Smash Mouth Wage Tireless Twitter War Against Factually Incorrect Haters
Before you decide to make fun of Smash Mouth, make sure you've got your facts straight.
That's the lesson learned from Gawker's recent peek at the band's Twitter profile, which has become partly dedicated to trying to stamp out the notion that the group — remembered today for '90s singles such as "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star" — is a one-hit wonder still clinging to the coattails of the Shrek soundtrack.
As the band (or whoever's responsible for their Twitter presence) has repeatedly pointed out in a series of cajoling tweets, they did indeed score a double-platinum Top 20 record in 1997 — four years before Shrek was released — and "All Star," the Smash Mouth original included on the first movie's soundtrack alongside their cover of "I'm a Believer," was released as a single in the spring of 1999.
That being said, it's been a rough 15 years or so for the band — their self-titled third LP squeaked into the Top 50 in 2001, and the three albums they've released since 2003 (including the Smash Mouth Christmas album, The Gift of Rock) have failed to chart. Although they've managed to notch a handful of medium-sized adult contemporary hits over the last decade, they've increasingly become seen as a '90s nostalgia act.
The irritation of having your more recent work go largely ignored while you peddle old hits to pay the bills is familiar to many veteran acts, and it can manifest itself in a multitude of embarrassing ways (especially when you're being pelted with bread). Weep not for Smash Mouth, in other words — those "All Star" royalties probably still cover a few mortgage payments — but if you goof on them via Twitter, don't be surprised if you get a response.
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