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Cake (band)

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Cake (often spelled CAKE, with all capital letters) is a band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1991. They have had several hits throughout the 1990s and 2000s from their five recorded albums.

Although their music is often classifed as alternative rock, Cake commonly combines multiple musical genres, such as funk, pop, jazz, rap, and country. Cake's music features droll lyrics rife with word play (laconically-voiced in a rap-like style by lead vocalist/guitarist John McCrea), catchy distorted guitar riffs (courtesy, until 1998, of guitarist Greg Brown and, until 1997, bass player Victor Damiani), and a solo trumpet (played by Vince DiFiore). Their musical style is quite unique, and has been compared to They Might Be Giants and the Talking Heads. Damiani left the band in 1997, replaced by Gabe Nelson. Greg Brown left in 1998, replaced by Xan McCurdy. Todd Roper left the band after recording Comfort Eagle.

Their biggest hits have included "The Distance", "Never There", "Sheep Go to Heaven", and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", and an alternative retake of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

Additionally, Cake headlined the Unlimited Sunshine Tour festival in the summer of 2002 among an eyebrow-raising eclectic mix of bands including indie rock superstars Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Latin techno fusion band Kinky and bluegrass group The Hackensaw Boys.

Cake's fifth album, Pressure Chief, was released on October 5, 2004.

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Current lineup

  • John McCrea - vocals, acoustic guitar, organ, vibraslap
  • Vince DiFiore - trumpet, percussion
  • Xan McCurdy - electric guitar (joined after Prolonging the Magic)
    • originally Greg Brown (left before Prolonging the Magic, replaced by McCurdy)
  • Gabe Nelson - bass guitar (left after Motorcade of Generosity, replaced by Damiani; rejoined before Prolonging the Magic)
    • formerly Victor Damiani (left before Prolonging the Magic, replaced by Nelson)
    • originally Sean McFessel (left before Motorcade of Generosity, replaced by Nelson)
  • Pete McNeil - drums, percussion (on tour, not official member of band)
    • formerly Todd Roper (left after Comfort Eagle)
    • originally Frank French (left after Motorcade of Generosity, replaced by Roper)

Discography

Year Title Label
1994 Motorcade of Generosity Capricorn
1996 Fashion Nugget Capricorn
1998 Prolonging the Magic Capricorn
2001 Comfort Eagle Columbia
2004 Pressure Chief Columbia

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