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This collaboration has been a long time coming. The bromance began on Aug. 1, 2016, when Smash Mouth tweeted that Car Seat Headrest had released one of the best songs of the year.
@carseatheadrest One of the best songs of 2016 point blank!— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 1, 2016
Amazing constructed song, def gonna piss off the radio gate keepers but F them! All main choruses should start at 3min. ha!— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 2, 2016
Car Seat Headrest responded graciously and soon fans were suggesting the bands team up to cover each other’s songs. Now, it’s been announced that Smash Mouth has covered “Something Soon” and Car Seat Headrest performed “Fallen Horses.” The recordings premiered on Jenny Eliscu’s SiriusXMU show.
Car Seat Headrest frontman Will Toledo and Smash Mouth’s Greg Camp joined Eliscu for a conversation about the covers. Camp said he was especially impressed by Toledo’s lyricism.
“His lyrics are just amazing. That’s always the main thing I go for the artists that I listen to,” Camp said. “His automatically grab you, you know, they pull you in. Whereas with Smash Mouth, the music might grab some people, and then you start listening to the lyrics and go, ‘Oh, that’s a little darker than it sounds.’ I like to think that he and I have some things in common in that way.”
The collaboration has officially been dubbed #CarSmash by Smash Mouth online. Right now, only their cover of “Something Soon” is available to listen to online and fans so far dig it.
Worried my last words are gonna be something incredibly stupid like: "This Smash Mouth cover of a Car Seat Headrest song bangs."— Perfume Gza™ (@TimDuffy) February 15, 2018
smash mouth and car seat headrest is the one collab we never knew we needed— Carina Schröder ✨ (@niinaschroder) February 16, 2018
sometimes you wake up at 4:30 and aren't sure why and then you find out that smash mouth covered car seat headrest https://t.co/AmpwiGt4SP— #1 gay ghost (@ultimatehungry) February 16, 2018
The Car Seat Headrest/Smash Mouth split is very good and fun.— Blake Ells (@blakeells) February 15, 2018
Listen to Smash Mouth’s cover here and stay tuned for Car Seat Headrest’s cover, as well.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.