Some observations about one of my favorite Crash Test Dummies performances…
#1 My deepest gratitude to the person who posted this performance! I just wish the whole thing had been televised!
#2 Hearing CTD play live always makes me like the songs that much more. I mean, in my opinion, this performance of these three songs is better than the album versions!
#3 Ben’s mic doesn’t work for almost 5 whole minutes into the performance! Poor guy is just blowing away into that harmonica, and you can’t hear it!
#4 Brad’s pants… Need I say more?
#5 Ellen is always so happy!
#6 I love all the hair in this video!
#7 Young Brad is so vibrant and happy. I mean, he really looks like he is thoroughly enjoying himself. I know he is older now, and it’s to be expected that the stage presence and energy may have changed a bit, but this was a completely, different vibe.
#8 and that vibe is the hippie festival that I’ll never get to experience 😭
#9 Ben is adorable. I just love watching him play. I’m pretty sure he thought he was going to hit Brad in the face at one point, because he looked behind him (12:15).
#10 Brad is so unbothered by any of it. I love seeing this side of him!
#11 Brad is just gorgeous. Take off those sunglasses so we can see your beautiful face, baby!
#12 Honorable mentions of Dan and the drummer (I don’t think Mitch had joined yet). They are awesome and deserve recognition.
#13 I like this version of “Here On Earth” better. (I know I already said that), but the album version does not have the same music. On the album, they play and abruptly stop after each beat of the bridge, and once you have heard this live performance, it just leaves you wanting more. I think they should re-record it. Ha!
#14 At the end, when the dumb hosts won’t shut up, Brad says something like “perhaps you’ve figured out by now…. that I sound like a …. with a hangover” then he goes into “The Country Life” . I really have tried hard to hear what he’s saying and it’s frustrating that I can’t hear. Grandpappy? Bullfrog? Ha! Who knows?!