In 1997, when Guy Fieri and three of his friends released hit single "Walkin' on the Sun," they knew they'd finally made it. What they didn't know, however, was that they'd be beating anonymous Twitter eggs over the head with this fact for the rest of their lives. This is Smash Mouth's burden.
As soon as Shrek, which featured "All Star" heavily, came out in 2001, no one remembered Smash Mouth's earlier, less-commercial hits. All the teens and youths of Twitter knew was that this was the Shrek band with the Shrek song and the Shrek videos. Shrek has probably made Smash Mouth very, very rich.
And yet—that's not enough for Smash Mouth's Twitter account, where day in and day out it demands recognition for its other accomplishments.
Don't take my word for it. See for yourself.
Sometimes they yell about the fact that they had a single before Shrek came out. Sometimes they yell about the fact that they're not a one-hit wonder, but a six-hit wonder, a seven-hit wonder, and occasionally, an eight-hit wonder. How does Smash Mouth count hits? Incredibly loosely, it would seem. Because according to the US charts, they've racked up only three lonely hits.
Regardless, and in complete opposition to any facts or sense of integrity, Smash Mouth tweets on, into the void, perhaps forever.
Update 5:25 p.m.:
Shrek came out in 2001, not 1999 as was previously stated. Gawker is deeply embarrassed and regrets the error.