A CHURCH — I know Smash Mouth's song "All Star" is one of the most recognizable tunes on the planet, but it's also one of the most obnoxious.
Let's be honest people, in the early 2000s we were not at the top of our game. We thought bleached tips were a strong hairstyle choice, pooka shell necklaces were fashionable and that Smash Mouth was a really talented band. We now know better. Well, some of us do.
All I need to hear is one note of that song and the next thing I know I'm singing, "Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me," and my day is totally ruined. I mean like completely shot and I'm grumpy the rest of the day. In fact, my fingers are pounding my keyboard as I'm writing this as my hands are channeling my anger. But I can let all that stress go because musician Gud Nuse has made "All Star" amazing.
Nuse likes to cover unconventional songs on his piano in a church where the acoustics are phenomenal and "All Star" shouldn't typically be allowed. Nuse's minor-key interpretation is haunting as he weaves his powerful voice into the familiar tune. You then listen to the lyrics and remember the nonsense of the song, but it's OK because this version rattles your bones and sticks to your ribs. The random saxophone is also a nice touch.
Check out the cover and find a new appreciation for what may be one of history's worst hits.