Crash Test Dummies discography

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Crash Test Dummies discography
Releases
Studio albums 8
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 2
EPs 1
Singles 23
Video albums 2
Pre-label releases 2
Themed albums 1

The discography of Canadian folk rock/alternative rock band Crash Test Dummies consists of eight primary studio albums, 23 singles, one live album, a greatest hits compilation, and two video releases. This list does not include material recorded by band members individually or with other side projects.

Crash Test Dummies is most identifiable through Brad Roberts' distinctive bass-baritone voice, and the backing/occasional lead vocals of Ellen Reid. During its heyday, the band consisted of Roberts, Ellen Reid (co-vocals, keyboards), Brad's brother Dan Roberts (bass guitar), Benjamin Darvill (harmonica, mandolin), and Mitch Dorge (drums, percussion). Today, only Brad Roberts and Ellen Reid have appeared on every album, while Dan Roberts still occasionally tours with the band. Mitch Dorge has been busy working with Tuesday's Girl and Charlie Redstar, along with his own projects, since 2002, but is rumoured to reunite with the band in the fall of 2010 for a show in Winnipeg.[1] Benjamin Darvill has been busy with his solo project Son of Dave since 2000 and is unlikely to play with the band again, since he now lives in London.[2]

Albums[edit]

Pre-label releases[edit]

The band released two demo tapes. Both feature songs that would eventually appear on their debut album, as well as two songs that were never featured on future releases.

Year Album Chart Positions Certifications Notes
CAN CAN
1988 Original Recipe Demo tape — The band's original 5-song demo.
1989 Demo Tape 2 Two song demo. Extremely hard to find.

Studio albums[edit]

The band's first four albums were released by BMG, while subsequent albums were released on Brad Roberts own label Cha-Ching/Deep Fried Records.

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN AUS
[3]
NZ
[4]
US
[5]
UK
[6]
1991 The Ghosts That Haunt Me
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: BMG/Arista
  • Format: CD, Cassette, LP (Germany only)
2 [7]
1993 God Shuffled His Feet
  • Released: October 26, 1993
  • Label: BMG/Arista
  • Format: CD, Cassette, LP (Brazil and Greece only)
17 [9] 5 1 9 2
1996 A Worm's Life
  • Released: October, 1996
  • Label: BMG/Arista
  • Format: CD, Cassette
20 [12] 61 30 78
  • CAN: Platinum[8]
1999 Give Yourself a Hand 14 [13]
2001 I Don't Care That You Don't Mind
  • Released: April 3, 2001
  • Label: Cha-Ching Records
  • Format: CD
2003 Puss 'n' Boots
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Cha-Ching Records
  • Format: CD
2004 Songs of the Unforgiven
  • Released: October 12, 2004
  • Label: Deep Fried Records
  • Format: CD
2010 Oooh La La!
  • Released: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Deep Fried Records
  • Format: CD, Download

Themed/topical albums[edit]

The band released a single Christmas album during the fall of 2002.

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN US UK
2002 Jingle All the Way
  • Released: October 8, 2002
  • Label: Cha-Ching Records
  • Format: CD

EPs[edit]

Crash Test Dummies have released a collection of songs for purchase via their online store about Brad Roberts' experiences within Cape Breton.

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN US
2007 The Cape Breton Lobster Bash Series
  • Released: Ongoing
  • Label: Deep Fried Records
  • Format: Download

Compilation albums[edit]

Crash Test Dummies released a greatest hits compilation in 2007, followed by a compilation of unreleased demos in 2011.

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN US
2007 The Best of Crash Test Dummies
  • Released: October 1, 2007
  • Label: Sony BMG/Arista
  • Format: CD, Download
2011 Demo-litions
  • Released: April 19, 2011
  • Label: Deep Fried Records
  • Format: Limited Edition CD, Download

Live albums[edit]

In 2001 Brad Roberts released a live album, which consists of Crash Test Dummies songs, along with various covers.

Year Album Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
2001 Crash Test Dude (Brad Roberts solo)
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Cha-Ching Records
  • Format: CD

Singles[edit]

Date Song Peak Chart Position Album
CAN AUS NZ UK[14] US
1991 March "Superman's Song" 4 - - - 56 The Ghosts That Haunt Me
August "The Ghosts That Haunt Me" 24 - - - -
December "Androgynous" 73 - - - -
1992 December "The First Noel" / "Winter Song" - - - - - A Lump of Coal / The Ghosts That Haunt Me
1993 October "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" 14 1 4 2 4 God Shuffled His Feet
1994 January "Swimming in Your Ocean" 6 - - - -
June "Afternoons & Coffeespoons" 7 40 41 23 66
October "God Shuffled His Feet" 14 - - - -
1995 January "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" 4 - - 30 - Dumb and Dumber Soundtrack
1996 September "He Liked to Feel It" 2 - - - - A Worm's Life
1997 January "My Own Sunrise" 33 - - - -
1997 June "My Enemies" 71 - - - -
1999 January "Keep a Lid on Things" 5 - - - - Give Yourself a Hand
June "Get You in the Morning" 45 - - - -
"Give Yourself a Hand" - - - - -
2001 March "Every Morning" - - - - - I Don't Care That You Don't Mind
"On and On" - - - - -
July "The Day We Never Met" - - - - -
2002 October "White Christmas" - - - - - Jingle All the Way
2003 October "I'm the Man" / "Flying Feeling" - - - - - Puss 'n' Boots
"Flying Feeling" - - - - -
2004 October "The Unforgiven Ones" - - - - - Songs of the Unforgiven
"And So Will Always Be" - - - - -
2010 April "And It's Beautiful" - - - - - Oooh La La!
September "Now You See Her" - - - - -
"" indicates the single didn't chart or wasn't released in given country.
"" indicates the single was a promotional-only release.

Other songs[edit]

Songs recorded for non-album use[edit]

  • "The First Noel" on A Lump of Coal and the B Side to Androgynous CD single.
  • "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (XTC cover) on Dumb and Dumber soundtrack (1995) and released as a single.
  • "All You Pretty Girls" (XTC cover) on A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC and released as the B Side to My Own Sunrise.
  • "One Of Us" Leaked acoustic demo recorded in 1994. Originally written with Brad Roberts in mind, but he ultimately did not record a full version of it.
  • "Handy Candyman" on Keep A Lid On Things single (1999) and Give Yourself A Hand (Japanese CD).
  • "Filter Queen" on Keep A Lid On Things single (1999)
  • "Party's Over" on Get You In The Morning single (1999)

DVD/Video releases[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "Superman's Song" Dale Heslip
1993 "Swimming in Your Ocean"
"Mmmm Mmmm Mmm Mmmm"
1996 "He Liked To Feel It" Ken Fox
1997 "My Own Sunrise" Stephen Scott

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A With Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts". Magnet (magazine). 2010-05-50. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Voice from city's past revives Dummies with new CD". Winnipeg Free Press. 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Crash Test Dummies". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - Crash Test Dummies". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Crash Test Dummies". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - Crash Test Dummies". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  7. ^ "RPM Chart Aug 31/91". Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  8. ^ a b c "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2011-10-09. Note: User needs to enter "Crash Test Dummies" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  9. ^ "RPM Chart Aug 08/94". Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2011-10-09. Note: User needs to enter "Crash Test Dummies" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  11. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-10-09.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Crash Test Dummies".
  12. ^ "RPM Chart Oct 21/96". Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  13. ^ "RPM Chart Apr 12/99". Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 125. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.