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Worse Than the Sum Of Its Parts: Smashmouth “Days Like These” Isolated Vocal Track

February 18th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

I used to think that any band who had any sort of fame has to be somebody’s favorite, just to amass the band’s base enough to push them onto the charts.

Not Smashmouth. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a music snob, but I’ve never met a SINGLE person who’s ever said “You know who really rocks me? Smashmouth.” Maybe those folks are out there, somewhere …

Smashmouth’s popularity is one of life’s great mysteries — like the popularity of “Two and a Half Men.” They have this kind of lukewarm appeal — the kind of appeal that stops me from changing the channel on a Clear-Channel-choked car radio while driving to the down-at-the-mouth outlet store when I’m visiting my parents.

Smashmouth is the music version of the best t-shirt at Hot Topic, the best of a rotten lot when choice is utterly not an option.

But this track, it’s something else entirely. It’s the singer’s isolated vocal track from the song “Days Like These” … and if you thought the band in aggregate was craptacular, this little gem is a white dwarf of sheer sub-par suck-rock.

It is Kool-Aid without sugar, a burger on bread without ketchup or salad. It is peanut butter on Wonder Bread, eaten in the back seat of a hot car on family vacation … there are good times to be had, but this is the space in between.

But, still, hilarious. And BEGGING for a mashup. Post ‘em if you got ‘em, download below:

Smashmouth’s “Days Like These”, isolated vocal track.

If you’re into stuff like this, and want to hear real quality — check out this bunch of unaccompanied drum tracks by John Bonham — from the recording of Led Zeppelin’s “In Through the Out Door.”

UPDATE:Hear mashups using the track here

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