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Crash Test Dummies

Friday, April 24, 2020
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Show Time : 7:00 PM

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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. And thanks to former Talking Head Jerry Harrison’s radio-friendly production, the follow-up album, God Shuffled His Feet, 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 was released next followed by a three-year hiatus until 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. Having just passed the 25th anniversary of “ MMM MMM MMM MMM,” it is good to see the Crash Test Dummies back in action.

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