From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: The Chi Machine

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 just bought this thing called a Chi Machine. You lie down and put your feet on it. When you turn it on, it gently vibrates your body, as it gets your whole spine into a nice rhythm. When it stops, you feel amazing. Great for bad backs. My back gets very sore from playing guitar, so it was brilliant to come home to. My back cracked loudly and beautifully, and all of my pinched nerves were released. It’s like doing exercise without exerting yourself. It not only helps your back, it also massages your organs, oxygenates your blood, loosens phlegm: a must-have for everyone who has a long day. And who doesn’t have a long day?

Video after the jump.

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