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Crash Test Dummies

With their clever lyrics and folk-tinged melodies, the Crash Test Dummies were a perfect rock band for affluent '90s college students and yuppies. Their first album was a multi-platinum hit in their native Canada, but only gained a small cult following in other parts of the world. Thanks to former Talking Head Jerry Harrison's clean, radio-friendly production, the follow-up album, God Shuffled His Feet (1993), broke big in the States and, in turn, Europe. The first single from the record, "MMM MMM MMM MMM," became a worldwide Top Ten hit, making the group a minor sensation with their self-consciously bizarre lyrics and singer/songwriter Brad Roberts' deep baritone. A Worm's Life followed in 1996, and three years later the Crash Test Dummies returned with Give Yourself a Hand, which found Roberts sharing vocal duties with bandmate Ellen Reid.

Frontman Brad Roberts resurfaced in fall 2000 with a solo album, Crash Test Dude, a collection of acoustic hits from the Crash Test Dummies and eclectic covers. It was also during this time that Roberts suffered a serious car crash, almost losing his arm. Seven months later, however, he returned to the Crash Test Dummies circuit to issue I Don't Care That You Don't Mind, a brand-new batch of songs written with lobster fishermen/musicians whom Roberts met during his rehabilitation. Late 2001 and early 2002 saw more solo albums from the band's members (Ellen Reid's Cinderellen and Mitch Dorge's As Trees Walking), and the Dummies gradually became more Brad Roberts' project than a traditional band. A new three-piece unit consisting of Reid, Brad Roberts and original bassist Dan Roberts released the Christmas album Jingle All the Way in late 2002, but limited distribution made the album hard to find. The album was reissued in late 2003 along with a new album, Puss 'n' Boots, with Reid and Dan Roberts adding to what was originally planned as a Brad Roberts solo album. The trio embraced a more stripped-down acoustic sound on their next album, 2004's Songs of the Unforgiven, while 2010's Ooh La La proved to be more symphonic. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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One of my faves, love this album
What a journey your ancient souls took me on. It was like I couldn't walk and then I did. I am convinced that you all came from gods mind.
Saw these guys live in Phoenix around 1992. Very good band live.
beftsgoleft
agree with smug tone of rovu but would call it arrogance unless it's the person writing it-gee how humble if so!
scottethhill
S.T.E@ Rovi….rewrit e ? Please.
cjstauffer4
To whoever wrote the bio - what a smug, condescendin g assessment of this unique band.
Crash Test Dummies prove that life is NEVER to be taken seriously.
mchristin
I can't believe the bio for this band describes their lyrics as clever and smug and a perfect rock band for affluent '90s college students and yuppies. That is way far from the mark. Their lyrics are original, unique, profound and hilarious. No other band comes close to doing what they did.
Mike C.
I find this is one of the best bands to pull me out of a bad mood, and I'd kill to hear Brad Roberts do a hard-rock song with someone.
devsut
I once got to see the crash test dummies perform a free show in New York at the Empire State Museum Little did I know that THis would turn out to be the best concert I have ever been too. Dude Brad Took a Snake from some guy in the audiance and put it around his neck wile he sang a song and he is scared to death of snakes you could tell it was soooo awsome. not only that but it brought together everyone from every where in albany. cant think of another band that can do that
bluejacquet
I absolutely love Crash Test Dummies. Brad's voice is both beautiful and yet haunting at the same time. And the lyrics? They range from the profound (At My Funeral) to the sick/disturb e d (I Love Your Goo) to the fun/upliftin g (God Shuffled His Feet), and to have the ability to describe exactly how I've felt at times (Swimming In Your Ocean). Brad, just publish everything that you've ever done - all those trashed tracks that you feel weren't good enough to put out to the public, give them to us.
Introduced to Crash Test Dummies in the early 90's in high school, I fell in love with a great voice, a relevant message, and something I could still dance to. Their "Superman Song" is my favorite! I've been removed too much in past decade from the music scene and am elated to find a new album! I will enjoy it!
dgenac1
Oooh La La is a return to the CTD I loved the most, from the God Shuffled His Feet and A Worm's Life era. Truly a great album. I did "Mmm mmm mmm mmm" for karaoke one time, and my Brad Roberts impression always gets a laugh. (I usually pick a non-CTD song and do it in the Brad Roberts vocal style.) It is meant as the sincerest form of flattery.
just saw them live last night
wow, never knew they continued after God Shuffled his feet. These guys are great and the lyrics are incredible. These guys need to keep going. Ive got to find the rest of the albums.
maryhigdon
Discovering Crash Test Dummies was a catharsis for the soul scarred by multiple hospital stays, chronic illness and pain, life and death issues. Finding Crash Test Dummies and "God Shuffled His Feet" provided sorely-neede d laughter while recognizing the absurdities of live in a thought-prov o k i n g way.
A great band!! One of the only bands that I like ALL of their music.
Agreed, the blurb here just doesn't do it justice. Cult fans just hooked on to them all over the country (US) and didn't care if it were "in" or not. Yuppies indeed. mmmmmmmmmmmm m m m m
auburn1982
I was a 33 yr old when GSHF came out! Lemme' tell ya, after so many years of listening to classic, alternative, grundge, etc. it's nice to hear "distinctive " songs ... especially from such a talented group of musicians.
bkoyl
Yeah I agree with hanmouse. I was a 12 year old kid when they came out with "God Shuffled His Feet" , my mother was a teacher and divorced.I remember most of my friends liking it. I loved this band at the time and still do. The review should probably be redone.
The so-called "biography" really pisses me off, too. Aren't these things supposed to be at least a little objective? I started liking these guys when I was just a little kid (I was 3 when GtHM came out!), and not an affluent one. I'm in college now and still like them, but seriously, not all college students are yuppies-- furthermore, most of my friends, also college students, think that Roberts' voice is terrifying. (Stupid them.) Someone needs to rewrite the blurb for these guys, and soon.
I love this band. They hold a special place in my consciousnes s and may be the sole reason I visit Winnipeg someday. That, and the fact that one of my favorite comic books from the 80s, "Alpha Flight," was based there. I hope Brad Roberts takes a break from giving lessons to produce another album of eclectic wonders. And I was neither an affluent college student or yuppie in the 90s. Or today, for that matter.
I am a real live doll to. You appriciate the CTD's after long repetitive hospital stays. Getting hit by cars & cancer... Thanks a lot Deberdoo, loved ya too.
CRAhs dumi tes my way tu be got a favor in the springing ite labandana. hahahaHA. Are u tou be noing in the name of J&E C? if hes makein move how good it is too would be have in there wit dem. u no? real time to get collage dip loma linda if so me be can put ears to vibrations of the C T D. gimme a snap!

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