CAKE (yes, capitalized
) is an American alt-rock band from Sacramento, California. They currently consist of John McCrea on vocals, Vince DiFiore on trumpet, Xan McCurdy
on guitar, Gabe Nelson on bass, and Paulo Baldi on drums.
They are well-known for their heavily distinctive style, caused primarily by John McCrea's amazing vocal style and their use of brass. Also, their every single song is about 1) a Girl, 2) a Car, 3) the Devil, or more likely 4) two or more of those subjects at the same time (e.g. "Satan is My Motor" which is about all three).
They have a famously large geekdom fanbase, and their hit "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was the appropriately chosen theme song to cult TV show Chuck
, which is where a lot of their more recent fans will have become familiar with them. Their other first hit, "The Distance", boosted the sales for their album Fashion Nugget
.Their discography consists of the following:
- Motorcade of Generosity (1994)
- Fashion Nugget (1996)
- Prolonging The Magic (1998)
- Comfort Eagle (2001)
- Pressure Chief (2004)
- B-Sides And Rarities (A compilation of covers and live versions of existing songs) (2007)
- Showroom of Compassion (2011)
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