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Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth at VMworld 2007
Background information
Origin San Jose, California, United States
Genres Pop Punk, Surf Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels Interscope, Universal, Beautiful Bomb
Steve Harwell
Greg Camp
Paul De Lisle
Michael Urbano
Former members
Kevin Coleman
Jason Sutter
Leroy Miller
Mitch Marine

Smash Mouth is an American surf rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994,[1] and was originally comprised 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).

They have at times played third wave ska music, but have generally 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" and The Beatles' "Getting Better." The band's 1999 album Astro Lounge is their most successful album, both commercially and critically, to date.




Early years

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 Smash Mouth, a football term. During their early years, the band played largely ska punk music, which had some popularity at that time, although since then Harwell has claimed that the band has had various influences. 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]

1997: Fush You Mang

The album Fush Yu Mang was the band's first full-length album and was released in 1997. "Walkin' on the Sun", as the first single from from the same album, was the band's first major single. The third single off the album, "Let's Rock," did moderately well, and the album eventually went double platinum.

1999: Astro Lounge

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. Rather, it was closer to a pop album, and was described as "laid back, sophisticated and retro-sounding." Despite the change in sound, which did alienate some of the band's original fanbase, the album 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 Michael Urbano at the conclusion of the tour.[3]

Smash Mouth

In 2001, Smash Mouth covered the Reeves and Mortimer/EMF version of The Monkees hit "I'm a Believer".[4] It was featured on the Shrek movie soundtrack as well as Smash Mouth's eponymous album Smash Mouth, however the Shrek soundtrack was released first. Smash Mouth had moderate success, with its singles "Holiday in My Head", "Pacific Coast Party", and "Shoes n' Hats" to support it, the album was certified Gold.

Get the Picture?

Get the Picture? was the next Smash Mouth album, released in 2003. The album sold a disappointing 33,000 units, especially compared to the way Smash Mouth has sold in the past. A moderately popular single, "You Are My Number One" attracted some attention, while the singles "Hang On" from The Cat in the Hat (film) and "Always Gets Her Way" flopped. Due to the low sales as well as the band's concerns of loss of creative control, Smash Mouth was dropped from Interscope.[citation needed] 2003 also saw the release of the animated film The Jungle Book 2 which features the band on the soundtrack singing the Sherman Brothers song "I Wanna Be Like You".

Following Get the Picture?s run the band very much fell out of the public eye that they had been in for the past few years. As a few years went by the bands whereabouts were very much unknown to the public, with the only hints of their existence being a few songs recorded for movie soundtracks by Steve Harwell only, leading many to believe that Smash Mouth had broken up and Harwell had gone solo.

Following their 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.

Gift of Rock

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".

Hiatus, Old Habits

Smash Mouth's fifth studio album, 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.

Summer Girl and Future

Before the release of Summer Girl, the Smash Mouth community was surprised when 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 and had said that this time he would be a permanent member. However he was replaced in June 2009 when Michael Urbano returned.

In the summer of 2008, Greg Camp left the band and released his solo album Defektor. Smash Mouth recruited Leroy Miller to play guitar. According to a response to fan mail, the style of their next album will be close to that of Smash Mouth's earlier albums, Fush Yu Mang and Astro Lounge. Miller left after a brief spell and Camp returned to the band soon after.

In 2008 they headlined Downtown Palatine Street Fest, an annual outdoor festival in the downtown area of Palatine, Illinois. [6]

The band is currently back in the recording studio, and according to Smash Mouth's MySpace blog, a new album was to be out sometime in early 2009, but due to delays the album is now set for release in 2010. The group recently appeared on the 2009 Darryl Worley album entitled Sounds Like Life on the track "Don't Show Up (If You Can't Get Down)".

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)
  • Greg Camp – guitars, backing vocals, turntables (recording only) (1994–2008, 2009-present)
  • Paul De Lisle – bass, backing vocals (1994–present)

Current touring members

  • Michael Klooster – keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1997–present)

Former members

Former touring members

  • Mark Cervantes – percussion, backing vocals (1999–2008)


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


Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions Sales & Certifications
US US Rock
1997 Fush Yu Mang 19 2
1999 Astro Lounge
  • Released: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Interscope
6 1
  • US: 3× Platinum[7]
  • CAN: Platinum[8]
  • AUS: Gold[9]
2001 Smash Mouth
  • Released: November 27, 2001
  • Label: Interscope
48 4
2003 Get the Picture?
  • Released: August 5, 2003
  • Label: Interscope
100 29
2006 Summer Girl
  • Released: September 19, 2006
  • Label: Interscope
- -


Year Title Peak Chart positions Album
Hot 100


Top 40

Top 40





1997 "Walkin' on the Sun" - 1 2 1 - 19 7 27 Fush Yu Mang
1998 "Why Can't We Be Friends?" - 28 - - - - 7 39
"Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" - 30 18 14 - - 14 - Astro Lounge
1999 "All Star" 4 2 1 1 - 24 4 15
"Then the Morning Comes" 8 26 5 2 - - - 22
2001 "I'm a Believer" 25 - 15 4 - - 9 12 Smash Mouth
"Pacific Coast Party" 114 - 37 - 20 - - 25
2003 "You Are My Number One" - - 40 25 11 - - - Get the Picture?
2006 "Story of My Life" - - - 29 - - - - Summer Girl
"So Insane" - - - 25 - - - -

Song appearances

Media appearances


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