Magazine article Anglican Journal

(Crash Test) Dummies Say in Their Lyrics There Is a God

Magazine article Anglican Journal

(Crash Test) Dummies Say in Their Lyrics There Is a God

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THROUGHOUT THE 1990s, Canada's Crash Test Dummies have honed for themselves an odd, unique niche. Unlike any other rock lyricist, Brad Roberts ruminates upon the mundane matters of life with a wry, oft-jaundiced eye.

These crisp snapshots of the ordinary are made all the more extraordinary with the band's curious melodies, key signatures and tangents. Roberts's resonant croak of a baritone voice is the icing on the unique cake.

The 1991 album The Ghosts That Haunt Me, with its nowclassic hit Superman Song, introduced this band to the marketplace. Success stateside and beyond followed with the 1994 Grammy nominated album God Shuffled His Feet, buoyed by the single Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, it sold over 5 million copies.

A Worm's Life is their most offbeat album yet. As was the case on God Shuffled His Feet, there are plenty of references to God in Roberts's never-ending search for imagery and metaphor.

This album's vignettes have their share of odd characters. Overachievers paints a picture of three all-too-uptight Type-A brains who get caught up in a form of cosmic justice and realize that they must learn to "take it easy." One of these is a woman who "prayed that her suitors be repelled so she might serve God, be His only"; to her shock, God serves her up a full beard to answer her prayer most effectively!

The title track chronicles a worm who gazes upon life from within the salad and guacamole of his patrons before ending up in a bottle of tequila, while I'm A Dog sees the canine story-teller looking down his nose at his dimwitted fellow creatures. …

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