So a few friends and I made a group playlist on Spotify. Recently, the theme has led us to search for a song from the year we were born.
No, I’m not going to give that nugget of info, but one of our band members chose a song by Cake. It’s a band that I really love, but I listen to so much music that they come out of my song rotation, and I’m always very happy when they fall back into it!
Their first album, Procession of generosity struck in 1994.
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Lots of great guitar and trumpet hits – yeah, I said trumpet. I know, law? If someone had told me how deep I would trumpet rock music, I would have made a face like the one some of you nice readers are probably making right now.
But here it is: their music, while ârockâ, also has notes (Ha! See what I did there?) Of hip-hop, funk, country, mariachi and more. And the clever words, delivered with so much sarcasm, are a delight. A couple of my favorites Procession of cars the tracks are “Is This Love” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle”.
The year 1996 gave us Fashion nugget. Same great sounds, and just as good, if not even better melodies.
I mean I’m gonna listen all Cake album throughout without skipping a track. It is rather rare for me. “The Distance”, a unique take on disco favorite “I Will Survive” (includes the “F” word, so parents should be forewarned, but the guitar licks and the fabulous trumpet trump the swear word) and the the old standard “Maybe, maybe, Maybe” is one of the highlights of this album.
years 1998 Extend the magic contains the classic “Sheep Go To Heaven” (okay, classic to me, okay?) and in 2001, Cake’s Aigle Comfort delivered “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” – also known as the theme song for the super fun spy show Mandrel (a subject for another column, of course).
There are currently three more Cake albums floating around in this world, all with a solid mix of cool originals and surprising covers, available on Spotify.
Or, if you want to support a BIG downtown Casper business, walk down Sonic Rainbow on Center Street and have them hook you up with a good old fashioned CD (CDs are always a thing, just like vinyl). Additionally, Sonic Rainbow is made up of amazing people who 100% understand and realize the concept of true customer service.
So, can you listen to Cake and eat it too? Damn yeah!