Video Hangover: Crash Test Dummies – “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”
Crash Test Dummies, 1993

Allmusic called them the “perfect rock band for affluent ’90s college students and yuppies.” Sounds about right to us.

Rolling Stone still gave it 3 ½ stars
The moral here seems to be: it sucks to get in a car accident, and it sucks even worse to have birthmarks all over your body, but all of that is okay if you have somebody else to laugh at, such as a kid who has strict, religious and/or epileptic parents. Not exactly Hamlet, is it? Then again, Brad Roberts was not exactly Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s Sister, maybe, but definitely not Shakespeare.

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Where does “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” rank on the list of all-time nonsense choruses? It’s not as catchy as “De Do Do Do,” or as hilariously Teutonic as “Da Da Da,” but it’s easier to sing along to than Gibby Hayes, and much less stupid than our old friend “Chacarron.”

Unless she was really laughing at Brad’s black vest
Two sets of parents, two different reactions to the play-within-a-play. The religious fanatics, upon seeing their church lampooned by an elementary-school theater troupe, look on with blank disapproval. Makes sense. But what’s up with the Mom who, after watching a re-enactment of the car accident that was awful enough to turn her son’s hair white, starts laughing her ass off? The same kind of mother who lets her 8-year-old drive, probably.

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