Upon release in 2001, the soundtrack to the seminal Dreamworks animation soon became renowned for including the music of Smash Mouth.
As well as featuring the band’s ‘All Star’ in the film’s iconic opening sequence, their cover of The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer’ played an integral part in one of the film’s final scenes.
But Corgan recently recently courted controversy during an Instagram Q&A by claiming that Smashing Pumpkins were first asked to provide the song that would soundtrack Shrek’s final scene.
According to the singer, he turned down an offer for their 2000 track ‘Untitled’ to play during the scene that would eventually feature Smash Mouth’s cover of The Monkees.
However, Corgan’s side of the story is very different to that of Smash Mouth – who claim that Dreamworks repeatedly asked them to record the track before they eventually accepted the offer.
Actually we said no and Michael Austin from Dreamworks kept calling. That went on for over a month. We assume multiple bands we're asked. If it feeds Billy's ego to think they we're first let him think that. Def would have been a darker approach. @THE_EELS are on it & others.
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) August 16, 2018
Hitting out at Corgan’s “ego”, they wrote: “Actually we said no and Michael Austin from Dreamworks kept calling. That went on for over a month.
“We assume multiple bands we’re asked. If it feeds Billy’s ego to think they we’re first let him think that. Def would have been a darker approach.”
Now, Corgan has responded to Smash Mouth’s latest comments – and he’s sticking to his side of the story.
“Facts are facts. And the fact that we were pushed aside for what became a big hit for them is hardly a diss on the other side”, he affirmed in an new interview.
“And I told the band this story 16 years ago.”
Meanwhile, Billy Corgan has revealed which ’90s band he thinks were the greatest.