Best Of 2010, Guest Editors: Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts On Kids

As 2010 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

CrashTestlogoCrash 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 all week. Read our new Q&A with him.


Roberts: I’m very fortunate to have a wife who doesn’t want children. I’ve never wanted them, and needing to have kids, for me, is a deal-breaker. It’s just way too much work. Of course for those of you who want kids, go right ahead; after all, I’ll need someone to change my adult diaper! Getting old, man; who wants to get old? Aching bones, stuck in some bed and waiting it out for death. Not for me. Although my grandmother lived to be 93! There are a lot of old bones in my family. Maybe I’ll be around for a while yet. But when the day comes that I’m back in diapers, just shoot me.