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Meet the madman behind the Smash Mouth ‘All Star’ resurgence

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Screengrab via cool_as_heck/Twitter

They don’t stop coming.

Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” the Shrek song you’ve had stuck in your head for 15 years, has become one of the internet’s favorite targets for bizarre remixes and mashups. Well, the “All Star” remixes start coming and they don’t stop coming. In the latest good one, the vocals keep getting higher while the music keeps getting lower.

This descent into Smash Mouth hell was created by James Nielssen, Twitter’s @cool_as_heck, who also recently produced a version of “All Star” where every word is the opening “some-BODY.” 

It’s madness. 

And here’s his remix of “All Star” that gets 15 percent faster whenever lead singer Steve Harwell says “the”:


Why all this Smash Mouth insanity? Why now? The song has been a joke on the internet for years, but it seems to have crashed into another, more recent trend of warping the hell out of popular videos. 

The best example is a swarm of Bee Movie remixes that have blown up over the past couple of weeks, using weird rules like “speed up whenever someone says ‘bee'” or “play the entire Bee Movie trailer really fast whenever someone says ‘bee.” 

Nielssen is big into remixes and mashups—here are some of his best—and he’s also really into Bee Movie.

Coincidence? Could bee, but then again …

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.