God Shuffled His Feet

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God Shuffled His Feet
Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1993
Recorded1993
StudioDV Productions, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Music Head Recording, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Genre
Length44:45
LanguageEnglish
Label
Producer
Crash Test Dummies chronology
The Ghosts That Haunt Me
(1991)
God Shuffled His Feet
(1993)
A Worm's Life
(1996)
Singles from God Shuffled His Feet
  1. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
    Released: October 1993
  2. "Swimming in Your Ocean"
    Released: January 1994
  3. "Afternoons & Coffeespoons"
    Released: June 1994
  4. "God Shuffled His Feet"
    Released: October 1994

God Shuffled His Feet is the second album by Canadian band the Crash Test Dummies, released in 1993. It features their most popular single, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". The cover art superimposes the band members' faces over the figures of Titian's painting Bacchus and Ariadne. It was their most successful album commercially.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[3]
Robert Christgau(neither)[4]
Drowned in Sound8/10[5]

The album was the band's biggest mainstream hit. AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine attributes the album's success to "Jerry Harrison's remarkably clear and focused production" and that "apart from the relatively concise pop smarts of the singles "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons and Coffeespoons," God Shuffled His Feet isn't all that different from the band's first album."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

God Shuffled His Feet was a number-one album in Austria and New Zealand, and also reached the top five in the national albums charts of numerous countries such as Australia, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, the album reached number six in the Netherlands national albums chart,[6] number two in the UK Albums Chart, and number nine in the United States Billboard 200 albums chart.[7] In their native Canada, it never reached higher than number 11 on the national charts, but fueled by the success of its four singles (all Top 20 hits there) the album eventually reached triple platinum status.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Brad Roberts.

No.TitleLength
1."God Shuffled His Feet"5:10
2."Afternoons & Coffeespoons"3:56
3."Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"3:55
4."In the Days of the Caveman"3:41
5."Swimming in Your Ocean"3:49
6."Here I Stand Before Me"3:07
7."I Think I'll Disappear Now"4:52
8."How Does a Duck Know?"3:42
9."When I Go Out with Artists"3:44
10."The Psychic"3:48
11."Two Knights and Maidens"3:25
12."Untitled"1:43

Personnel[edit]

Crash Test Dummies
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 5
Canadian Albums Chart 11
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 2
US Billboard 200[11] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry LeBlanc (27 February 1999). "Dummies Hand In their Latest Set". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 18–21. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Steve. "Crash Test Dummies: God Shuffled His Feet > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Flaherty, Mike (19 November 1993). "God Shuffled His Feet Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Crash Test Dummies". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Weston, Colin (7 January 2001). "Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 4 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ chart positions - australian-charts.com
  7. ^ chart positions - allmusic.com
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Crash Test Dummies | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Crash Test Dummies Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 February 2021. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type God Shuffled His Feet in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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