Steve Harwell, former lead vocalist of rock band Smash Mouth, identified for its 1999 hit “All Star,” died Monday at his residence in Boise, Idaho, simply days after getting into hospice for problems of liver failure, the (*56*) York Times reported. He was 56.
A supervisor for Harwell confirmed to TMZ over the weekend that the singer “has been scuffling with alcohol abuse all through his life — and now, he’s reached the ultimate stage of liver failure.”
Harwell is among the founders of Smash Mouth which was fashioned in 1994. The rock band is famously identified for its hit track “All Star” which was featured within the band’s 1999 album Astro Lounge. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and was heard in quite a few movies, together with within the opening credit of the Oscar-nominated Shrek. “All Star” additionally was included within the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Mystery Men.
“We had no clue how large ‘Shrek’ was going to be,” Harwell stated in a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone.
Harwell additionally praised “Walkin’ on the Sun”, saying the track “modified music. It modified the way in which individuals hearken to music,” he advised Rolling Stone in the same 2019 interview. “It was so completely different and it was so uncommon, and it was so particular. It simply had that sound that we created. Ask anyone that’s tried to repeat us, you may’t. You simply can’t.”
The band’s different hit songs included “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” and “I’m a Believer.”
Harwell left the band in 2021. Smash Mouth, which nonetheless performs, has launched new singles, together with “Underground Sun” this 12 months, with a special lead singer.
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