Walkin' on the Sun

"Walkin' on the Sun" is the debut single by American rock band Smash Mouth, from the album Fush Yu Mang. Released in July 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It was also a big success abroad, peaking at No. 3 in Canada and Iceland, No. 5 in Spain and No. 7 in Australia, where it is certified Platinum for shipments exceeding 70,000.

"Walkin' on the Sun"
Walkin' on the Sun (Europe Single).jpg
European single cover
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Fush Yu Mang
A-side"Walkin' on the Sun"
B-side
  • "Sorry About Your Penis"
  • "Dear Inez"
  • "Push"
ReleasedJuly 18, 1997
Format, 7", CD Single
Recorded1996
Genre
Length3:25
Label
Songwriter(s)Greg Camp
Producer(s)
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"Walkin' on the Sun"
(1997)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1997)
Music video
"Walkin' on the Sun" on YouTube

MusicEdit

It is written with the key signature of A-flat minor (G-sharp minor) and is in A Dorian.[4]

Lyrical themeEdit

Smash Mouth guitarist Greg Camp said about "Walkin' on the Sun":

"It was written during the whole Rodney King thing. The song was basically a social and racial battle cry. It was a sort of "Can't we all get along?" song for the time when I wrote it. It was just about all the things that were going on around me as a young person. And I'm, like, God, what is going on? I don't understand why this is happening. It's like we might as well be walking around a planet on fire. And that's how it came about."[5]

Music videoEdit

The video begins with each band member, one at a time, walking down a dark alley. Then, the band performs in a room while scenes of Harwell pushing a remote control makes two girls appear in a chamber. Afterwards, the band performs on a beach while beachgoers dance around them. The scene then changes to the band performing in front of the two same girls in an area full of flashing bright lights. We then see a drag race in the street where a yellow hot rod races against an orange hot rod where the band is in. However, in the middle of the race, the orange hot rod crashes, and the race attendees and female race judge rush over to the scene. The band still performs while lying on the ground despite the crash. The video ends with them leaning close to the camera.

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Walkin' on the Sun"Greg CampEric Valentine3:25

All tracks are written by Greg Camp.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Walkin' on the Sun"Eric Valentine3:28
2."Sorry About Your Penis"Valentine1:26
3."Dear Inez"Valentine2:53
4."Push"Valentine2:52
5."Walkin' on the Sun" (Love Attack Mix) 5:38
6."Walkin' on the Sun" (Phat 'N' Phunky Sunstroke Club) 6:40
  • European Maxi Single

All tracks are written by Greg Camp and produced by Eric Valentine.

No.TitleLength
1."Walkin' on the Sun"3:25
2."Sorry About Your Penis"1:23
3."Dear Inez"2:50
4."Push"2:49
  • Dave Aude Club Remix Single
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Walkin' on the Sun" (Dave Audé Club Remix)Greg Camp4:29

Charts and certificationsEdit

Use in mediaEdit

The song is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 3.[33] The song was also featured in the television film Shredderman Rules (2007).[34] This song was also featured in the television series ER, during the opening scene of Season 4 Episode 13 "Carter's Choice", when Dr. Carter was arriving at work in the snow.[35] It was featured in the 1997 horror film An American Werewolf in Paris and the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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