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Old 09-04-03, 01:30 PM
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I guess its all over for Smash Mouth

Their new album and single went nowhere. The album never cracked the Top 50, and that's a surprise considering their last album, "Astro Lounge," debuted at #9 in 1999 (during or before the heavy rotation of their hit single "All Star").

Their new single, You Are My Number One, was co-written by Neil Diamond. I like it a lot, but I never hear it on the radio. I guess the kids are done with fluffy pop at the moment. Reminds me of how Tone Loc, Young M.C., MC Hammer, and The Digital Underground lost their music careers in the late 1980's/early 1990's due to "more serious" rap hitting the scene.
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Old 09-04-03, 01:35 PM
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I thought it was all over about the end of summer 1999?
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Old 09-04-03, 03:16 PM
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Yeah they had one hit wonders written all over them.
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Old 09-04-03, 03:28 PM
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This can't be! Who will now provide the songs for countless commercials and movie trailers?
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I think their appearance in Rat Race kinda sealed their end...
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Old 09-04-03, 04:19 PM
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Hey now, am I still an all star?
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Old 09-04-03, 07:24 PM
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Originally posted by Giantrobo
Yeah they had one hit wonders written all over them.
"Flash in the pan" is probably the term you're looking for, since they had multiple hits.
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Flash in the pan would be correct.
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Old 09-04-03, 08:45 PM
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Cheers to that.

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Old 09-04-03, 09:03 PM
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Re: I guess its all over for Smash Mouth

Originally posted by Buttmunker
Their new album and single went nowhere. The album never cracked the Top 50, and that's a surprise considering their last album, "Astro Lounge," debuted at #9 in 1999
"Astro Lounge" wasn't their last album. They released an eponymous CD 11/27/01, that also went nowhere.
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Old 09-04-03, 11:03 PM
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Originally posted by ctyner
"Flash in the pan" is probably the term you're looking for, since they had multiple hits.

I stand corrected
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Don't worry, you'll still be hearing "All Star" at sporting events for the next 50 years or so.
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Old 09-04-03, 11:19 PM
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bummer. i guess i won't be getting anymore mike & ike "zours" with the photo of the band across the entire front.
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Old 09-04-03, 11:49 PM
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It was over for them a long time ago. They just keep re-writing the same song over and over again. And that overplayed single that showed up in SHREK totally killed the movie for me.
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Old 09-05-03, 05:18 AM
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At least they knew they were a "flash in the pan" and capitalized on it (in a big way) while they still could. As much as I dislike them and their music I have to give them kudos for that.
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Old 09-05-03, 07:24 AM
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I can't believe I'm about to say this... "Walking on the Sun" was such a stinkin' catchy song. They picked a GREAT cover in "Can't Get Enough of You". When I think about bands like Nickelback being on the radio I would rather hear 1,000 Smashmouths with a sense of fun and carefree attitude. Radio sucks beyond all measure and it's not because of Smashmouth.
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Old 09-05-03, 07:34 AM
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Radio sucks beyond all measure and it's not because of Smashmouth.
no, but they helped...
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Old 09-05-03, 01:52 PM
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Originally posted by atlantamoi
I can't believe I'm about to say this... "Walking on the Sun" was such a stinkin' catchy song.... When I think about bands like Nickelback being on the radio I would rather hear 1,000 Smashmouths with a sense of fun and carefree attitude. Radio sucks beyond all measure and it's not because of Smashmouth.
Agreed. I still think "All Star" is a great song, too. I think the reason people don't like them (or Train, or Nickelback, or insert your hated "flavor of the month" here) is because the playlists are waaaay too narrow and so the hits get rammed down your throat until you start twitching at the very sound of that organ in "Walking..." Since I almost never listen to commercial radio, I haven't been burnt out on those songs yet.

Hey, I don't care whether or not Smashmouth ever records another song, but I don't think they ever crossed into "annoying" territory for me.
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Old 09-05-03, 08:18 PM
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Now that the thread sentiment is shifting I will admit to liking Smashmouth more than most things I hear on radio.

I'm a fan of keyboards and the inclusion was a bright spot for me, especially on "Walking in the Sun".
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Old 09-05-03, 08:32 PM
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I'm joining the latest club. I'm not interested in them doing anything ever again, but I am happy to own Fush Yu Mang and I still find people that hear me playing it are pleasantly surprised to hear what the other songs sounded like.
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Old 09-05-03, 08:58 PM
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Originally posted by Buford T Pusser
I'm a fan of keyboards and the inclusion was a bright spot for me, especially on "Walking in the Sun".
I like songs with keyboards too, but this song and others like it, like Hot Hot Heat's "Bandages", it seems like the keyboard is treated like a novelty sound "Check it out! We gots us some cheesy keyboards playing redundant 60's riffs!" and the mainstream radio listening audience who have had their fill on rap/rock and Pearl Jam clones are all like "Oooh neat and shiny! New and exciting!" and up the charts they climb... Go check out The Cramps for gods sake.
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Old 09-05-03, 11:38 PM
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If you want novelty keyboards try Pianosaurus.



A delightful curiosity during the serene '80s, Pianosaurus played juvenile pop songs on what else? rinky-dink pianos, plastic horns, and a full array of children's toys. Bandmates Alex Garvin, Bianca "Flystrip" Miller, and Steve Dansiger came together in New York State in the early '80s, and self-released their first two albums, both recorded live and issued in 1985. Two years later, Rounder Records released Pianosaurus' proper debut, Groovy Neighborhood, produced by Peter Holsapple (of the db's) and featuring covers of Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker. In 1988, the trio appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's New York Stories, guesting on the soundtrack as well, and were ready to release their second album, Back to School, when Garvin left the band (apparently under mental strain). Tragically, the LP remains unissued.
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Old 09-06-03, 12:16 AM
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Their career is over and it's all because of the downloaders!
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Old 09-06-03, 01:05 PM
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Originally posted by darqleo
It was over for them a long time ago. They just keep re-writing the same song over and over again. And that overplayed single that showed up in SHREK totally killed the movie for me.
Yeah, same here.
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