Does Smashmouth actually have a fan base?

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I saw a video for one of their "smash" hits this morning before work, I wanted to vomit. Do people like these guys? and if so, who and what the fuck are you doing on this earth?

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 13 December 2002 14:14 (eighteen years ago) link

They do, but it's made up of the producers/music commissioners of every high school film made in the last 5 years.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 13 December 2002 14:22 (eighteen years ago) link

'walking on the sun' is better than walking on the sun

stevem (blueski), Friday, 13 December 2002 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

I really, really like all of the Smashmouth singles. I also saw them live when "Walking On The Sun" came out and they were pretty brilliant. (Light-years better than Third Eye Blind, anyway.)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 13 December 2002 14:52 (eighteen years ago) link

I like "Walking on the Sun" but that "All-Star" song just disgusts me (the song itself, and the way it's trickled so easily into sports/advertising culture).

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 13 December 2002 14:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Kids love them. I took contest winners backstage with them in '99 or '00 and mostly it was parents with their kids, teenagers, a couple of women in their 20s. They write some pretty catchy tunes.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 13 December 2002 15:09 (eighteen years ago) link

i too saw them at some free show at the end of that heady summer of Walking On The Sun...at the time I was convinced that they and Sugar Ray were the same band, and then they actually covered "Fly" in their set.

Al (sitcom), Friday, 13 December 2002 15:12 (eighteen years ago) link

Ford's advertising agency loves them.

hstencil, Friday, 13 December 2002 15:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Dan, you can no longer complain about me liking "Sk8er Boi" if you willingly say the above statement. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 13 December 2002 16:10 (eighteen years ago) link

ah but 'walking on the sun' is for slacker fratboys and i'm not sure they are really as annoying as faux-angst punck chicks, muahaha

stevem (blueski), Friday, 13 December 2002 16:38 (eighteen years ago) link

i think 'walking on the sun' is brilliant, and i also love their cover version of 'can't get enough of you'. can't stand 'all-star' or 'why can't we be friends', though, they make me wanna puke.
so sometimes i love them, some other times (more often) i hate them.

joan vich (joan vich), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:47 (eighteen years ago) link

What's faux-angst?

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Some kinda weird French-German hybrid, like Alsace-Lorraine.

hstencil, Friday, 13 December 2002 18:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Haha Ned's problem with Andrew WK is that his BOOBS aren't big enough!

(Why am I submitting this against my better judgement? Because Ned is not within punching range of me, HAW HAW HAW. Besides, it's funnier than saying, "'Sk8er Boi' is an Andrew WK song done by a GURL." At least, I hope it is.)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 13 December 2002 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually I liked what I heard from Smashmouth for the exact opposite reason as Dan... the non-single tracks on their second record are pretty damn sweet.

Yes, destroy "All Star". I can tolerate the rest.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 13 December 2002 18:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Of course they do...no wait, I thought the question was "Does Smashmouth actually have a FAT FACE?"

Ryan Sweeny, Friday, 13 December 2002 18:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Haha Ned's problem with Andrew WK is that his BOOBS aren't big enough!

Manboobs have their own place and time. But I will leave that to the experts.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 13 December 2002 18:58 (eighteen years ago) link

so does the mangina.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 13 December 2002 19:12 (eighteen years ago) link

Are Smashmouth big in Alsace-Lorraine?

hstencil, Friday, 13 December 2002 19:26 (eighteen years ago) link

For some reason whenever I hear All-Star I get weirdly nostalgic. I don't understand this as the time it reminds me of (summer 1999) wasn't exactly a Golden Age for me or anything.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Friday, 13 December 2002 19:38 (eighteen years ago) link

nordicskillz is funny

naked as sin (naked as sin), Friday, 13 December 2002 20:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I saw this band back when I was in high school as a free show at The Rave in Milwaukee. They were by far the worst live act I've ever seen (closely followed by The New Radicals at Madison's Jingle Ball '99). They were so bad, in fact, that I had to leave well before it was over.

Bill Aicher, Friday, 13 December 2002 20:36 (eighteen years ago) link

wtf is up with the new radicals that was just bizzare

chaki (chaki), Friday, 13 December 2002 20:49 (eighteen years ago) link

What about them? They had an album and then did some shitty live shows then broke up. At least that's how I heard it all went down.

bill aicher, Friday, 13 December 2002 20:52 (eighteen years ago) link

just their whole 'THING' i dunno it trips me out. i think i heard the singer locked himself in a basement when he was supposed to be playing shows.

chaki (chaki), Friday, 13 December 2002 20:56 (eighteen years ago) link

You do know the one guy behind New Radicals, Gregg Alexander, wrote the Santana/Michelle Branch "Game Of Love" under the pen name Alex Ander? Carlos and Michelle always act coy when interviewers ask them how they wrote the song..."oh it was amazing, the song just kind of came to us like a gift." which is technically true except I'm sure he didn't make a gift of it.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 13 December 2002 21:24 (eighteen years ago) link

That Coral single sounds like Smashmouth, only not as good.

Arthur (Arthur), Friday, 13 December 2002 21:28 (eighteen years ago) link

You do know the one guy behind New Radicals, Gregg Alexander, wrote the Santana/Michelle Branch "Game Of Love" under the pen name Alex Ander?

Haha! I thought it reminded me of New Radicals!

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 13 December 2002 21:36 (eighteen years ago) link

I think I picked up FUSH YU MANG on the strength of "Walking on the Sun" (which, at the time, was a respectable single thanks entirely to that organ hook) and remember chuckling at some of the other tracks, notably "Let's Rock" and "Heave Ho". I forgave their awful cover of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" after they had the taste to cover "Every Word Means No" by Let's Active as a b-side. Their second album, however (featuring "All Star", I believe) seemed to abandon the harder aspects of their sound, morphing them from a rock band to a sort've kitschy pop band in hepcat threads who hang out in ironic tiki bars, at which point I completely lost interest. Still, despite the fact that it was later unsed in an ad, "Walking on the Sun" remains a great single.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 14 December 2002 05:41 (eighteen years ago) link

'unsed' = new epithet for what being licensed for television commercials does to yr cred

Tom Millar (Millar), Saturday, 14 December 2002 05:47 (eighteen years ago) link

hahaha

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 14 December 2002 05:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, but it's not like having one decent fluke of a single necessarily lends a band "cred". I don't think Smashmouth *EVER* had any cred.....outside of Orange County, or wherever they surfed out of.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 14 December 2002 05:52 (eighteen years ago) link

San Jose. I guess *somebody* had to come from there. They and Third Eye Blind sorta seem like they were the music of the SF dotcom high, don't they.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 December 2002 06:29 (eighteen years ago) link

I like 'em. If XTC was American and more comfortable with commercialism. And Shrek.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Those last two comments are very dead on.

James Blount (James Blount), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:33 (eighteen years ago) link

"If XTC was American and more comfortable with commercialism."

WHAT?

Maybe XTC after a collective lobotomy.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:19 (eighteen years ago) link

I just don't understand why people like "Walking on the Sun." They rip off an organ hook from a Perry & Kingsley song they found on Incredibly Strange Music Volume I and it's "brilliant"? I think it's shit.

However, I actually sort of like "All-Star," so what the fuck do I know?

J (Jay), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:26 (eighteen years ago) link

b-b-but All Star is about getting your complicated game on!

hey, I DID say they were more comfortable with commercialism and Shrek, so the lobotomy is kinda implied.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:27 (eighteen years ago) link

"b-b-but All Star is about getting your complicated game on!"

hahahahaha

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:47 (eighteen years ago) link

I hated "All-Star" at the time, but now I can kind of laugh at general annoyance of it, like the stupid whistling in the bridge. Their other singles are not bad, apart from some awful single I heard from their latest album.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Saturday, 14 December 2002 22:17 (eighteen years ago) link

six years pass...

guy fieri

sous les paves, Sunday, 1 February 2009 16:33 (twelve years ago) link

Some people still interested in them, their article on wikipedia was visited 33,374 times last month.

Shallow Gravy (Billy Dods), Sunday, 1 February 2009 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

You rookies are still talking about Smash Mouth? The true fans know that the hottest new group on the planet is The Maids of Honor, which is the band that Smash Mouth songwriter/guitarist Greg Camp plays with now.

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Sunday, 1 February 2009 17:09 (twelve years ago) link

What a concept.

Peter "One Dart" Manley (The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics), Sunday, 1 February 2009 17:28 (twelve years ago) link

The first time I heard "Walkin' on the Sun," I thought it was The Stereo MC's.

Ricky Apples (Pillbox), Sunday, 1 February 2009 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

sunned

PappaWheelie V, Sunday, 1 February 2009 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

I guess they do, they're releasing a new album next month.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 August 2012 20:51 (nine years ago) link

when did Amazon say you get your copy?

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 August 2012 20:54 (nine years ago) link

'They rip off an organ hook from a Perry & Kingsley song they found on Incredibly Strange Music Volume I and it's "brilliant"?'

If this is how it actually happened, then yes that is kind of brilliant, like DJ Shadow combing vinyl shelves for the perfect sample.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 13 August 2012 21:01 (nine years ago) link

xpost -- I ordered it for YOU, dude.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 August 2012 21:07 (nine years ago) link

almost tempted to say i'm curious what smashmouth sounds like now that their main songwriter has departed but no i'm not

da croupier, Monday, 13 August 2012 21:21 (nine years ago) link

album should be called Still Walkin'

da croupier, Monday, 13 August 2012 21:21 (nine years ago) link

For some reason whenever I hear All-Star I get weirdly nostalgic. I don't understand this as the time it reminds me of (summer 1999) wasn't exactly a Golden Age for me or anything.

― Chriddof (Chriddof), Friday, December 13, 2002 11:38 AM (9 years ago) Bookmark

chriddof from nine years ago otm.

deist mountain dew (reddening), Monday, 13 August 2012 21:24 (nine years ago) link

Smash Mouth songs are inhertantly nostaligic

Fareed Zaireeka (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 13 August 2012 21:58 (nine years ago) link

smh mouth

starfish succulents (unregistered), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 01:14 (nine years ago) link

Embarrassing... I really like their second album, especially "Waste" and "Stoned." It sounds like it came out of a '60s surf movie.

LimbsKing, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 01:18 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Y6Q47qjlw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 04:02 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

The delivery here is just wonderful pic.twitter.com/hcamoFcJdG

— Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) August 11, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:08 (one year ago) link

Thought this was going to be bumped for them playing at Sturgis and being COVID deniers. Remember when they were supposedly "woke"?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:10 (one year ago) link

click the video, that's what it's about.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:11 (one year ago) link

Oops, yeah, I did after I posted.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:12 (one year ago) link

They used to play much better festivals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWSs_-q_Qbw

peace, man, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:16 (one year ago) link

But is it possible that he is no longer an 'all-star' who is capable of getting his game on?

Ask yoreself: are you're standards too high? (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:24 (one year ago) link

Remember when they were supposedly "woke"?

they ain't the sharpest tools in the shed

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:24 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

excuse the reddit link but lol

https://v.redd.it/t9fwxqn3jrs71

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 13:58 (two weeks ago) link


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