1999 was a much more innocent time. 9/11 hadn’t happened, there was no social media or smartphones, and we largely still got most of our music delivered to our ear holes via terrestrial radio. If you were around in the era, you’ll remember that Smash Mouth’s “All Star” — which spent 30 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 4 in August 1999 — was simply unavoidable. And why would you have wanted to avoid it, with the infectious whistle, sing-song verses and positive message — “get your game on! go play!” — making it one of the year’s most prolific pop anthems.
And in 1999, dance music had not yet taken hold in the United States, meaning we never got the electronic remix of “All Star” that we deserved during the era. While loads of producers have subsequently done their own remixes of the track, reworking it in genres from trap to progressive, there has never been an offical edit of “All Star.”
Breathe Carolina, the electropop band/DJ duo, are now course-correcting history with their tropically flavored remix of this most enduring jam, out Friday (August 23) via Interscope/UMe. Their remix keeps the fundamentals of the original in tact while turning up the brightness to 11 on the chorus.
“Over the years, it seems like hundreds of remixes of ‘All Star’ have emerged, and we as a band are flattered and grateful for the love and attention,” Smash Mouth is quoted in a statement. “We have not commissioned an ‘official’ remix to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our hit ‘All Star’… Until now. We are very excited to have such a great artist like Breathe Carolina create this very fresh and inspiring official remix for us. We are big fans of this duo and absolutely love their take on our biggest hit. Please take a listen as we know you will love it, too…”
“‘All Star’ was a huge part of our early lives; it was such a big song when we were growing up,” says Breathe Carolina. “To think that we got to take it and give it a modern twist is so crazy!”
Give it a listen below, because you’ll never know if you don’t go, and you’ll never shine if you don’t glow.