SMASH MOUTH: Are They Deep or Dumb? - Wisecrack Edition

16 nov. 2019
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"Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play..." Are these fratty bro lyrics? A deep expression of existential angst? Or neither? Let's find out in this Wisecrack Edition on Smash Mouth: Are They Deep or Dumb?

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Written by: Myles McDonough
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Motion Graphics by: Jackson Maher
Editing by: Mark Potts
Produced by: Evan Yee

© 2019 Wisecrack / Omnia Media, Inc.

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    WisecrackWisecrackIl y a 11 mois
    • Do a deep or dumb on the butterfly effect movies please

      CynicalPOVCynicalPOVIl y a 11 mois
    • @jonokai nah... solipsism isn't a way of justifying things to other people but a way of explaining to someone how they've become (are becoming) unhinged

      Bryan McCormickBryan McCormickIl y a 11 mois
    • what you wanna do is make a critical video essay on taylor swift style pop culture reducing absurdism to mass market appeal and whether it has deep justifications... for that matter even the over-use of the word crazy as a fallacious wink and nod to absurdity or is that too cray

      Bryan McCormickBryan McCormickIl y a 11 mois
    • How many takes did it take to keep a straight face?

      MagnuMagnusMagnuMagnusIl y a 11 mois
    • @Jack MedinThumbs up for Authorial Intent

      ZiprassZiprassIl y a 11 mois
  • Checked the date to see if it was a April 1st joke.

    TheArthueTheArthueIl y a 5 jours
  • You're meant to say: Are their brains smart or ar their heads dumb?

    el ay of el taigerel ay of el taigerIl y a 12 jours
  • I always thought All-Star was a critique of all humanity. Like, at first some "she" was calling the narrator a loser, was actually an allegory to mother nature, that as absurdism defends, was always revealing what humans were basically: just a bunch of animals. But then, we discovered that had a lot to do and see, so, driven by curiosity, we embarked in a quest for gratefulness, running as far as we could from our primitive roots, taking some back streets, even though we knew deep down it was ethically inappropriate, but we didn't care because just cannot bear the angst of not going and not knowing things, because deep down we are an insecure species, that just has to affirm its own power and control over reality by knowledge, even though this path has taken us to destroy our own biosphere, ignoring are own limitations as, well, animals. Later in the song, somebody asks the narrator some change for gas because this person just gotta get away from that place. That place would Earth, that we are trying to escape to be away from its inevitable demise. And the gas, in the case, is literally carbon-based fuel. Pretty self-explanatory on that. But seriously, why the fuck Smash Mouth would try to put a secret message in a song even though they know not a lot of people will take´em seriously, especially knowing that they are famous for just selling their music rights to not always good family movies and for doing some not very appreciated cover.

    Miguel NeryMiguel NeryIl y a 25 jours
  • i disagree with the overall message of this video, and how it takes the easy way put and punches down. I feel for a pop band to deal with these topics while still being way more palpable for a mainstream is audience impressive. Especially more then a guy with a beard who was a philosophy minor at university calling it dumb." Like your not wrong,your just an asshole"

    Nicahlos DerbyshireNicahlos DerbyshireIl y a 2 mois
  • Honestly i think its accidentally deep

    David Climent ChambelDavid Climent ChambelIl y a 4 mois
  • For the people who just want’s to know whether it’s DEEP or DUMB: Dumb, Duh

    Horse JointHorse JointIl y a 4 mois
  • Sorry forcing this video on you guys. I just thought I saw some meaning in it🤷🏾‍♂️

    Miles PQMiles PQIl y a 5 mois
  • I don't know, I think sometimes people who are uneducated can get a bad rap for being dumb. There's a reason Smash Mouth connected with so many people, and it has at least something to do with these grand philosophical ideas, so just because they didn't know about or engage with philosophers doesn't mean they're not tapping into those concepts in their own way. Of course, this makes their intentions way more difficult to read than normal, because they don't use widely used philosophical terms to express their philosophy, making it difficult to parse exactly what they're communicating.

    Dante WilcoxDante WilcoxIl y a 5 mois
  • "put away the crack before the crack puts you away. You need to be there when your kid's old enough to relate."

    Nader ShammoutNader ShammoutIl y a 5 mois
  • look in to "Walkin' on the sun" and it'll change your mind. I spell a part 2

    Nader ShammoutNader ShammoutIl y a 5 mois
    • smell*

      Nader ShammoutNader ShammoutIl y a 5 mois
  • 2019 Wisecrack: " a world that is sometimes literally on fire." 2020: happens.

    Hunter SpalenkaHunter SpalenkaIl y a 5 mois
  • Ai hate all star soo much it hurts

    AutonymousTubeAutonymousTubeIl y a 5 mois
  • Dumb.

    Peter BarnesPeter BarnesIl y a 6 mois
  • This is the most high level shitposting I have ever seen

    Brandon LuciaBrandon LuciaIl y a 6 mois
  • "We will have flying cars in 2020" 2020:

    Snaketooth 09Snaketooth 09Il y a 7 mois
  • I barley want to watch this because I feel that your going to do same thing everyone else does to smash mouth, people never look past the surface. Makes me angry, because smash mouth IS DEEP.

    Joseph BoycottJoseph BoycottIl y a 8 mois
    • Thank you for approaching this without bias

      Joseph BoycottJoseph BoycottIl y a 8 mois
  • Unsub for, yet again, a LONG baked-in mobile game ad. Gross.

    se7en deVilzse7en deVilzIl y a 8 mois
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    ppIl y a 8 mois
  • Locked the room from the outside. Dispute how absurd that is that is a man that loves his work! I love this channel with all my heart! 🥺🥰❤️

    Vida-Joda KigunduVida-Joda KigunduIl y a 8 mois
  • Finally, wisecrack talk about the real philosophers of our generation. Who needs Jean Paul Sartre when you have Smash Mouth?

    Kyle The PyleKyle The PyleIl y a 8 mois
  • im having a hard time hitting play on this one

    Byrdman the ViolatorByrdman the ViolatorIl y a 8 mois
  • How Ironic to find meaning in songs about meaninglessness!

    vynat dracovynat dracoIl y a 9 mois
  • All star will be found by an alien civilization far off in the distant future and only wish they had jams like that. Bet on it.

    Akatuski420 DavisAkatuski420 DavisIl y a 9 mois
  • I was hoping for some Fu Shung Ming

    Austin FaulknerAustin FaulknerIl y a 9 mois
  • Even though Jared and a large portion of Wisecrack didn't agree with this video's argument, I am glad they entertained the idea that Smashmouth had more thought put into their lyrics than many people give them credit for, and I always believed Smashmout did.

    clockwerk35clockwerk35Il y a 9 mois
  • Dear wisecrack you let your personal bias affect your perception even when the data pointed at there at least being some hidden depth.

    Acrimonious DragonAcrimonious DragonIl y a 9 mois
  • Jared. You are the best. Don't ever let them replace you. (Unless you be moving onto stable bigger and better things. Then you do you boo.) We love you Jared.

    Zack ShilakintheakakpackZack ShilakintheakakpackIl y a 9 mois
  • Smash mouth is a top 5 band of all time. So deep.

    We Smoke BitcoinsWe Smoke BitcoinsIl y a 10 mois
  • Um, more like irrelevent. Smashmouth?

    Michael BeasleyMichael BeasleyIl y a 10 mois
  • Bro i got too much time on my hands.

    Blue JayBlue JayIl y a 10 mois
  • Well, that's 15 minutes of my life I'm never getting back.

    Mario VilasMario VilasIl y a 10 mois
    • @Mario Vilas I know. Creepy right?

      DAMA94DAMA94Il y a 10 mois
    • @DAMA94 whoa

      Mario VilasMario VilasIl y a 10 mois
    • Mario Vilas that’s every 15 minutes. Ever.

      DAMA94DAMA94Il y a 10 mois
  • other then a quick sex joke i've never seen the appeal toward this song from guys with little concern toward anything other then propositioning someone. the phrase "frat rockers" caused me to be slightly less critical.

    laShanta CurrylaShanta CurryIl y a 10 mois
  • someBODy!

    AnaAnaIl y a 10 mois
  • So, Jared has a pretty important insight here: MUSIC AND COUNTER CULTURE: Is It Deep or Dumb? I mean, basically every counter-cultural group is a strike-back against "false" or "empty" cultural norms and a demand for "authenticity" (or "reality" in whatever terms they use) in general. This, in turn, is heavily co-opted by musical groups (and other related artistic movements) and movements in general, until you've got this weird feedback loop where generic and "just like everyone else"-style music makes demands and encouragement to "uniqueness" or "authenticity" (or whatever that particular genre of music or collection of would-be individualists with similar tastes uses to fill-in for those gaps). This cycle, itself, seems absurd (in the grander scheme, as well as in the specific) appearing much like a fruitless search for meaning in an uncaring universe without actual meaning. But does it have no meaning? I'm not sure. In either embracing the absurd (that is just accepting it and finding fun in the broad sense) or in utilizing it as an excuse to make your own meaning (that is rejecting pointlessness and being an agent of change) you end up with a purpose of sorts - what's more, even taking a religious tack, you still end up with that same meaning, even in the face of seemingly opposed conceits: most religious thoughts claim to have or create meaning within their own contexts, and within those counter-cultural groups, the opposition created then gives context to the religious thoughts (either in embracing the change, or in rejecting them). This, of course, does not inherently validate any particular counter-culture movement, philosophical take on it all, or religion, but within any of those contexts (even in rejecting any particular one) the existence of any or all makes contextual sense and permits the finding of reason and purpose within all of this. Fun times, is what I'm saying. Fun times.

    TacticslionTacticslionIl y a 11 mois
  • To those talking about Walking on the Sun: I honestly don't know if they missed it or not, or how intentional it is, but the fact that they have a sunburst in literally every off-panel picture seems pretty funny, given the exclusion.

    TacticslionTacticslionIl y a 11 mois
  • 11:20 - if it was their magnum opus, wouldn't that make it the last thing they made?

    TacticslionTacticslionIl y a 11 mois
  • You know if you wanna do a deep or dumb on rock bands, how about one on Metallica or Megadeth?

    Alexander LuftAlexander LuftIl y a 11 mois
  • Me (an un-certfied intellectual): Can we get a Deep or Dumb video on IDKHow But They Found me?

    HDoseHDoseIl y a 11 mois
  • Now that you did Smash Mouth... Do a Neil Cicierega!

    gomezpovinagomezpovinaIl y a 11 mois
  • I love Wisecrack but this videos dramatically pointed out I'm even less talented as fuck Smash Mouth. Great video though :). Cheers Wisecrack

    Dale Morrey-pDale Morrey-pIl y a 11 mois
  • I never got the hate for Smash Mouth. I kinda like their songs and think, they have a nice set of morals, talking about the failings of this world with a bit of dark humor.

    Jack StamperJack StamperIl y a 11 mois
  • I've got them in my playlist. I say they were decently wokish

    Matt SMatt SIl y a 11 mois
  • I would have said "Dumb w/a kinda Deep". As you pointed out it seamed accidental that they got so much right with the different philosophy's that a person could argue the point without doing in depth research.

    Lunar WalkerLunar WalkerIl y a 11 mois
  • 2003 Cat in a Hat was a masterpice, fuck you, fight me

    please kill yoursefplease kill yoursefIl y a 11 mois
  • This is excellent! Please do an entry on Steely Dan. Interested in what you come up with.

    Chris DavisChris DavisIl y a 11 mois
  • Cat in the Hat live action is a masterpiece. Shut ya MOUFF Jared.

    micheal vegamicheal vegaIl y a 11 mois

    snuggly facesnuggly faceIl y a 11 mois
  • This is stupid

    Alfonso PerezAlfonso PerezIl y a 11 mois
  • A week after seeing this and I just realized I will never be able to listen to smash mouth again without thinking about the contents of this video

    Oshino EdanOshino EdanIl y a 11 mois
  • I take any chance to talk about that stuff

    NilusNilusIl y a 11 mois
  • THUG notes on FRworld please

    Aisha AliAisha AliIl y a 11 mois
  • are we deep or dumb?

    • I think it's just poking fun at the meaningless life and absurd stuff that happens and helplessness innit i don't see it as dumb nor too smart tho :D it is definitely and ultimately just a fatherly advice :3 all star forever :3

      emyrgrznsky 99emyrgrznsky 99Il y a mois
    • We need to know: Has Greg, Steve or any of the other band members read The Stranger? Maybe the Myth of Sisyphus?

      WisecrackWisecrackIl y a 11 mois
  • i'm glad you guys covered smash mouth like this because these aspects are rarely touched upon in conversations about their music. they're unironically one of my favorite bands because they're fun, catchy, and their optimistic nihilism reflects my own personal philosophies. paul sarte and camus are actually two of my influences and while their ideas differ greatly at times i feel they can go hand in hand just as often. it sounds crazy but if you really listen to smash mouth's music you'll hear a lyrical representation of that happy nihilistic medium. i can see why people think it's dumb but they don't need to stick to one philosopher or idea to have their own. i feel like they're on to something but i'm not sure what. it's deep though, at least i think it is.

    MaxxMaxxIl y a 11 mois
  • You guys should fire Miles.

    Chris ClementsChris ClementsIl y a 11 mois
  • An episode about Smash Mouth What is this fuc - "Existentialism" Okay lets see how this shakes out.

    Hiro ProtaganistHiro ProtaganistIl y a 11 mois
    • Miles I'm going to kick the shit out of you for making me listen to Smash Mouth and also for being slightly correct about Smash Mouth.

      Hiro ProtaganistHiro ProtaganistIl y a 11 mois
  • Am i the only one who thinks Lucifer tv series deserve a "deep or dumb?" video ?

    Rene bohorquez antonRene bohorquez antonIl y a 11 mois
  • The second I heard Camus I just got so excited he’s my favorite philosopher

    JudioRulezJudioRulezIl y a 11 mois
  • Jared reading the lyrics like it's fine literature kept me here, because clearly, you're not taking yourselves too seriously on this video and I wholly approve.

    LukeSWErrthingLukeSWErrthingIl y a 11 mois
  • Do "A Scanner Darkly"!

    affinity1775affinity1775Il y a 11 mois
  • Jared is so pissed at the theme he keeps throwing Miles under the bus, instead of talking as an idea wisecrack team agrees on

    Stryke SStryke SIl y a 11 mois
  • WISECRACK: Is it Deep or Dumb?

    alphack8alphack8Il y a 11 mois
  • All philosophy, wise words, parables, and myths stem from the same basic principles. It's no surprise that Smash Mouth has connections to Camus because they're talking about the same thing. As Carl Jung said, modern people can't see God because they won't look low enough.

    StrangerStrangerIl y a 11 mois
  • Dislike because I disagree with your verdict. Just because the mind behind Smash Mouth didn't kick out a thesis quality thing, doesn't mean it's dumb. It may be deep, but presented in a Nsync chassis

    Dries du PreezDries du PreezIl y a 11 mois
  • They don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming

    Irene G.Irene G.Il y a 11 mois
  • Fuck you Jared. Your new ideas suck. I want Thug literature and alien movie reviews back. I´m unsubscribing because of this pop-culture shit.

    EuthumeoEuthumeoIl y a 11 mois
  • I think you should give a bit more credit for my boy Myles, the topic is Dope. Its one of the biggest hits of a whole generation for a reason, being that reason Deep or Dumb. I believe that in 100 years people will use their dumb songs to understand the society of the time. I think that the Deep side of this story is why them? There were hundreds of other artists that could have taken this Market Share, why them? Why did the Studios signed with them and not with a boy band made out of philosophers? I guess is that they spoke a language which the Back Street Philosophers were not able to, the language of the majority. They did that naturally out of their trips with drugs, sitting on a sofa at 3am in someones garage. I believe there is something beautiful about that. There is nothing in their songs that hold up to the 30s, they are talking with people in their 20ties maximum, who do not want to grow up, don't want this life to past by. Now, think with me, isn't that what is amazing in Spring Breakers? A Wisecrackers favorite. It might be Philosophically Dumb, but its an Anthropological treat.

    Jonas BarretoJonas BarretoIl y a 11 mois
  • I didn't know that Smash Mouth rote a book.

    KorrRuptION RedKorrRuptION RedIl y a 11 mois
  • You’re probably right, but All Star is still the anthem of my prepubescent childhood and it makes me happy to this day when I hear it.

    MadTimMadTimIl y a 11 mois
  • I never thought this question would arise.

    Dan StrierDan StrierIl y a 11 mois
  • It does seem possible. It’s basically don’t go out and seek happiness. It was where you ate all along. Everyone says that- *sigh* maybe they’re right.

    Ky LoKy LoIl y a 11 mois
  • It's become popular to criticize Smash Mouth. Yet, writing a song with a hook that becomes a earworm is not an easy task. If writing hit songs is easy, we'd all be doing it, right? Despite the criticism, how many know the lyrics to Allstar? Thought so.

    HorrornadoHorrornadoIl y a 11 mois
  • Can we all just agree that there is no deep to that pencil line chin strap beard on him.

    fartzinwindfartzinwindIl y a 11 mois
  • I think that what they were picking up on is the lack of any actual positive payoff. Seemed like the lyrics aren't about making a difference or accomplishing anything. Not succeeding in improving anything, but, as he said, being happy with how terrible existence is and not despite it

    Polygonmaster2Polygonmaster2Il y a 11 mois
  • Do a deep or dumb on suckerpunch! I really feel like there might be something there about escapism and dealing with trauma

    YukihyoYukihyoIl y a 11 mois
  • One of the best "deep or dumb" ever, i think there is an all new galaxy of meaning searching since its at least possible trying to find It in Smash Mouth songs. Congrats!

    Murilo Tavares BrandãoMurilo Tavares BrandãoIl y a 11 mois
  • you know *if* existentialism can be reduced to smachmouth lyrics, maybe the more important question is whether it is deep or dumb ;)

    Neon GodNeon GodIl y a 11 mois
  • Wisecrack, you should do a Deep or Dumb on Bad Religion, Green Day, or My Chemical Romance

    Ryan WieberRyan WieberIl y a 11 mois
  • That's guys were good but this shit..... unsubscribe....

    Cody SCody SIl y a 11 mois
  • Miles! Good show man making them listen!!!

    Michael StinsonMichael StinsonIl y a 11 mois
  • btw what else has been dumb on this series?

    MasaTheSlayerMasaTheSlayerIl y a 11 mois
  • fuck Epic!

    MasaTheSlayerMasaTheSlayerIl y a 11 mois
  • Awwww, I was really rooting for the deep.

    TheCrankyDankTheCrankyDankIl y a 11 mois
  • If there's never any Dumbs, the deep or dumb premise will always be just another "philosophy of" video format. This was a good one

    BrianBrianIl y a 11 mois
  • Do Chumbawamba! They are anarchists, and their music invokes Marx, Bakunin, Kropotkin, and more!

    Zo BirssZo BirssIl y a 11 mois
  • We do have a crazy adventure ahead but I doubt Smash Mouth is a guide

    Emilia ChisholmEmilia ChisholmIl y a 11 mois
  • Meta-Data is where lays the true answer... the constant cognitive dissonance of persuing meanning in a fully commodified society is juxtaposed byt the catchy pop-rock arrange clashign with barstool philosophy... Its an earnest attempt of meanning in a sugarcoated fashion that uses mnetic devices to drive a point instead of rethoric ones. Welcome to 15 million credits irl!

    MakaiMakaiIl y a 11 mois
  • This video would get more clicks with "all star" written somewhere

    João MrtinsJoão MrtinsIl y a 11 mois
  • Subtly dropping the audio level durring the add roll. That's deep. Love what you did there.

    Eric HobbsEric HobbsIl y a 11 mois
  • A bit meta here, but this video will be functioning as a bit of a temporary mental holiday to a better place for some of us.😉👍 Thanks guys!

    Michael BerthelsenMichael BerthelsenIl y a 11 mois
  • I love this video enormously. However this video series always makes me ask myself, "False dichotomies. Deep or dumb? "

    Jeremy BridgeJeremy BridgeIl y a 11 mois
  • "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." -- Albert Camus "You'll never know if you don't go. You'll never shine if you don't glow." -- Smash Mouth

    Joseph Herrmann IIIJoseph Herrmann IIIIl y a 11 mois
  • Smashmouth was one of the few 90s bands I independently liked. Since my near death in 99, I've chocks away dove into my early unfiltered likes, Tex William's, Victor Herbert, Vickie I'i &c.

    Tom FrazierTom FrazierIl y a 11 mois
  • Hey Wisecrack, r u ok?

    se Leonse LeonIl y a 11 mois
  • I always liked Smash Mouth, I think Astro Lounge is a pretty deep album. I dont get why people love to hate them so much, just like Nickleback.

    GrimsunGrimsunIl y a 11 mois

    smartpro4smartpro4Il y a 11 mois
  • Seriously you could see Smash Mouth as deep in these terms if you look from the point of view of baby's first absurdism. In other words all of the existential topics but brought to scale so a mainstream, or young, audience could get it. Hence why they did songs for family films. Introducing the ideas in broad terms as a first step toward learning of these concepts.

    Riddle ManRiddle ManIl y a 11 mois
  • Smash Mouth? Well that's a name I haven't heard in a long time.

    Riddle ManRiddle ManIl y a 11 mois
  • Why was there only one song from Astro Lounge in this video? I find it hard to believe that you guys listened to their discography to make this. Are there any non ironic Smash Mouth fans left besides me that actually saw Mystery Men in theaters? You know, the movie that All Star was actually from?

    BeVeryOfABeVeryOfAIl y a 11 mois
  • You should have looked at the lyrics to Walking on the Sun which (in my view) mourns the 1960s precisely because it was the last modern for a newly defined morality. Society's fugue from that hopeful period resulted in a kind of nihilism that we're still unable to extricate ourselves from.

    brylcoolbrylcoolIl y a 11 mois