Winnipeg-based Crash Test Dummies released their first album, The Ghosts That Haunt Me, in 1991 and eventually sold 400,000 copies in Canada, mostly because of the hit single “Superman’s Song.”
Because of that hit, the band won the 1992 Juno Award for Group of the Year, though they received little recognition past Canadian borders. Their second album, God Shuffled His Feet, would turn that around.
The single “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” seemed to catch everyone’s attention: it reached #4 in the US Hot 100, #2 in the UK, and #1 in Australia. The song even earned a parody by “Weird Al” Yankovic, titled “Headline News,” in 1994.
Strangely, though, the song only reached #14 on home soil. The two songs from the album that hit the top 10 in Canada were “Swimming in Your Ocean” and “Afternoons & Coffeespoons.” By mid-1994, the album had reached one million sales and earned the group three Grammy nominations and an additional three Juno nominations. This album alone has sold over 5.5 million copies.
It’s no wonder, then, that the band is touring for its 25th anniversary.
“After a huge hit in Canada with our folksier debut album, our next effort was dubbed ‘too new a sound’ by our Canadian compatriots,” lead singer Brad Roberts says in a statement. “In America however, it managed to pique the interest of a new and frankly much larger group of listeners and soon ‘Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm’ became a bona fide hit south of our border, and eventually all over the world. It was a wild ride for us that year. Now we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary reuniting with our original line-up and dusting off our old set lists. We’re very excited about it.”
When Crash Test Dummies performs at the Centre In The Square, you’ll get to hear the entire album from front to back, live. Get your tickets now for this once-in-a-lifetime event, which takes place on Tuesday, March 26 @ 8PM.