Music > Artists > Rock
Formed:
1992 in Sacramento, CA

Genre:
Rock

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






Cake

Biography

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 John McCrea. Cake's music most frequently earned comparisons to Soul Coughing and King Missile, but lacked the downtown New York artiness of those two predecessors; instead, Cake cultivated an image of average guys with no illusions and pretensions about their role as entertainers. At the same time, critics lambasted what they saw as a smugly superior attitude behind the band's habitual sarcasm. Perhaps there was something in Cake's doggedly spare, low-key presentation that amplified their ironic detachment even when they didn't intend it, but most reviewers pegged them as one-hit wonders after the success of "The Distance." Nonetheless, Cake managed a few more alternative radio hits in the years that followed, while largely retaining the same approach.

Top Albums

B-Sides and Rarities, Cake
1. B-Sides and ..
Comfort Eagle, Cake
2. Comfort Eagl..
Fashion Nugget (Deluxe Version), Cake
3. Fashion Nugg..
Cake: B-Sides and Rarities, Cake
4. Cake: B-Side..
Showroom of Compassion, Cake
5. Showroom of ..
Prolonging the Magic (Deluxe Version), Cake
6. Prolonging t..
Motorcade of Generosity, Cake
7. Motorcade of..
Pressure Chief, Cake
8. Pressure Chi..
Fashion Nugget, Cake
9. Fashion Nugg..
Fashion Nugget, Cake
10. Fashion Nugg..
Prolonging the Magic, Cake
11. Prolonging t..
Prolonging the Magic, Cake
12. Prolonging t..
Showroom of Compassion (Deluxe Edition), Cake
13. Showroom of ..
Showroom of Compassion - Video EP, Cake
14. Showroom of ..
Sick of You - Single, Cake
15. Sick of You ..
No Phone - EP, Cake
16. No Phone - E..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
DistanceFashion Nugget (Deluxe Vers..3:00$1.29
2.
Short Skirt/Long JacketComfort Eagle3:24$1.29
3.
Never ThereProlonging the Magic (Delux..2:44$1.29
4.
I Will SurviveFashion Nugget (Deluxe Vers..5:10$1.29
5.
Love You MadlyComfort Eagle3:57$1.29
6.
War PigsCake: B-Sides and Rarities3:54$1.29
7.
Rock 'n' Roll LifestyleMotorcade of Generosity4:14$1.29
8.
Long TimeShowroom of Compassion4:35$1.29
9.
Frank SinatraFashion Nugget (Deluxe Vers..4:01$0.99
10.
Mahna, MahnaCake: B-Sides and Rarities2:54$1.29
11.
Stickshifts and SafetybeltsFashion Nugget (Deluxe Vers..2:09$0.99
12.
Comfort EagleComfort Eagle3:40$0.99
13.
Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsFashion Nugget (Deluxe Vers..2:24$0.99
14.
Let Me GoProlonging the Magic (Delux..3:29$0.99
15.
Short Skirt, Long JacketCake: B-Sides and Rarities3:16$1.29
16.
Strangers In the NightCake: B-Sides and Rarities2:51$1.29
17.
Never ThereProlonging the Magic2:44$1.29
18.
DistanceFashion Nugget2:59$1.29
19.
WheelsPressure Chief3:18$0.99
20.
Mustache Man (Wasted)Showroom of Compassion4:04$1.29
21.
DistanceFashion Nugget2:59$1.29
22.
Hem of Your GarmentProlonging the Magic (Delux..3:35$0.99
23.
Sheep Go to HeavenProlonging the Magic (Delux..3:48$0.99
24.
Shadow StabbingComfort Eagle3:07$0.99
25.
Short Skirt, Long JacketB-Sides and Rarities3:16$0.99

Top Music Videos

The Distance, Cake
1. The Distance
Never There, Cake
2. Never There
Short Skirt / Long Jacket, Cake
3. Short Skirt / ..
Long Time, Cake
4. Long Time
Sick of You, Cake
5. Sick of You
Sick of You, Cake
6. Sick of You
Mustache Man (Wasted), Cake
7. Mustache Man (..
Sick of You, Cake
8. Sick of You
Long Time, Cake
9. Long Time
Mustache Man (Wasted), Cake
10. Mustache Man (..
The Winter, Cake
11. The Winter
Federal Funding, Cake
12. Federal Fundin..
Mustache Man (Wasted), Cake
13. Mustache Man (..
Long Time, Cake
14. Long Time
The Winter, Cake
15. The Winter
The Winter, Cake
16. The Winter
Federal Funding, Cake
17. Federal Fundin..
Federal Funding, Cake
18. Federal Fundin..


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