Crash Test Dummies Overview

Crash Test Dummies are a Canadian Canada folk rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, best known for their 1993 single "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". Since 2001, the only consistent members of the band have been lead singer Brad Roberts and vocalist Ellen Reid, since the rest of the band members have been busy with other projects and live far from Roberts' home in New York City.

 
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Beginnings

In many ways, the origin of the Crash Test Dummies is tied to the history of two Winnipeg nightspots, the Spectrum Cabaret and the Blue Note Cafe, owned by Curtis Riddell.

In the mid-1980s, Riddell joined with Brad Roberts to form the decidedly less-than-serious bar band 'Bad Brad Roberts and the St. James Rhythm Pigs'. Over time, the band evolved into the 'Crash Test Dummies', a name suggested by a friend of the band who was in medical school. The diagnostic mannequin, known colloquially as a crash test dummy, was known to the public already by this time. Ellen Reid and Benjamin Darvill became permanent additions. George West, the original bass player, quit and was replaced by Dan Roberts, Brad's brother. Riddell was replaced by Vince Lambert, who was fired and replaced by Mitch Dorge just before the release of The Ghosts that Haunt Me.

After signing with BMG Records, the band signed with manager Jeff Rogers (Swell). In addition, the title of the album was renamed from Toys to Ooh La La Ooh La La (Crash Test Dummies album) .

A fourth song in the Cape Breton Lobster Bash series The Cape Breton Lobster Bash Series was released on July 27, 2009.

Ooh La La is currently set for a mid-May 2010 release, followed Roberts, Ellen Reid, and Stuart Cameron going on a tour of major north eastern cities in support.One of the biggest influences for Brad Roberts was the band XTC and Andy Partridge in particular. The band even went on to cover two of XTC's songs: "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" for the soundtrack to the film Dumb and Dumber, and "All You Pretty Girls" for the XTC tribute album A Testimonial Dinner A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC .
Studio albums

*The Ghosts that Haunt Me (1991)
*God Shuffled His Feet (1993) #9 U.S., #2 UK
*A Worm's Life (1996) #78 U.S., #79 UK
*Give Yourself a Hand (1999)
*I Don't Care That You Don't Mind (2001)
*Jingle All The Way Jingle All The Way (album) (2002)
*Puss 'n' Boots Puss 'n' Boots (album) (2003)
*Songs of the Unforgiven (2004)
*Ooh La La Ooh La La (Crash Test Dummies album) (2010)


EPs

*The Cape Breton Lobster Bash Series (2007)


Compilations

*The Best of Crash Test Dummies (2007)


Singles

 

 

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