CAKE is a band formed in 1991 in Sacramento, California, United States. They have had several hits throughout the 1990s and 2000s from their six albums.
Their first album, released in 1994, was titled Motorcade of Generosity, followed by their successful sophomore release of Fashion Nugget in 1996. Prolonging the Magic was released in 1998 and Comfort Eagle in 2001.
CAKE’s fifth album, Pressure Chief was released in October 2004. John McCrea discussed this album with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air in February 2005.
B-Sides and Rarities was released October 2, 2007. It features a live cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and their cover “Mahna Mahna“, which also appears on the charity CD “For the Kids” whose proceeds benefit the “VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC” organization.
CAKE’s latest album, Showroom of Compassion, was released January 11, 2011. It was recorded at the Upbeat Studio in Sacramento, California with the help of recording engineer Pat Olguin.
Although CAKE’s music is often classified as alternative or indie rock, it combines multiple musical genres, such as funk, pop, jazz, rap, and country. CAKE’s music features droll lyrics rife with word play and syncopation (laconically voiced in a rap-like style by lead vocalist/guitarist John McCrea), catchy distorted guitar riffs (courtesy of guitarist Greg Brown until 1998, and bass player to Victor Damiani until 1997), and a solo trumpet (played by Vince DiFiore).