Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Crash Test Dummies At Majestic Theatre 5.21.10

Crash Test Dummies

photo by Alan Gastelum

As promised, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Crash Test Dummies’ Friday night show at The Majestic.  A lot has happened to the ‘Dummies since the looooow, low notes of their hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” took over radio waves in the ’90s.  Read on to find out what they’ve been up to since, and enter to win those tickets!

Friday, May 21, 2010


The Majestic – 7pm (Doors @ 6pm, Seated Show)

TICKETS: $20 – $35 adv and dos – General Admission – All Ages

Best known for 1993’s platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated God Shuffled His Feet and the ubiquitous hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” frontman and driving creative force Brad Roberts teams up with co-writer and producer Stewart Lerman (Antony & the Johnsons, The Roches) to write and record 11 tracks conceptualized using `70s-era analog musical toys.

The seeds for Oooh La La were first planted when Roberts and Lerman became infatuated with vintage analog musical toys, particularly one manufactured by the Mattel company called the Optigan (an acronym for “optical organ”). Using celluloid discs, the Optigan projects the sounds of other instruments with different sets of keys triggering chords and individual notes. The discs, with names like “Nashville,” “Swing It!” and “Guitar Boogie,” rotate to produce different arrays of sounds. The process is eerily similar to the digital sampling that is so common today, but the antiquated analog system produces quite a different effect.

“Because we wrote using these discs, we were inspired to do things that we wouldn’t have done,” Roberts points out. “I don’t write big band style, but all of a sudden I had this big band [on disc], so I’m writing in a genre that I normally wouldn’t be writing in. I can’t say enough about how great it is to write on these toys.”

In addition to ending a six-year hiatus from recording, the band is currently planning their first tour since 2004 in support of the new album. Rather than try to recreate music that was written with some rather cranky toy instruments never meant for the rigors of a tour, the Crash Test Dummies will perform as a stripped-down acoustic three piece band.

The Crash Test Dummies first rose to prominence while based in their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1991 with their Juno Award-winning debut album, The Ghosts that Haunt Me, featuring their first hit single “Superman’s Song.” Their 1993 breakout record God Shuffled His Feet has sold over five and a half million copies worldwide and the single “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Oooh La La is the band’s ninth record, following 2004’s Songs of the Unforgiven.

Crash Test Dummies Ooh La La



Since classic toys were such a major part of the ‘Dummies’ latest album, we want to hear what some of your favorite playthings were when you were growing up.  Post your responses in the comment section below.  We’ll choose and notify a winner on Thursday, May 20th.  Good luck!


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5 Responses

  1. my first bananna seat bike…i must have rode it a bazzilon miles! and i hit more than one tree on the way 😉

  2. Beautiful Chrissy! You turned a knob on her back and it made her hair grow. Then you could retract it back into her head for a short ‘do. My mom wouldn’t let me grow my hair long, so that doll was the only way that I could have a pony tail….

  3. Here’s a video from the studio showing Brad & Stewart using their “toys” to create this album.

  4. Tonka trucks. My brothers had a bunch of them, with their sharp metal corners and moving pieces. I remember all the scrapes and pinches. But, for some reason, we all loved playing with them. Go figure! 🙂

  5. The contest is now closed. (Congrats Rachel!) Thanks to everyone who participated. Keep your eyes peeled for the next round of giveaways on Monday.

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