Smash Mouth remind us that they initially passed on 'Shrek'

Other bands were offered the chance to be featured in the film.
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By The New ALT 105.3

A new interview with Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastien has lead to the Bay Area's own Smash Mouth reminding folks of how they initially passed on having their songs in 'Shrek'.

Upon being asked if they were the backup plan for 'Shrek' when it came to the music in the film the band tweeted that they initially passed on the offer before ultimately deciding to record their cover of The Monkees "I'm A Believer" for it. This echoes the sentiment they tweeted in 2018 when Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins noted that his band was asked to do 'Shrek' first.

Smash Mouth's "All Star" was of course used as well in the film's opening scene and the rest is history.

Singer Steve Harwell also revealed a few years ago that the band recorded an "awesome song" for the second 'Shrek' film, but DreamWorks didn't use it.