Smash Mouth - Astro Lounge (1999) POLL

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This and "Weird" Al Yankovic's Running With Scissors were I think my first two CDs at roughly age 10.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Can't Get Enough Of You Baby 3
Then The Morning Comes 3
Satellite 1
AllStar 1
Diggin' Your Scene 1
Road Man 1
Come On Come On 0
Home 0
Defeat You 0
Fallen Horses 0
Stoned 0
Radio 0
Waste 0
I Just Wanna See 0
Who's There 0


(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Friday, 12 August 2011 20:10 (ten years ago) link

Who's There: didn't actually make me worry about aliens, classic nevertheless
Diggin' Your Scene: I guess it's about liking a girl
I Just Wanna See: my fuckin' pseudo-existentialist 6th grade jam right here
Waste: always skipped this, I think it's about not liking a girl anymore
AllStar: got the DJ to give me a microphone so I could sing this at at least 3 bar mitzvahs SERIOUSLY
Satellite: tango-like, skipped this a lot, I think it's about liking a girl
Radio: much better than "Radio #2" by the Ataris in retrospect
Stoned: didn't really know what being stoned was in 1999, still have never been stoned, not really my jam
Then The Morning Comes: highlight of NOW 4, no strong feelings about this one though
Road Man: fucking hilarious because like it's a reggae song or something about a roadie who drives real fast
Fallen Horses: skip
Defeat You: I am not super competitive, interesting rhetorical coutnerpoint to "I Just Wanna See"
Come On Come On: I think this song is about someone having a cock and balls sharpied on their forehead, was a gap commercial
Home: kinda downtempo and weird, not sure why this exists
Can't Get Enough Of You Baby: a cover, may not have been in any Shrek movies

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Friday, 12 August 2011 20:18 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Creative Writing Assignment

Imagine your ideal "Astro Lounge." Describe the experience of stepping in to this environment for the first time. What would be your initial impressions? What sorts of sounds, smells, or tastes might you find in the Astro Lounge? What sorts of qualities would you anticipate the astro-air possessing? Suppose you encounter lead singer Steve Harwell within your Astro Lounge. What would the two of you discuss? Be as complete and detailed as possible with your answers.

del griffith, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 23:09 (ten years ago) link

i bought this album back when it was out. that was only because i couldn't find the "all star" single, which i now hate. i can't remember a single other track from it other than "then the morning comes", so i guess it wins

teledyldonix, Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:14 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 18 August 2011 23:01 (ten years ago) link

this morning i had a moment where i contemplated some post connecting Smashmouth's cover of "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby" to the fact that around the same time singer Steve Harwell's 6 month old son died of leukemia, and fell into a deep pit of self-loathing. this is why we need Passantino around, to say the awful things for us.

some dude, Friday, 19 August 2011 00:44 (ten years ago) link

Some of the guitar on these songs is really nice

50000000 elves (blank), Friday, 19 August 2011 00:47 (ten years ago) link

Always liked smash mouth's guitar sound

50000000 elves (blank), Friday, 19 August 2011 00:47 (ten years ago) link

How much money have these guys made off this seemingly one-hit wonder of an album? These guys' great grandchildren probably will never have to work a day in their lives.

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 19 August 2011 00:55 (ten years ago) link

i'm a little frightened that we have people on ilm voting for smash mouth deep cuts

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 19 August 2011 01:02 (ten years ago) link

2011 SHOW SCHEDULE
July 30 - Springfield, MO - Ozark Empire Fair

August 12 - Lovington, NM - Lea County Fair and Rodeo

Sept 10 - San Simeon, CA - Charity Event

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Friday, 19 August 2011 01:02 (ten years ago) link

In person these guys are all really nice dudes.

I have never heard this album

Shaq Fu, I wont do what you tell me! (jjjusten), Friday, 19 August 2011 01:04 (ten years ago) link

i saw them live once.

they were boring, and 40-somethings were singing their praises all night

shining like national dog shit (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 August 2011 01:05 (ten years ago) link

on disc, I've liked a few tracks, even if the vocalist sounds like he should be on an animated cartoon

shining like national dog shit (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 August 2011 01:05 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-LiPvdAjDY

buzza, Friday, 19 August 2011 01:10 (ten years ago) link

i saw them live once and the main dude took a shit on stage

billstevejim, Friday, 19 August 2011 07:31 (ten years ago) link

When I saw them open for U2 on the Pop Mart tour, Larry Mullen came out during "Walking on the Sun" and shit in the lead singer's mouth.

a 'catch-all', almost humorous, 'Jeez' quality (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 August 2011 11:37 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

The @smashmouth singer used to live across the street from me. Someone sent me this screenshot from a recent smash mouth concert asking "is this your neighbor"? NO. Who the heck is this Shrek imposter? And why am I intrigued? pic.twitter.com/ct9GLEGyhV

— Asian Man Records (@asianmanrecords) October 4, 2021

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 00:24 (three weeks ago) link

"Waste" is a beautiful song

J. Sam, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 00:35 (three weeks ago) link

i saw them live once and the main dude took a shit on stage

― billstevejim, Friday, August 19, 2011 3:31 AM bookmarkflaglink

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 00:43 (three weeks ago) link

The first album my parents ever bought me. I LOVED "All Star" back in first grade.

Lone Wanderer Mark II, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 01:53 (three weeks ago) link

That "Diggin' Your Scene" isn't a Blow Monkeys cover, is it? `Cos that would be something.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 14:17 (three weeks ago) link

my parents bought me two albums for my 12th birthday, this and neon ballroom by silverchair. neon ballroom is obviously one million times better, but i am still able to summon "waste" from memory, a lovely power-pop ballad that reminds me of early bnl of all things (a compliment)

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 14:22 (three weeks ago) link

production on this record is really great too

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 14:25 (three weeks ago) link

I had this “what if” thought years back where I wanted to believe they were actually like Steely Dan in the studio - unbelievably meticulous in achieving this precise Smash Mouth sound.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 17:17 (three weeks ago) link

Production on the album is indeed great. I remember thinking, "Hey, what's up with all the sounds going around in my headphones? I LOVE IT!!" when I first heard it on headphones. Oh, the joys of technology...

Lone Wanderer Mark II, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 20:07 (three weeks ago) link

ok I kinda want to see them live now

I absolutely can not wait to see @smashmouth now pic.twitter.com/l7FAsiHuSK

— 🩸🗡Kristi🪓YamagucciSlain🔪🩸 (@wapplehouse) October 11, 2021

frogbs, Monday, 11 October 2021 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

I'll kill your whole family

i'm the singer here

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Monday, 11 October 2021 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

Ok, that video made me laugh

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Monday, 11 October 2021 21:29 (two weeks ago) link

I really like this band even tho I only know the singles from this album & 'walking on the sun', and even though they're kinda the musical equivalent of an oversized retro/kitsch bowling shirt. Agree with whoever said the guitarist and guitar sounds are fantastic, the production too, the keyboard and organ sounds are also great, can't believe they don't have a real keyboard player.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Monday, 11 October 2021 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

I wouldn't have touched this with a 10 foot pole in 1999, of course, which is a real shame.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Monday, 11 October 2021 21:37 (two weeks ago) link

I always suspected this was a manufactured band, like some A&R rep got them together ("at last, the missing link between Sugar Ray and Fastball!") but watching that clip they really seem more like they started organically as a 2-bit punk band in the drummer's basement.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Monday, 11 October 2021 21:42 (two weeks ago) link

I liked Walking on the Sun when it came out and recall a very early web interview where they seemed to have some skate punk roots that they were quite consciously rejecting because they wanted to be big and have a real career and said that could only happen if you played along with the label’s plan.

Citole Country (bendy), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 02:27 (two weeks ago) link

So that's who "Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish was about

Vinnie, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:26 (two weeks ago) link

oh i missed this because i always thought smash mouth was one word

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 14:02 (two weeks ago) link

The video is hilarious and he's clearly wasted, BUT I learned today that he's apparently been battling various addictions since his son died from leukemia at like 6 months old, so the whole thing is just sad.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

ok so regarding their origins, steve was a big ol drug dealer (might've been just pot) in oc and its not that far of a reach to get your demo to the right people when you're selling large quantities of contraband in so cal. i learned this from the vh1 behind the music iirc.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

Bummer, I wanted to see em. Would have guessed the guitarist shopped his demo around then teamed with Harwell at the label's suggestion. Maybe I'll hear the album one of these days.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

lol the Eve 6 guy has had "PROSPECTIVE LEAD SINGER OF SMASHMOUTH" in his Twitter bio for a few weeks

frogbs, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

Very depressing. I wish Harwell nothing but the best, alcohol/drug addiction is an uphill battle of the worst kind.

Lone Wanderer Mark II, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

TikTok really is changing the music industry

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:46 (two weeks ago) link

The “Rockstar” singer, 54,
do they have a song called Rockstar in addition to All Star?

peace, man, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 22:06 (two weeks ago) link


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