I always wanted to entertain. I wanted to be a singer, and after looking around, I said, "You know what? I can do this." In the early 90’s I had a hip-hop group called F.O.S. that I thought was gonna take off and be the next House of Pain, but that all got thrown out the window when Snoop Dogg came out and changed the landscape. So I got out of the label contract I had with Scotti Bros. Records, went back home and said, "Screw it, I'm gonna put a band together."
I started it with Kevin, my roommate, and best friend when we were kids. I was a fan of the Gents, this cover band that Greg was in, so I befriended him. We started hanging out, me and Paul and Greg, and I kept persisting, like, "Hey, man, I want to work on some stuff with you." It was hard enough to convince them that I wasn't some bully, that I was just trying to be a friend. I wouldn't have blamed those guys if they had bailed in the first two seconds of meeting me, but I wanted everybody to understand that if everybody worked hard, we could do this thing in two years. And they stood by me.
We did everything to survive. We stole, we bartered. The only thing we didn't do was prostitution. We all scratched and clawed. We covered each other's asses because that was all we had. I was at a point in my life where I was like, "Am I gonna be the loser that everybody expects me to be? Or am I gonna be the guy who rises up and fulfills his dream?" I know that Greg had the same dream, and Paul, and Kevin; it was every musician's dream. Everybody wants to entertain. And I mapped it all out. Once I got Robert, our manager, behind us and Eric, our producer, the rest was easy.
In June 1997, Smash Mouth was signed to Interscope Records when label brass caught wind of our unknown (and unsigned) band being ADDED to the highly-influential L.A. radio station KROQ's playlist after only one spin of our song "Walkin' on the Sun". Smash Mouth's major-label debut "Fush Yu Mang" went more than DOUBLE PLATINUM and set the table for what most consider our masterpiece follow-up album "Astrolounge". We had three top-ten hits off that album ("All-Star," "Then the Morning Comes," and "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,") sales for "Astrolounge" were nearly double those for our debut, approaching QUADRUPLE PLATINUM status. Smash Mouth's third Interscope release featured the Smash Hit "I'm a Believer".
Around this time we crossed over to the film world by providing the musical heart of the soundtrack for "Shrek" and even making a cameo appearance in the movie "Rat Race".
More recently we have been touring the world non-stop. All the while I have spent many days in the studio recording tracks that I like in various genres from Pop to Rock and Hip Hop to Country. So I have decided to launch this site as a place to house and showcase these songs.
Please visit often and let me know your thoughts on the songs I post here.
Much Love - Steve