terrible, sad news. not pretending to be some massive smash mouth fan or something but when i heard the news i kinda thought someone was just making up some fucked up hoax tbh. i hope steve along with his family and friends are able to find peace.
Same. The self-titled was the first album I owned, and the first band I listened that wasn't from my parents' collection, right before we had Internet at home and could evolve my musical taste. It really shook me to hear of Steve's passing. And you're a star now, blinking bright // And you drive so fast now, out of sight
I live in a former Soviet republic and I still remember when I first saw the All Stars music video on what was then the very first music channels in my country. My musical tastes have changed a lot and more than once since that time and I have never been a special fan of Shrek, but the guys found such a rare combination of high-quality pop-rock and the sound of the era that almost any of their songs takes me back to those times when a bad rating in school was the greatest possible tragedy. Thanks to Steve and all the other guys involved in this.
Smash Mouth were one of the first bands I ever got into, WAYYY back when I was a little kid. They were never seen as a "serious" band (exacerbated by the Shrek memes since at least the 2010s), but I didn't (and still don't) care; I've always had a soft spot for 'em, as I've always enjoyed the punk-reggae swagger they brought to the alt-pop-rock world, a big part of which was spearheaded by Steve himself. I knew he had a LOT of issues; still, I was hoping for the best for him. Anyways, fuck it... let's rock. Rest in peace, Steve, and my condolences to his family and friends.
Rest in paradise Steve! You and your band were a gateway band to me and my friends and we may not jam you like we did back in the early 00s. Still helped shape our musical tastes. Now Steve is walkin’ on the sun ☀️ 💕
Fly high Steve. You basically soundtracked the formative years of kids who came of age around the late nineties and early two thousands & gave folks of all ages a rich catalog of infectious rock music to cherish forever more. Rest easy Steve.
Smash Mouth is such a fun, catchy band. They're easily one of my favorites. They also have a lot of nostalgia with me, from watching Shrek as a kid. I can easily listen to Fush Yu Mang, Astro Lounge, and Smash Mouth back to back, I like them so much. While some may not like them for their cheesiness, that's exactly why I love them. It gives them a lot of character and makes their songs fun to listen to.
R.I.P. Steve. Here's to many amazing years of music (and memes). Whether you listened to them for the music or the memes, Steve's songs made a lot of people smile and laugh. I have a few fond memories associated with All Star and I'm A Believer.
Genuinely super upset about the information of Steve Hartwell's passing, because I am truly a HUGE Smash Mouth fan (check my scrobbles if you don't believe me). I always had random bouts of enjoying this shit to the fullest since I was kid, and it always touched a weird guilty pleasure spot for me, even though I never considered it a guilty pleasure. I will miss you, Steve, and the music you and your weirdly fantastic band put out.
Steve Harwell. You and Smash Mouth created one of the most iconic songs of the 90s, not only in pop rock, in whole music history. Besides owning song gems, hopefully you're rockin' in the haven. R.I.P.