The popular Dreamworks animated movie about a swamp-loving ogre is currently at the centre of a heated feud between Smashing Pumpkins and Smash Mouth.
“Shrek” became an instant hit upon its release in 2001 and the film’s soundtrack was equally as successful, helped in large part due to American rock band Smash Mouth, who had two of their songs featured on the album.
Smash Mouth’s most famous track, “All Star”, played over the film’s iconic opening sequence, and their cover of The Monkees’ hit “I’m A Believer” closed out the movie in a memorable final scene. The group became so synonymous with “Shrek” that it’s hard to imagine any other band taking their place.
However, according to Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, it was his band who were offered the “Shrek” soundtrack first. In a Q&A session on Instagram, Corgan was asked if he’d ever seen “the hit movie ‘Shrek’,” and though he didn’t answer that question, he did offer some insight regarding the soundtrack, according to Exclaim.
“We were offered the end credit song for ‘Shrek 1’ but the offer was withdrawn and given to Smashmouth [sic] (who had hit with Monkees song),” Corgan wrote.
The 51-year-old rocker said that if the deal had gone through, the band would have offered their song “Untitled” — the Pumpkins’ last single release before they broke up in 2000 (the band reunited earlier this year).
A fan decided to verify Corgan’s info by asking Smash Mouth about it on Twitter, and the “Walkin’ On The Sun” hitmakers had their own version of events.
Last year, Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell spoke to Polygon about the band’s connection to “Shrek”, stating that the movie is “a daily occurrence for us.”
“Obviously, the first ‘Shrek’ is the best because that’s the only one with our songs featured in it,” Harwell said. “DreamWorks requested one for the second ‘Shrek’, and we recorded an awesome song but they decided not to use it.”