90's kids: whip out the Capri Sun, dump it into your after-work glass of wine, and cue up a Shrek marathon because Smash Mouth's "All Star" has returned.
Electronic production duo Breathe Carolina have turned back the clock for an official remix of "All Star" to celebrate the iconic earworm's 20th anniversary. The term "earworm" here is spot on, echoing a sentiment by Rolling Stone, who wrote, "Smash Mouth’s “All Star” has followed you incessantly for the last two decades. If you’re under the age of 30, it’s a part of the fabric of your life as much as it’s a strand of the DNA that keeps the internet funny and weird." While the song has been the butt of many memes, its influence on pop culture is undeniable.
Remixing a song of this magnitude is a daunting task, but Breathe Carolina hit the nail on the head. Taking the single into electropop territory, the Denver-born duo were smart to keep the infectious melody of the original intact, even using the same whistle samples that have been stuck in our heads for the last 20 years. Framing the remix in a bouncy moombah-pop rhythm, Breathe Carolina did a fantastic job of breathing new life into "All Star" with a refreshing twist instead of butchering it into electronic oblivion like many other producers. Smash Mouth agreed, saying, "We gravitated towards Breathe Carolina because of their prior work especially the Marshmello and Bastille "Happier" remix. Obviously, the EDM genre is on fire and it's still fresh and new but we really liked the way Breathe Carolina kept the skeleton of the song the same but transported it to 2019."
I had the distinct privilege of chatting with Breathe Carolina's David Schmitt and Tommy Cooperman about how the opportunity came about and their thought process behind the production.