A little over a decade ago, Smash Mouth was all anybody could talk about. Every radio, television, and, thanks to the success of Dreamworks’ Shrek, movie screen was feeding into the hype.
The sound was tailor-made for the late 90s and early 2000’s: quirky, inspired by a new wave of modern alternative music after the grunge era was wearing thin. 1960’s-esque organs and surf guitars mingled with ska, punk, and pop sensibilities. It was casual and fun. It exemplified perfectly the direction that alternative rock music was heading during this crucial transition period.