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EDITORS’ NOTES

Formed in the mid-'90s, Smash Mouth pumped their third-wave ska with a big dose of bubblegum pop and came up with some of the decade's catchiest alt-rock hits. The California band first wooed listeners with the bright, groovy "Walkin' On the Sun," which rides a snappy organ riff and frontman Steve Harwell's punky rapping style, and a caffeinated ska-punk cover of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" But it's the pogoing pop hit turned ubiquitous sports anthem "All Star" and another cover—a surfy, horn-laden take on The Monkees' "I'm a Believer"—that would give them cred with all ages, thanks to the film Shrek.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formed in the mid-'90s, Smash Mouth pumped their third-wave ska with a big dose of bubblegum pop and came up with some of the decade's catchiest alt-rock hits. The California band first wooed listeners with the bright, groovy "Walkin' On the Sun," which rides a snappy organ riff and frontman Steve Harwell's punky rapping style, and a caffeinated ska-punk cover of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" But it's the pogoing pop hit turned ubiquitous sports anthem "All Star" and another cover—a surfy, horn-laden take on The Monkees' "I'm a Believer"—that would give them cred with all ages, thanks to the film Shrek.

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