Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

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This is a good song 35
This is not a good song 22


Roni Size Queen (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 29 December 2008 10:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like the verses but the chorus is so-so.

I Was a Teenage Armchair Hongro Fan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 29 December 2008 10:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

prefer this from that album (this was the first dance at my friend's wedding last summer. lol kids of the 90s.)

caek, Monday, 29 December 2008 11:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's a good album! Shame this is one of the weaker tracks. I'll say yes, though, coz CTD are underrated.

Even more underrated: follow-up "A Worm's Life", which everyone seemed to hate for no good reason at all. The last four tracks on that thing are actually near-brilliant.

baby got bahn (country matters), Monday, 29 December 2008 11:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inextricably bound up with a dismal day painting my dad's garage. Badly. But still a good song.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 29 December 2008 11:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inextricably bound up with watching MTV Europe and deciding that "now would be a good time to get some beers from the off license before Ray Cokes comes on"

snoball, Monday, 29 December 2008 12:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inextricably bound up with being a good break from 2 Unlimited and much better than "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

Eazy, Monday, 29 December 2008 12:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

What isn't?

And I said what about "Breakfast at Tiffany's?
She said, "I don't think I remember the band,
Oh wait yeah, I recall, I think, we both really hated them."
And I said, "Well, I'm gonna go get some beer..."

snoball, Monday, 29 December 2008 13:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

hay i was just thinking abt this song and how its the worst weird

ice cr?m, Monday, 29 December 2008 13:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inextricably bound up with being the song a certain type of mid-90s teenager used to prove that their balls had dropped.

Matt DC, Monday, 29 December 2008 13:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inextricably bound up with people playing the "What If God Smoked Cannabis?" parody version to show that they are cool.

snoball, Monday, 29 December 2008 14:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ actually I got that wrong, "What If God Smoked Cannabis?" is a parody of "One Of Us" by Joan Osborne, although the lead singer of CTD covered it in 2001.

snoball, Monday, 29 December 2008 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

the verses rule

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 19:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

good bridge! so so verses, blah chorus.

landfill spectre (wanko ergo sum), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

"What If God...Shuffled His Feet"

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Superman's Song" is about as good, maybe better for not having the Jerry Harrison sheen.

Eazy, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" is pretty remarkable for being a top-40 pop song that's entirely in the third person.

Eazy, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

good bridge! so so verses, blah chorus.
― landfill spectre (wanko ergo sum), Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:11 PM (43 minutes ago) Bookmark

I include bridge with the verses, but I thought everybody did. I could be wrong, I never asked.

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got fucking sick of it, and "God Shuffled His Feet" is better. But I still kinda like it.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you are drinking beer at a bar, those old time songs are just as good as the first time - and taking up a music elitist stance at a bar is stupid. I mean, I can jam out to songs that are merely 'meh' on the radio but totally love them at a bar.

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

especially, if I know the lyrics

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you are drinking beer at a bar, those old time songs are just as good as the first time - and taking up a music elitist stance at a bar is stupid. I mean, I can jam out to songs that are merely 'meh' on the radio but totally love them at a bar.

― ❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:05 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I still can't enjoy this song much though b/c I was in lol college (freshman yr 2 B exact) when it came out so I had to hate it out of spite of its popularity with the frat crowd. (I think it's an excuable reaction for a 17 yr old)

Fella Bleck (wanko ergo sum), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

especially, if I know the lyrics

mmm mmm mmm mmm

estela, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's one of those songs that seems unobjectionable, even great in its way, but that I nonetheless loathe. I'm not sure why: it's catchy, distinctive and clever. But I hate hate hate it.

served by boot-face (contenderizer), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

well it's mawkish (except the 'mmm mmm mmm mmm' part)

Fella Bleck (wanko ergo sum), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lyrically? Yeah, but no more so than lots of songs I like. Still, I think you're right. The music is even more maudlin than the lyrics, and the chorus's consolatory hum tips it over the edge, makes me ill.

served by boot-face (contenderizer), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 2 January 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure when the last time was that I actually heard "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" in a non-karaoke, non-Weird Al context. It's one of those hits that, after its time in the spotlight, got declared a kind of un-beloved novelty and promptly disappeared from all radio formats. I don't even recall seeing it that often in "One Hit Wonder Countdown!" type things.

"God Shuffled His Feet" really is okay though, some horrible production choices but a good hook and I think a better use of the guy's voice.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 2 January 2009 00:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Shit, this is too hard to choose.

Girlfriend, you've been scooped like ice cream (mehlt), Friday, 2 January 2009 01:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

I voted that it's a good song.

Good:
- the great bridge!
- maudlin top 40 hit!

Bad:
- forever associated with a key scene in Dumb & Dumber
- the weird mugging at the camera the singer did in the video

i owned the album and seemed to remember liking one other song it quite a bit better than "Mmm mmm mmm mmm", but after downloading the album last year I couldn't figure out which song it was - they all sounded pretty bad to me.

fwiw (rockapads), Friday, 2 January 2009 03:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

My friend idolized this band, I could never understand it.

redmond, Friday, 2 January 2009 03:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Weird Al's Headline news, though was definitely a good song, however.

Girlfriend, you've been scooped like ice cream (mehlt), Friday, 2 January 2009 03:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" is pretty remarkable for being a top-40 pop song that's entirely in the third person.

― Eazy, Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:49 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i dunno if i feel the need to start a list thread to debunk that claim but c'mon that can't be that rare.

some dude, Friday, 2 January 2009 04:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 3 January 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

That makes me oddly happy.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 3 January 2009 08:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

So my coworker proposed that this \/\/\/ is the worst song ever, and we unsuccessfully spent the entire day trying to figure out if there was something worse (I think I voted that mmmm. . . was a good song, by the way)

Really, I think this song might just be that awful.

formerly: mehlt (Edward Saroyan), Friday, 17 April 2009 02:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh man, these guys lost it big after A Worm's Life (which I will vehemently defend)

Young Chizzy (country matters), Friday, 17 April 2009 02:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Living in Canada and being at the age where I listened to the radio/watched music TV when this came out and was well backed by CANCON made this song particularly bad for me, admittedly.

formerly: mehlt (Edward Saroyan), Friday, 17 April 2009 02:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

reminds me of tv on the radio

iatee, Friday, 17 April 2009 02:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Best songs these guys did - I'm thinking "2 Knights And 4 Maidens", "An Old Scab", "My Own Sunrise", "Swatting Flies", "God Shuffled His Feet", "I Think I'll Disappear Now", "A Worm's Life", "How Does A Duck Know" (that's a controversial one but I <3 it) etc - are genuinely very, very good imo and there isn't MUCH filler on those two main albums

Young Chizzy (country matters), Friday, 17 April 2009 02:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Still the only hit song I know of with a title that can be pronounced with mouth closed.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 17 April 2009 02:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

weedie 28/06/2006 01:25:45
I think the girl doesn´t have birthmarks, she has burnmarks...and the child with white hair is about 60 years old when he returns to school because he was in hospital...or something elsee

I love the comments on lyrics sites.

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 17 April 2009 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

mrs_orlando_bloom 16/06/2004 00:37:01
Ya if you've ever seen the movie Stephen King's It and you remember Henry Bowers he was so scared his hair turned white, in the sewer when It takes that one kid and Henry sees the Death lights...
What is UP with the last stanza though? They shook and lurched all over the church floor? Is this band trying to confuse the hell out of the listeners?
Oh and by the way I just have to say SING PROPERLY!!! grrrrrrr its soooooooooo annoying! And this song is about some kids whose lives basically suck and the solution is MM MM MM MM. It was really poor planning on the part of the crash test dummies because if they're at a concert its really hard for fans to yell WE WANNA HEAR MM MM MM MM!

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 17 April 2009 04:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

new screen name "the solution is MM MM MM MM"

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 17 April 2009 04:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

the solution is nom nom nom nom

Doctor Casino, Friday, 17 April 2009 12:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol @ mrs_orlando_bloom

call all destroyer, Friday, 17 April 2009 13:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 20 January 2010 02:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

And when they finally made her . . . They saw . . . birthmarks all over her bo-d-iee.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 20 January 2010 02:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" is pretty remarkable for being a top-40 pop song that's entirely in the third person.

― Eazy, Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:49 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i came here just to post this!

JUST KIDDING. what's remarkable is that poll result.

andrew m., Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

once there was this kid who
had something really weird wrong with hi-um

andrew m., Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

It was really poor planning on the part of the crash test dummies because if they're at a concert its really hard for fans to yell WE WANNA HEAR MM MM MM MM!

mrs_orlando_bloom droppin a truth bomb. How did this work? It hurts my teeth even to hum along to the song itself.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 05:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

The wordless bridge/coda is stuck in my head today. Kinda good, kinda bad.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 1 March 2013 18:33 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

love this version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1IhhdsKXAQ

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:28 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

First time I heard it, I thought it was Iggy Pop

Mark G, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 17:57 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

andrew m., Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:36 (two months ago) Permalink

That version's halfway to Giant Sand.

(Record produced by Jerry Harrison btw)

Eazy, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink


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