Smash Mouth

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: rock alternative alternative rock ska pop 90s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in San Jose, California, USA, alternative rock band Smash Mouth first came to public prominence when ‘Nervous In The Alley’, a track from their first professionally produced demo tape, was played frequently during April 1996 on local rock station KOME. A support slot to No Doubt and Beck at the KOME music festival followed, along with press and record label interest. Despite their meteoric rise, all four members of the band had spent time in other ventures. Singer Steve Harwell (9 January 1967) came from the most unusual background, having previously led the House Of Pain -inspired hip-hop group F.O.S. (Freedom Of Speech). The other members are Greg Camp (b. 2 April 1967; guitar), Paul De Lisle (b. 13 June 1963; bass) and Kevin Coleman (drums).

Smash Mouth were given a further boost by the success of ‘Walkin’ On The Sun’, the first single to be extracted from 1997’s Fush Yu Mang. It was originally designed...

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