Having spent most of the 90ís on Columbiaís mailing list,
Iíve been able to listen to every Cake record ever released
for free, and itís a damn good thing I didnít have to pay
for all these Cake records, cuz I woulda felt cheated. Cake
records are like a lotta old Bowie recordsÖthe man
knew how to pick the hit single, and every long player Bowie
ever made had at least one or two, but the rest of the record
was a stinker, or was just mediocre by the singleís standards.
Since Iíve never had to pay for the privilege of having all
of this Cake, Iím not angry with them. To the contrary, Iím
a bit in awe of how a band of their marginal talent can continue
to thrive for so long in such a fickle business. They donít
get by on their looksÖin fact, theyíve never put their picture
in the cover of any of their records, and they donít even
appear in their new video (which is a funny and brilliant
clip). They are not trend mongerersÖtheir sound hasnít changed
since Motorcade Of Generosity back in 1994. They are
not a production machine, exactlyÖfour albums in seven years,
thatís something like forty-five or so songs, seven of which
are great, and the rest, forgettable, and thatís why people
love getting music from the internet!
There are two tracks you may want to have from Comfort
Eagle, donít even bother with the rest, unless yer just
jonesing for a "College Rock" fix and yer burned
out on Weezer. The single, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"
sounds great on the radio in the car with the windows down!
Seriously. It has plenty of clever images, too many to list
here, but youíll hear it on the radio, donít panic! Turn on
yer FM, itíll be on any minute, or, you can see the
video on MTV at 3:58AM, when MTV isnít promoting movies for
children to run out and see cuz they have nothing else to
do with their summer cuz they are somewhere above menial summer
labor, like bagging groceries, parking golf carts, etc., but
fall somewhere below the class of family that sends their
children off to summer in Tuscany to have a "worldly
experience." At any rate, stay up Ďtil 3:58AM and watch
MTV and youíll see the clip and youíll think itís brilliant
too, and, if yer paying attention (like me) youíll notice
the Lou Reed thing in full bloom. What I mean to say
is, Iíve long thought that Cake crooner John McCrae often
sounds like Lou Reed when he does that speak-sing style
vocal thing. The first time I heard "How Can You Afford
Your Rock And Roll Lifestyle" on the radio years ago,
I almost pulled the car over, thinking "ShitÖLou Reed
got a sense of humor? How? When? Hooray!" but
it was John, not Lou, and on "Short Skirt", listen
close and youíll hear a variation of the guitar chords from
"Sweet Jane." Honest you will.
Oh, the other good song (the second of two out of a total
of eleven tracks for those of you keeping score at home) on
Comfort EagleÖis called "Comfort Eagle" (the
title track) and it is again full of clever lines and a nice
marching percussion rhythm that kids will love, cuz kids love
anything that they can practice exaggerated body movements
along with. The kids will also love to sing the "Dooooooood!"
part too, especially if the kids are in a group of six in
a minivan with a decent stereo.
At a list price of $17.97, (oh fuck off, Columbia)
you donít need this, unless you feel the need to
support Cakeís rock and roll lifestyle, and thatís fineÖthere
are worse things you could do, like pay to attend Ozzfest,
or buy an Insane Clown Posse record. However, my advice
is rip and burn the afore mentioned singles and go see Cake
play all their hits live when they come to your town. And
bring the kids.
- Opera Singer
- Meanwhile, Rick James
- Shadow Stabbing
- Short Skirt/Long Jacket
- Commissioning a Symphony In C
- Arco Arena
- Comfort Eagle
- Long Line Of Cars
- Love You Madly
- Pretty Pink Ribbon
- World Of Two
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