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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. Also, 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 (ie. "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 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)
  • Sinking Ship (2018)

They provide examples of:

  I'm not a hero, I'm not a movie star/I've got my beer, I've got my stories to tell/But they won't tell you what it's like in Hell

  • Word Salad Lyrics: Their lyrics are frequently vague, non-sequitur-y, and/or full of strange imagery. (This troper defies you to find a Cake song that doesn't have at least one of the three.) "Nugget" is pretty much the epitome of this trope.
    • "Stickshifts and Safetybelts", the song is very clearly about the singer's preference for cars with bench seats and the romantic connotations of such, it stays on that topic and its imagery is rather mundane.
    • "Federal Funding" from "Showroom of Compassion" is obviously a Protest Song: "You've received the federal funding/you can open another wing" is pretty straightforward. Still, not exactly as strong as some other examples.
  • Word Salad Title: All albums but Prolonging the Magic.
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