Fush Yu Mang: Future Charity Stunts By '90s Has-Beens
Today, we learned that Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell will eat 24 eggs, in any style he wants, for a $10,000 donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. That's a pretty sweet deal, because we like scrambled eggs with cheese and deviled eggs. And omelets are pretty rad too.
Smash Mouth: "Nobody can eat 50 eggs!"
Here's a nasty full disclosure for you all: Rocks Off bought Sugar Ray's Floored and Smash Mouth's Fush Yu Mang on the same day, at the same store, in the summer of 1997. That's some heavy trash, son. We basically just confessed to a musical crime equivalent to regicide, or at the very least an illegal left turn where a sign is clearly posted.
Now, you all know that we would admit to that freely on any day of the week. We ain't scared of being embarrassed. It's too late for that. We know some of still pop in the Titanic soundtrack on solo road trips, and that you secretly think that Nickelback is hated because people are afraid of reality. And Smash Mouth was just The Offspring if Joe Cocker was the lead singer anyway. Hey! Where are you going?
Anyhow, thinking about Harwell's charity stunt, "egged" (har har) on by the folks at comedy site Something Awful, made me think of other '90s poppers that could also perform hilarious acts for charity and the betterment of mankind alike. As a frothing devotee of mid to late '90s pop music, there couldn't be a better person for this job.
P.S. We also own the two Sugar Ray albums after Floored. We saw them as the Stones to Smash Mouth's Beatles. Didn't that feel dirty to read?
Lou Bega: Mr. Bega will stand on his head for at least two hours to raise money to feed the homeless. And by "homeless" he means himself, and by "feed" he means "drink Nightrain." Come on, just whatever change is in your pocket. Actually, he just released a new album last year in Europe.
The Verve Pipe: The Verve Pipe, most famous for 1997's "The Freshmen," will slowly morph into a children's band over the course of a decade and play prime slots on kiddie stages at major music festivals. Oh, that actually happened.
Richard Ashcroft (The Verve): Mr. Ashcroft, who someone managed to combine Oasis' Noel and Liam Gallagher into one person, will glower at a bare wall in his local pub for the Prince's Trust to the tune of almost one million British pounds sterling. Ashcroft will later admit to not realizing that it was for charity, and attempt to sue for an undisclosed sum.
Paula Cole: To help benefit the scholarships that are a part of RodeoHouston, Paula Cole will sing "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" during every round of female barrel racing at the rodeo. She will sign autographs in the carnival midway, but not allow photography of her armpits.