In the unmixed track, he wavers between being the third runner-up in a Dean Martin sound-alike competition held in a small village in India where no one has heard of Dean Martin and being in the midst of a post-breakup whiskey-fueled mental breakdown. In the fully produced version on the album, all of this is cleverly masked by the state-of-the-art Pringles can he sings through. The producers took some fairly ear-grating vocals, then added some distortion effects to make them sound worse, thus tricking us into thinking the purposefully bad vocals were a stylistic choice. They raised the bar by lowering it. Clever.
Steve Harwell from Smash Mouth Singing "Days Like These"
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For a short time in the early 2000s, we politely listened to Smash Mouth's few hit singles, but then as a species we decided we'd had enough new Smash Mouth songs for one millennium, so we stopped. There are probably a bunch of fully released Smash Mouth songs you've never heard, but there's one you've never heard because the band never released it, and it didn't become public until it was leaked onto YouTube. It was called "Days Like These," and in it, lead singer Steve Harwell (yes, his name really is Steve and not Bodacious Riptide or '67 Chevy Sunburn, as he should be named) recorded the vocal track and, well, that's pretty much as far as they got, I guess.
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Pictured: Mr. Board Wax Bowling Shirt, lead singer of Smash Mouth.