "Smash Mouth: Please Eat the Eggs" Accessed 11 July 2011.
  7. ^, 6 July 2011, "Smash Mouth Singer -- The Kobayashi of EGGS!!!". Accessed 6 July 2011.
  8. ^ Yahoo! News, 7 July 2011, "A Rock Band Accepts a Strange Challenge...". 11 July 2011.
  9. ^ Sarah Anne Hughes (7 July 2011). "Guy from Smash Mouth to smash eggs in mouth for charity". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  10. ^, 11 July 2011, "Official: Smash Mouth Will Eat The Eggs" Accessed 11 July 2011.
  11. ^ Rae Votta (12 July 2011). "Smash Mouth Will Eat The Eggs, Harwell Wants A Celeb Chef To Cook Them". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
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  20. ^ a b c "RIAA certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  21. ^ a b "Gold Platinum Database: Smash Mouth". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
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  24. ^ "Smash Mouth Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
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  27. ^ "Radio Songs Chart week of January 24, 1998". Retrieved 2011-02-16. 

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