Crash Test Dummies are best known for their 1993 worldwide hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” yet the Canadian band put out six more albums after that before going on hiatus in 2005. CTD is back this week with Oooh La La (Deep Fried) but in a brand new incarnation. Mainman Brad Roberts (now based in New York City) wrote and recorded the album with producer and engineer Stewart Lerman (Antony And The Johnsons, Marshall Crenshaw, Roches) using ’70s musical toys such as the Optigan for the majority of the LP. (The two were joined on Oooh La La by longtime CTD backing vocalist Ellen Reid.) The result is the happiest-sounding record of Roberts’ two-decade career. Roberts will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Q&A with him.
Roberts: I’m very lucky to have the most awesome wife. She hand-drew the pattern on our T-shirts. Besides having a great hand at drawing, she can also paint and—get this—she’s handy! She tromps around the house with a toolbelt on and builds shelves, rub up floorboards—the whole nine yards. I couldn’t make a birdhouse! I feed her while she does this work. It’s a total role-reversal that I am more than comfy with. It means that I can never screw up the apartment. And it’s a chance to cook! Which I love. So there you have it, folks: a handy wife. Did I mention that she has huge boobs?
Video after the jump.