Smash Mouth: Paul DeLisle (bass guitar); Greg Camp, Michael Urbano, Steve Harwell.
Personnel: Steve Harwell (vocals); Greg Camp (guitar, background vocals); Michael Urbano (drums, programming); Paul DeLisle (background vocals).
Photographer: Kelly Castro.
San Jose, California's Smash Mouth first hit the mainstream with 1997's "Walkin' on the Sun," a groove-heavy, '60s-inspired tune (replete with singer Steve Harwell's faux-British accent) that made the quartet instant rock-radio fixtures. Those who thought the pop-punk band couldn't top that initial hit were proven wrong by 1999's catchy and utterly inescapable "All Star," which became perpetually in demand at sporting events. This best-of collection features both of those singles, and many more energetic, party-ready anthems. There's a notable number of covers on ALL STAR SMASH HITS, including a ska-tinged take on War's "Why Can't We Be Friends," a driving rendition of Let's Active's "Every Word Means No," and a faithful version of the Neil Diamond-penned Monkees classic "I'm a Believer" from the animated blockbuster SHREK. In fact, literally half of the tunes on this 20-song set were featured on movie soundtracks. To find out exactly what made Smash Mouth so popular, listeners need only hear this fun, highly accessible compilation.