Smash Mouth was formed in 1994 by Steve Harwell, who had formerly played in a rap group called F. They soon developed into a band, and named themselves Smashmouth, a football term.
They are known for songs such as "Walkin' on the Sun" (1997), "All Star" (1999), and a cover of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" (2001), the latter two of which were featured on the soundtrack for the animated film Shrek.The band adopted retro styles covering several decades of popular music.For better of for worse, the song gets a catchiness boost from the standard EDM stylings of the producer Specter and a few bars from a female vocalist.Memorable (and questionable) lyrics include: "Sex is a gun / you're the ammunition" and "Love battles on / submission demolition," keeping the military theme going strong.The rock band has been kicking around ever since, but it's only now that they've decided to jump back into the mainstream music mix with the release of a new electronic dance music jam.
"Love Is a Soldier" has that undeniable Smash Mouth sound; lead singer Steve Harwell hasn't changed an bit (except to get rid of his signature chinstrap facial hair), with his raspy shout-singing all over the track.
The band's first publicity came when a demo of the song "Nervous in the Alley" was played by a San José radio station, KOME.
Soon after, Interscope Records signed the band, and the group's debut album, Fush Yu Mang, was released in 1997, featuring another member: the keyboardist Michael Klooster.
I interrupt whatever boring, unimportant thing you were doing to tell you something REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.
We all have been living our lives on this planet totally overlooking a crucial connection between the guy who told us we were all-stars and the guy who told us we can put beer on a burger.
He stated that his most sentimental recollection was his grandmother playing the same three songs over and over on the piano; he said "You can hear her fingernails hit the keys before they actually make the note.