Today on Instagram, Billy Corgan took some time to answer fan questions and when one fan asked if he’d ever seen the 2001 Dreamworks film Shrek, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman revealed a little secret about how he was almost involved with the soundtrack. As Exclaim points out, soundtrack coordinators originally offered the Smashing Pumpkins the opportunity to have their music featured at the end credits for the film before giving it to Smash Mouth instead.
Asked in a follow-up question which song they’d have chosen to use on the soundtrack, Corgan said he would’ve gone with “Untitled,” the last song the band released before their temporary break up in 2000. The soundtrack instead featured Smash Mouth’s “I’m A Believer” cover, with their song “All Star” also featured earlier in the film.
It’s worth noting that Corgan’s retelling is currently being disputed by Smash Mouth, who said on Twitter that they’d actually been pursued by Dreamworks for over a month before finally agreeing to take part in the film. Check out Exclaim‘s story for yourself here.
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