Great Job, Internet!: 3 maladjusted kids from ’80s movies get their own oddball anthem
Crash Test Dummies’ 1993 hit “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was an anomaly even by the forgiving standards of that musically adventurous era. The verses are about sad misfit kids, two with physical abnormalities (prematurely white hair, prolific birthmarks) and one poor boy whose parents are strict Holy Rollers. Bummer. The chorus has no words at all, just some low humming from deep-voiced lead singer Brad Roberts. If there’s any such thing as a morose novelty song, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was it. But it’s the kind of thing that tends to stick in people’s memories for decades. As evidence, 23 years later, it’s the target of a new song parody by Bonecage of “Olive Garden Butthole” renown.