Paul McCartney just lost his spot as this summer’s most anticipated local concert. Smash Mouth is coming to Brat Fest.
Formed in San Jose, California, in 1994, Smash Mouth began life as did most groups in the ’90s: as a ska band. They scored their first major hit in 1997 with “Walkin’ on the Sun,” but it was 1999’s “All Star” that proved to be their masterpiece. And while its music video ties into the forgotten superhero comedy Mystery Men, “All Star” is probably best known as the de facto theme song to Shrek.Brat Fest’s recent lineups seem to be drawn directly from early Now That’s What I Call Music! compilations: Gin Blossoms performed at last year’s fest, and Everclear the year before that. But for as cool as those two bands are, neither have enjoyed Smash Mouth’s ubiquity. To this day, “All Star” is unavoidable; I work at a grocery store, and they play “All Star” more often than they play The Beatles.
Go ahead and put that finger and thumb in the shape of an “L” on your forehead, Sir Paul.