All Star Smash Hits

All Star Smash Hits

by Smash Mouth

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Overview

Steve Harwell and company have all but single-handedly revived the musical sidebar that might be called luau rock -- you know, the unflaggingly breezy sounds that cats 'n' kittens grooved to on the beach during countless sun-and-fun flicks. As this career-spanning retrospective demonstrates, it's not so much that Smash Mouth's sound is all that indebted to early-'60s rock 'n' roll (although their cover of ? and the Mysterians' "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" proves they know their way around those parts). Their link to that past is one of attitude -- an irony-free good humor that's sparked them, from the bouncy neo-ska of "Walking on the Sun" to the harmless horndoggery of "Beer Goggles." Like all good party bands, the quartet boast a mastery of the cover tune, but unlike standard lounge acts, Harwell and company unfailingly give each a wicked spin. Their version of the Blow Monkeys' "Digging Your Scene," for instance, replaces the original's faux-jazz sheen with a shuffling funk beat (and plenty of that ubiquitously punchy organ). A take on War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" (culled from the Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack) hews a little closer to the initial blueprint but still takes on Smash Mouth overtones, thanks to Harwell's immediately recognizable delivery. There are no ulterior motives here -- at least none beyond keeping those tiki torches lit until the wee hours -- and that's what makes Smash Mouth such a valuable party weapon.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602498841501
catalogNumber: 000521802
Rank: 16645

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smash Mouth   Primary Artist
Michael Urbano   Drums,Group Member
Paul DeLisle   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Camp   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steve Harwell   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Walter Becker   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Karl Derfler   Producer,Audio Production
Mitch Easter   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Michael Urbano   Programming
Eric Valentine   Producer,Audio Production
Lyle Workman   Producer,Audio Production
Smash Mouth   Composer,Audio Production
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Jacquire King   Producer
Kevin Coleman   Composer
Paul DeLisle   Composer
Greg Camp   Composer,Producer
Steve Harwell   Composer
Gerald Goldstein   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Kevin Iannello   Composer

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All Star Smash Hits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only song that I ever heard, that I know of, is All Star. Who hasn't heard that song. Anyway, I got it from my music club, by mistake, and it's acctually a pretty good cd. They sound kinda like a cross between Sugar Ray, and Bare naked ladies. If you can imagine that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago