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Album Review

A new addition to the ever-growing quirk-rock genre, Cake's funky guitar rock recalls the absurdity of Phish's genre-hopping jams (and vocalist John McCrea's nasal levity is a dead ringer for Phish's Trey Anastasio). There are a few entertaining songs on Motorcade of Generosity: "Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle" is a thoroughly laudable send-up of the excesses of rock fans; "Jolene" begins as their most tightly crafted song and then dissolves into a deliciously messy jam session. Quirky music does demand a high standard of consistency because its triviality can easily become tiresome, and Cake's minimalist jams occasionally get repetitive (their spare arrangements use two guitars, bass, drums, and a horn). But there are enough standouts here to easily qualify Motorcade as a keeper.

Customer Reviews

Maybe the Best Alternative Album Ever

This is the first full lengh disc from Cake... Absolutely amazing song-writing with catchy music. I've never heard anything like this record before, and doubt I will again. Album Hi-lights include Jolene - this hypnotic balllad is better live, but still extremely powerful. You Part The Waters - The Chorus hits so hard it hurts. I Bombed Korea - An ironic tune with beautiful imagery wrapped around a horific experience by the narriator.

Let them eat CAKE!

Great album, and extra props to CAKE for being ECO-FRIENDLY! -- The actual copy of this album is "Printed on 100% recycled paper with non-toxic vegetable dyes"

Cake worth having over & over again!

Now that Cake has left the major label miasma, the band has begun reissuing lost nuggets, and this debut disc still seems fresh to me, even 15 years later. Wow time flies, but the quirky cool sounds from Sacramento don't age. The irreverant lyrics and especially that funky drumming from Todd Roper keep it all together. I do detect some sort of remastering effort that carefully clips & compresses, tweaks the treble, boosts the bass and seperates the sonics or something. Perhaps the band felt they needed to professionalize the mix a bit, and bring this recording out of the ol' school analog lo-fi loopiness that I loved the first time around. Maybe I'll have to dig out my cassette , but this will do for now.


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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