20 years after the debut of their classic ‘90’s album, “Fush Yu Mang,” Smash Mouth is still going strong, with a well-earned reputation as one of the ultimate party bands. In fact, we’re pretty sure you’re already humming along to at least one of their hits right now…
Come join the party at Tower Theatre on August 30! Local group Husbands will be opening, and you’re guaranteed to have a great night!
This year, venerable multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut, smash-hit album “Fush Yu Mang”. Released on July 8, 1997, “FYM” was a shocking -- and industry-changing -- success.
Out of nowhere, the single “Walkin’ On The Sun” was an immediate international sensation, quickly shooting to #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually boosting “FYM” sales to over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. In the two decades since, Smash Mouth has not slowed down. In fact, they are as vital and vibrant as ever.
In celebration of this milestone year, Smash Mouth will release a just-completed acoustic version of “FYM” in it’s entirety (along with a mini-book recalling it’s making). 2017 will also see the band releasing a new album of all-original material. 2017 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the veteran San Jose rockers.
May, 2016 saw the release of “Playlist: The Very Best of Smash Mouth”. As part of Sony’s recent “Playlist” CD series, the album is a composite of twelve Smash Mouth favorites chosen from live recordings of two late-2014 concerts (one in Rapid City, South Dakota, the other in Manilla, The Phillipines). This CD is a must-have for even the most casual Smash Mouth fan, as each track literally explodes with live energy. “We’re a totally different band live” enthused Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell. “People are constantly telling me how much more powerful our songs are live compared to the studio versions”.
Yes, they have wives, but Wil Norton and Danny Davis are also Husbands, the “bedroom pop” duo spanning the country — Davis lives in Oklahoma City and Norton in Washington D.C.
The band was formed while Norton was still a local, after the dissolution of instrumental post-rock band The Non (which also featured Zach Zeller, now of Horse Thief). But the duo’s process didn’t falter when he relocated to attend Georgetown University.
Despite the distance, Husbands has released quite a bit of material recently, including a brand-new full-length album titled “Stay Gold."
- By Becky Carman, for The Oklahoman