Canadian folk rockers Crash Test Dummies set themselves apart from the alt-rock pack in the early 90s by virtue of their quirky, vivid lyrics and Brad Roberts’ unique, crater-deep voice. Their first album, 1991’s The Ghosts That Haunt Me, was a success both at home and in the USA, bolstered by the characteristically offbeat single Superman’s Song. The follow-up, God Shuffled His Feet, produced by former Talking Head Jerry Harrison, did even better. It expanded the group’s audience to the UK, with help from another idiosyncratic single, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, with its inimitable ‘humming’ hook. Following the release of a solo acoustic collection and a near-fatal car accident in 2000, Roberts assembled a new band line-up that resulted in the successful I Don’t Care That You Don’t Mind album. Subsequently, the band’s commercial fortunes took a sharp drop, but despite various solo projects, they never called it a day; Brad Roberts and Ellen Reid being the mainstay of the band.
Influenced By: Tom Waits, XTC, Bob Dylan...