Rolling Stone - 12/25/97, pp.164-166
"...a band that has both Black Flag and Maqdness on the brain. Smash Mouth don't beat around the bush...and rarely stray far from ska-thrash basics. But they could be onto something with the bubblegum funk of 'Walkin' on the Sun.'..."
Smash Mouth: Steve Harwell (vocals); Gregory Camp (guitar, background vocals); Paul DeLisle (bass, background vocals); Kevin Coleman (drums).
Additional personnel: Les Harris (saxophone); John Gibson (trumpet); John Gove (trombone); Eric Valentine (keyboards, percussion); J. Grady, Mark Harwell, Anzimee Camp, Kelly Young, Boston Johnny, Jason Slater, Sam Burbank, Dan Plok.
Recorded at H.O.S. Recording, Redwood City, California.
Audio Mixer: Eric Valentine .
Smash Mouth is not just another of those predictable third-wave ska bands that appear and disappear faster than one can say The Specials. Don't worry skankers, FUSH YU MANG provides enough horns-and-guitar ska rhythms to keep you bobbing your head indefinitely. Smash Mouth adds some nice touches to their ska-based sound by fusing it with 1950's science-fiction-movie sound effects, Beach Boys-like background vocals, and Cuban folk rhythms. Smash Mouth isn't afraid of hitting the distortion pedal for some delicious guitar licks. Be careful kids: FUSH YU MANG may have you skanking so hard that you'll injure a vital organ.