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Album Review

Sounding like a suburban, melodic, white funk-injected version of King Missile's performance art/standup comedy, "The Distance" became a novelty hit in the fall of 1996, sending Cake's second album, Fashion Nugget, to platinum status. Certainly, "The Distance" was the only reason Fashion Nugget went platinum, because the remainder of the album is too collegiate and arcane for mainstream music tastes. It isn't because it's obscure or intellectual — it's because the band is smirking. An "ironic" cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is the key to the album, sending the signal that nothing is too insignificant to make fun of. Their blend of collegiate musical styles — funk, hip-hop, alternative rock — makes the music easy to digest in small doses, such as "The Distance."

Customer Reviews

this has been censored

dont buy this unless you want the censored version. There is no mention of censorship. They srubbed the f*ck out of i will survive and nugget, which makes a mockery of nugget. Get the album because it is brilliant just dont get this version from itunes

Great Stuff!

This isn't my favourite Cake album but it is still brilliant and very interesting. If u want my view of the tracks here u are. 1. Frank Sinatra (8/10): Good song, the first ever Cake song I heard. Excellent use of the trumpet. 2. The Distance (8/10): I normall dislike songs where the singer talks the lyrics but this is an exception. Interesting lyrics as well. 3. Friend Is A Four Letter Word (7/10): I used to really like this one but as I listened to it more it got a little boring after a while. Nevertheless still good. 4. Open Book (4/10): OK I'm not so sure about this one. The riff is extreamly out of tune and in my opinion this song just falls apart. 5. Daria (10/10): Amazing song! My favourite one on the album. I think it's got a great use of instruments. 6. Race Car Ya-Yas (2/10): Erm... I don't really know why they recorded this. The worst song on the album. It's just pathetic. 7. I Will Survive (3/10): This is another dissapointment. I didn't really like the original but I think this version was "overdone". The guitar solo really didn't suit it. 8. Stickshifts and Safetybelts (5/10): I've not really listened to this one much but from what I can remember it wasn't bad but not great. 9. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (7/10): This is an interesting one. I very weird use of instruments indeed. 10. It's Coming Down (7/10): Like Stickshifts and Safetybelts I've not really listened to this one but I remember it being pretty good. 11. Nugget (8/10): The lyrics are pretty great to this song (lots of F words, lol). But it's got great guitar in it. Another good song 12. She'll Come Back To Me (6/10): It was OK. Never really stands out. 13. Italian Leather Sofa (10/10): Awewsome song! Astonishing trumpet solo near the end. 14. Sad Songs and Waltzes (4/10): Extreamly boring.

Foot tapping

Cake are a US garage/rock/funk band in the style of The Fun Lovin Criminals and Beck. This is a superb album with excellent production and sound. Check the bass line on 'I will survive'. The most familiar track is 'The distance', which like 'I will survive' and 'Race car ya-yas' shows this band like to have fun and experiment. Highlights are 'Stickshifts...' and 'Perhaps...', try not to tap along with your foot when listening to them!


Formed: 1992 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best-known for their ubiquitous hit "The Distance," Cake epitomized the postmodern, irony-drenched aesthetic of '90s geek rock. Their sound freely mixed and matched pastiches of widely varying genres -- white-boy funk, hip-hop, country, new wave pop, jazz, college rock, and guitar rock -- with a particular delight in the clashes that resulted. Their songs were filled with lyrical non-sequiturs, pop-culture references, and smirky satire, all delivered with bone-dry detachment by speak/singing frontman...
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