You know what the world needs more of? Beef. We’re always hungry for more of it so thank the heavens the Smashing Pumpkins decided to start some hardcore beef with…Smash Mouth? About the Shrek soundtrack?
You wouldn’t think anyone would have a reason to target the ska-pop band best known for the goofy single “All-Star” and a cover of the Monkee’s song “I’m A Believer,” both of which are prominently featured in Shrek. Who would have a problem with that?
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Enter Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. During a Q&A on his Instagram story, Corgan asserted that the Smashing Pumpkins were initially approached for Shrek, not Smash Mouth. “We were offered the end credit song for Shrek 1 but the offer was withdrawn and given to Smashmouth [sic] (who had hit with Monkees song).”
Corgan added that the song the Smashing Pumpkins would’ve supplied was “Untitled,” the last song the band recorded together before their initial breakup in 2000.
Smash Mouth is having none of this heresy, though. The band said they were asked for a song multiple times by Dreamworks, after Smash Mouth turned them down.
“Actually we said no and Michael Austin from Dreamworks kept calling,” the band tweeted. “That went on for over a month. We assume multiple bands we’re (sic) asked. If it feeds Billy’s ego to think they we’re first let him think that. Def would have been a darker approach. @THE_EELS are on it & others.”
Actually we said no and Michael Austin from Dreamworks kept calling. That went on for over a month. We assume multiple bands we're asked. If it feeds Billy's ego to think they we're first let him think that. Def would have been a darker approach. @THE_EELS are on it & others.
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 16, 2018
You could pick a band to stand behind on this beef, but it seems pretty one-sided thus far. Let this serve as a warning to future would-be beefers — don’t you dare mess with Smash Mouth ever again.