CAKE (US alt. rock band)

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CAKE is a Sacramento, California band, formed in 1991, who have had several hits throughout the 1990s and 2000s from their five recorded albums. The name of this band is definitively CAKE uppercase: please refer to and don't change it.

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Cake (stylized in upper case as CAKE) is an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California, consisting of singer John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Xan McCurdy, bassist Daniel McCallum, and drummer Todd Roper. The band has been noted for McCrea's sarcastic lyrics and deadpan vocals, and their wide-ranging musical influences, including norteño, country music, mariachi, rock, funk, folk music, and hip hop.

Cake was formed in 1991 by McCrea, DiFiore, Greg Brown (guitar), Frank French (drums), and Shon Meckfessel (bass) who soon left and was replaced by Gabe Nelson. Following the self-release of its debut album, Motorcade of Generosity, the band was signed to Capricorn Records in 1995 and released its first single, "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle", which hit number 35 on the Modern Rock Tracks music chart and was featured on MTV's 120 Minutes; French and Nelson then left the band, and were replaced by Todd Roper and Victor Damiani. Cake's second album, 1996's Fashion Nugget, went platinum on the strength of its lead single, "The Distance". Following a tour of Europe and the United States, both Brown and Damiani announced they were leaving Cake, which led to speculation about the band's future; McCrea eventually recruited Xan McCurdy to take over on guitar, and persuaded Nelson to return.

Prolonging the Magic, the band's third album, was released in 1998 and went platinum, having shipped over one million units; this was followed three years later by Comfort Eagle, the band's first album on Columbia Records, featuring the single "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" which hit number 7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Following a series of tours, including several versions of the Unlimited Sunshine Tour, the band released Pressure Chief in 2004, its second and last album on Columbia. After creating its own label, Upbeat Records, the band released Showroom of Compassion in 2011, which became its first album to debut at the top of the Billboard charts, selling 44,000 copies in the first week after release. Their studio output has been minimal since 2011, although they have continued to tour and have occasionally hinted at an upcoming album.

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1994Motorcade of GenerosityCAKE4.1510
1996Fashion NuggetCAKE4.120
1998Prolonging the MagicCAKE4.57
2001Comfort EagleCAKE4.157
2004Pressure ChiefCAKE4.356
2011Showroom of CompassionCAKE48

Album + Compilation

2007B-Sides and RaritiesCAKE3.84

Album + Live

2014Live from the Crystal PalaceCAKE2


1993Rock 'n' Roll LifestyleCAKE2
1996I Will SurviveCAKE6
1996The DistanceCAKE6
1997Frank SinatraCAKE4
1998Never ThereCAKE5
1998Friend Is a Four Letter WordCAKE2
1999Sheep Go to HeavenCAKE4
2001Short Skirt/Long JacketCAKE6
2004No PhoneCAKE3
2011Sick of YouCAKE1
2011Mustache Man (Wasted)CAKE1
2014Bound AwayCAKE1
2014Long TimeCAKE1
2014The WinterCAKE1
2014What's Now Is NowCAKE1
2018Sinking ShipCAKE2

Single + Live

2013Sheep Go to Heaven / Jesus Wrote a Blank CheckCAKE1



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