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Cage The Elephant is an American AlternativeRock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Since their founding in 2006 (as an offshoot of Perfect Confusion, a band in which many of the members previously played), Cage The Elephant has gained popularity in the US and UK indie scenes for their energetic sound and live performances. Their sound is a blend of PunkRock and BluesRock and they are often classified as part of the 2000s garage rock revival. The band came to prominence with their hit single "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" (used as the title music in VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}), and have followed up with several more.

!Current Line-up:

* Matt Schultz- vocals
* Brad Schultz- guitar
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jared Champion]]- drums
* Daniel Tichenor- bass
* Nick Bockrath- lead guitar(2017-present)
* Matthan Minster- keyboards(2017-present)

!Former Members:
* Lincoln Parish- lead guitar(2006-2013)


* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Cage The Elephant]]'' (2008)
* ''Thank You, Happy Birthday'' (2011)
* ''Melophobia'' (2013)
* ''Tell Me I'm Pretty'' (2015)
* ''Unpeeled'' (acoustic versions album, 2017)

!This band provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnimatedMusicVideo - The video for 'Aberdeen' is animated with beautiful StopMotion.
* AntiLoveSong - "Around My Head". Well, sort of.
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** "In One Ear" and "Free Love" both have Matt screaming his head off before the final chorus.
** "Sabretooth Tiger" has Matt doing this ''for the entire chorus''.
** One might have figured Matt had multiple pairs of legs on "Japanese Buffalo".
* CoverVersion: On [=EPs=] and in live versions, they've covered "False Skorpion" (Music/{{Pavement}}), "Kids" (Music/{{MGMT}}), "Monkey Disease" (Music/{{Iodine}}), "Psycho Killer" (Music/TalkingHeads), and "All Apologies" (Music/{{Nirvana}}).
* CynicismCatalyst: "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" has an example, with the protagonist coming home after being approached by a prostitute, and shortly afterwards robbed. He turns on the TV, and what should he see but a priest getting arrested for stealing from the church, making him realize that [[WaxingLyrical we're all the same -- oh yes, we all seek out to satisfy those thrills.]]
* DyingDream: The music video for "Shake Me Down".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One radio edit of "In One Ear" changes the line "The crowd will only like me if they're really fuckin' drunk" to "the crowd will only like me if they're all smacked up". Thus, the band got rid of a curse word, but also exchanged one drug (alcohol) for another, less socially acceptable one (heroin).
* HotBlooded
* LighterAndSofter: "Melophobia" may not seem like a totally light album, but that's before you listen to "Thank You Happy Birthday".
* NewSoundAlbum: All of them, really. To wit:
** ''Thank You, Happy Birthday'' is rawer and more abrasive than their debut. It is often compared to the Music/ThePixies.
** ''Melophobia'' goes headlong into an indie sound largely inspired, according to Matt, by Music/DavidBowie and {{EDM}}.
** ''Tell Me I'm Pretty'' takes a dive headfirst into a gritty '60s garage rock and rock-and-roll-inspired sound, though this shouldn't be surprising considering it was produced by [[Music/TheBlackKeys Dan Auerbach]].
* OfCorpseHesAlive - The video for "Around My Head". It's an odd SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.
* PrecisionFStrike - At the end of the "Around My Head" video and the aforementioned "In One Ear".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Back Stabbin' Betty" centers on a woman who [[KickTheDog constantly hammers her man with undeserved examples]]:
-->You're a no, good, lazy motherfucker\\
Got a, shit job you worthless motherfucker\\
You're a, a dead beat, [[YourMom feel sorry for your mother]]\\
If I had time, I'd trade you for another
** Which leads her man to [[GrewASpine finally get fed up with her]] and [[TheDogBitesBack give her one right back]]:
-->You're a two, faced ruthless instigator\\
You're a low down, triflin' masquerader\\
You're a cold bitch, controlling conversator\\
This is too much, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I'm out I'll see ya later]]
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: Once the main part of "Japanese Buffalo" kicks in, it's very hard to make out anything but the "HA HA HA AND OH HO HO" near the middle of the verse until the pause. One might think Matt is having an attack while he's singing. Even the liner notes [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this by having halt the song's official lyrics be a long string of question marks.
* StalkerWithACrush: "It's Just Forever". Even in death, you say?
* SurprisinglyGentleSong - "Shiver", the acoustic version of "Right Before My Eyes". "Flow" and "Rubber Ball" also count.
** "Flow" counts doubly as it also has a surprisingly gentle and very minimalistic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrma0VhcSEc music video]].
* TakeThat - "Indy Kidz" is a jab at {{Hipster}}s.
* TakeThatCritics - "In One Ear." Well, more of a "Screw You" than a "Take That," but still a bit of a Take That.
--> ''People talkin' shit / They can kiss the back of my hand!''
* WordSaladLyrics: Played for laughs with "Japanese Buffalo" where the lyrics are purposely slurred.