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Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Date: Sep 05 2004


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Have you and a friend ever talked about a band and neither of you could remember the name of one of their songs? You really want to remember, but in the end, you have to sing a few lines of their hottest hit? That’s what happens in the next dialog. Check out Steph’s lovely cover of a Crash Test Dummies song.


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John:  You ever heard of the Crash Test Dummies?

Steph:  Yeah. Those are the guys, they’re kind of, uh, they’re dorky guys. Kinda from the nineties.

John:  Yeah. Do you have their CD?

Steph:  Of course!

John:  How many CDs do they have?

Steph:  Well, I think, I know for sure one, unless they’re one of those one-hit wonder bands. I, actually, they had two hits. So, they coulda been a two-hit wonder band.

John:  What’s the name of their hottest hit?

Steph:  Oh my gosh. It was so long ago! I can’t even remember the name of it.

John:  I can’t. Do you remember how it goes?

Steph:  It was somethin’ about, ya know, “once there was this girl who.”

John:  Oh yeah. Yeah, I remember that. That was good.

Steph:  Yeah. It was a funny song. But I mean, when you write funny songs, it only gets you so far. Ya know? Your audience is like, oh great, another funny song.

John:  So, maybe they’re coming out with another CD soon?

Steph:  Hopefully. And hopefully it’s a little bit more serious.

John:  I’d enjoy that.



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I can’t believe how dorky Steph is. She totally bashes the band and calls THEM dorky and then sings one of their songs. I mean, what is up with that? Does she like them or not? I guess, sometimes, you don’t know whether it’s OK to like a song that’s kind of older. Maybe she wanted to test the water and check out how John felt about the band. Who knows. I am going to go listen to the Crash Test Dummies’ CD now. See ya!


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