The group formed in San Jose, California. They were influenced by the Beach Boys and Dick Dale.
They performed the remake of "I'm A Believer" from the 2001 movie Shrek. "I'm A Believer" was actually written by Neil Diamond.
Before they signed a record deal, they got a break when their demo track "Nervous in the Alley" got airplay on San Jose's KOME radio. After releasing their self-recorded debut album Fush Yu Mang, Harwell delivered it to a friend at KROQ radio in Los Angeles. Within hours, KROQ added "Walkin' on the Sun," and the song rocketed to #4 on that night's countdown.
The 1999 Astro Lounge album established the group as a success. The song "All-Star" topped three national radio charts and hit #4 on Billboard's perennial Hot 100.
They're named after Mike Ditka's term for a no mercy style of football: "smash mouth football." Coleman wanted to call the group "Smash Mouth au GoGo," but was vetoed by the rest of the band.
Suggestion credit: Amy - Chicago, IL
They appeared in the movie Rat Race, where they sung "All Star" towards the end of the movie.
Suggestion credit: Dan - D, CA
Smashmouth lead singer Steve Harwell started a cancer research fund after his six-month-old son, Presley Scott Harwell, died in July 2001 from acute lymphatic leukaemia.
Ken from Dupont, PaBand members are big fans of the movie "Scarface". The album "Fush Yu Mang" was taken from this movie. It's Tony Montana's favorite saying.
Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScMakes sense that there influences would be the Beachboys Nd Dick Dale. There music has a definite 60's feel to it.