Before April 22, 2001, the world was a dark, dank place. It's been reported that only 4 laughs were recorded in the previous century. Onions were perceived only as a food, rather than a complex emotional metaphor. Dragon / donkey love was shunned, and those who engaged in the practice were banished.
But on April 22, 2001, at Los Angeles' iconic Mann Village Theatre, the tide turned. An animated masterpiece, the majesty of which has never been eclipsed or recaptured, was unleashed into an unsuspecting world. Hope had returned. And also there was a song in it what everybody liked.
The song in question? 'All Star' by Smash Mouth. Yeah, you know the one. The one that turns up seemingly every fifteen seconds in every single family friendly animation. The one that the guy you didn't really think would show but turned up to karaoke anyway will always insist on singing, draping their tribal tattooed arms around your shoulders, belching fosters directly into your nostrils. The one etched into your brain for all eternity.
Well, turns out that the artists behind 'All Star', Smash Mouth, are SICK AND BLOODY TIRED of being famous for Shrek, and are waging a one-band war against anyone who says otherwise on Twitter.
@jacobdotexe News to us? We already had a #1 hit with "WalkinOnTheSun and "AllStar" was already Top10 before Shrek was released.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) April 4, 2015
@TheOGLilB Nope, We already had a #1 hit song on every chart in every Country and AllStar was already top10 on it's way to #1 before Shrek.— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) July 29, 2015
But do people really know them from Shrek? Do people even know them at all? Can you, yes YOU, complete the lyrics to their 'most famous song'?
Take the quiz below to find out!