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Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

God Shuffled His Feet by Crash Test DummiesAnd now, dear friends, a candidate for worst one-hit wonder ever.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies is a love-it-or-hate-it ditty by beloved Canadian band, Crash Test Dummies (at least they were beloved in Canada for a few years).

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The lyrics focus on kids with abnormalities (white hair, birthmarks and Pentecostal parents). A bold move since the song potentially offends all people with white hair, birthmarks and “lurch and shake” religious leanings.

But for some reason, even though the vocals are awful, the lyrics are bizarre and the song is a complete downer, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” reached #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1994, making Crash Test Dummies a one-hit wonder. But the song did even better outside Canada and the United States where it reached #4 in New Zealand, #2 in England and #1 in Australia.

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People loved the song for a few months. In fact, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmmm” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It lost to “I Swear” by All-4-One.

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Today, people hate the song. In fact, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” has received the following worst song accolades:

  • Number 15 on VH1’s 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever, named by Rolling Stone the
  • Number 15 on Rolling Stone’s Most Annoying Song list
  • Number 31 on Blender’s list of the 50 Worst Songs Ever”

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Is “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” the worst one-hit wonder ever? I don’t think so. But it is a thoroughly depressing song that hasn’t gotten better with age. In fact, to my ears, it sounds more like a novelty song than ever before. Anyone disagree?

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5 Responses to "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies"

  1. Matt Thurston says:

    I disagree. Love the song. Love the Dummies. Their first two albums are full of underrated gems. As for Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, I don’t find it quite as dark and depressing as you do. Sometimes I find a comic irony in the message, especially in the lyrics in the bridge. Other times the lyrics feel Buddhist-y to me, with the band sitting in nonjudgemental witness of the emptiness of form and theory. Of course, sandwiched between “I Swear” or “The Sign” by Ace of Base, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” sounds bizarre and depressing. But on a Dummies album, it’s just another meditative, off-center, semi-comic, ironic folk gem.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Matt, I liked the Dummies record back in the 1990s. But I listened to it again a few weeks ago and it left me flat. It seems that “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” has grown tiresome for a bunch of people. In other words, it hasn’t aged as well as many other hits from the era. It gets much more grief today than it did back then. The Ace of Base reference made me laugh. Now there’s a band that was huge for a short time and then disappeared. Completely.

  3. Everton says:

    I understand why the critics break this song down the way they do.
    I am just not one of them.I really dig this song,always have,always will.
    The Dummies are one of the most underrated bands ever and
    Will remain that way.Just how I like it.They wouldn’t appeal to me if they had the same level of exposure and acclaim as the Biebers and Lil Waynes of the music world.I’m hoping for one last obscure,yet delicious album from the Dummies.To Underrated Canadian Bands!Keep it real dudes!

  4. claudzilla says:

    The thing about this is, I think the Dummies wrote a lot of other songs that were much better. How this one made it to the charts astounds me, though I guess it’s a matter of timing. This was the album that finally got noticed, but Mmmm…was the best they had to offer as a single. What a shame. They were a fun early-indie band, in my estimation, and great driving music. Just not this song.

  5. Satanislau says:

    I really don’t understand why so many people hates this song. Just because it sounds very depressing for you? Since when is this argument to tell if a song is bad or not? So, using this logic, I could say that one song is bad cause it sounds very cheerful for me? Oh, please!

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