In 1997, when Guy Fieri and three of his friends released hit single “Walkin’ on the Sun,” they knew they’d finally made it. What they didn’t know, however, was that they’d be beating anonymous Twitter eggs over the head with this fact for the rest of their lives. This is Smash Mouth’s burden.
As soon as Shrek, which featured “All Star” heavily, came out in 2001, no one remembered Smash Mouth’s earlier, less-commercial hits. All the teens and youths of Twitter knew was that this was the Shrek band with the Shrek song and the Shrek videos. Shrek has probably made Smash Mouth very, very rich.
Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.
@jacobdotexe News to us? We already had a #1 hit with "WalkinOnTheSun and "AllStar" was already Top10 before Shrek was released.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) April 4, 2015
@TheOGLilB Nope, We already had a #1 hit song on every chart in every Country and AllStar was already top10 on it's way to #1 before Shrek.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) July 29, 2015
@conceitedcoffee Yes and we released "All Star" in 1999. Already #1 on the charts before Shrek.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) January 28, 2016
@ThinkYouKnowMus It was already top10 on its way to #1 before Shrek even licensed it.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) July 29, 2015
@ThinkYouKnowMus It was released before the first Shrek movie too.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) July 29, 2015
@Lexi_Flo We don't since the song was already on it's way to #1 in every country in the world before the film was even finished.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) March 17, 2016
@ThisTedTalks We're actually a 6hit wonder with two #1's.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 16, 2015
@DivaaMcCurdy Love TheBig Green guy, just saying the song was heading to #1 with or without Donkey.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 14, 2015
@cushac If memory serves me correct there was original song in that film that went to #1 in every Country. Something about stars,....Hmmm— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) June 26, 2015
@emmaretzer Yes we wrote a song that was already top10 when the studio licensed it for their film about a green ogre.thx!— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) June 26, 2015
@EarlxGreat "One Of Their One Hit Wonders"? ha..... Two #1's,and 4 Top20. That's 6 Hit songs. I guess we're a 6hit wonder. Thanks J!— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) June 26, 2015
Sometimes they yell about the fact that they had a single before Shrek came out. Sometimes they yell about the fact that they’re not a one-hit wonder, but a six-hit wonder, a seven-hit wonder, and occasionally, an eight-hit wonder. How does Smash Mouth count hits? Incredibly loosely, it would seem. Because according to the US charts, they’ve racked up only three lonely hits.
Regardless, and in complete opposition to any facts or sense of integrity, Smash Mouth tweets on, into the void, perhaps forever.
Update 5:25 p.m.:
Shrek came out in 2001, not 1999 as was previously stated. Gawker is deeply embarrassed and regrets the error.