Crash Test Dummies Reuniting for Anniversary of Classic Album “God Shuffled His Feet’
Brad Roberts, the voice of GOD is getting the group back together to celebrate the 25thAnniversary of their most successful album. It featured their worldwide Top 40 hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” which went #14 in their native Canada, #1 in Australia, Belgium, Germany and #4 in the U.S. The album actually had four Top 40 hits in Canada as well as a few more around the world.
“God Shuffled His Feet’ was their second album released on October 26, 1993. The band s first actually sold more in Canada. ‘The Ghosts That Haunt Me” from 1991 was certified 4X Platinum and featured their big Canadian hit “Superman Song” which peaked at #4. “God Shuffled His Feet’ went 3X platinum by-the-way.
With Brad Roberts deep bass-baritone voice the band certainly had a distinctive sound but it was his deep, curious, quirky, eccentric unique look at the human condition that made the band sound like no other.
Roberts told the KindlingGroup YouTube channel in 2011, “I didn’t want to be a songwriter ever since I was a kid. First and foremost I wanted to be a rock and roll guitar player. Then on a lark I went to the university and I did a double major in English and philosophy which I did purely for it’s own sake but again it’s kind of perfect for songwri, ting and I kind of ended up with the calling kind of falling in my lap. I think the calling choses you and you chose it. We have predispositions and if were lucky we get to exercise them. There are people that are extremely good at what they do but they just never get a chance.
The band also a cool cover of “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead.” by Andy Partridge of XTC which was featured in the movie 1994 Jim Carrey. Jeff Daniel movie, “Dumb and Dumber.”
As for the 25thAnniversary of “God Shuffled His Feet’ the group plan to play the album in it’s entirety which is appropriate on a few levels. First it;’s the thing to do it and there isn’t a bad track on this album. In 1993 I was 33 and had just gone through the worse breakup of my life. I knew there was one thing I needed a road trip, not with friends. I had to deal with my dark nights of the soul by myself. I bought a new car and headed for California. I brought half a dozen Yes, Genesis, Toto and Elton John albums with me as well as another Canadian album “Five Days in July” that was released the exact same month as “God Shuffled His Feet.” Those latter two albums albums I played over and over, throughout Washington, Montana, California and Nevada. It was my first road trip by myself – two weeks of Blue Rodeo and the Crash Test Dummies just following my nose with no reservations or schedules.
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Crash Test Dummies Tour Dates
November 23 – St. Paul, MN @ Fitzgerald Theater
November 24 -Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk
November 25 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
November 27 – Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
November 29 – West Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite
November 30 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
December 2 – Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
December 4 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
December 5 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
December 7 – Fall River, MA @ Narrow Center for the Arts
December 8 – New York, NY @ The Concert Hall
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