Straight Outta Sacramento: Cake

Straight outta Sacramento, Cake has been churning out their brand of funky, off-kilter rock for over twenty years. With frontman John McCrea’s signature deadpan delivery and the distinct honor of being one of the most successful modern rock bands to feature a trumpet player, they’ve established themselves as an alternative mainstay with hits like “Never There”, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and “The Distance.”

In the early 2000s, these NorCal weirdoes finally achieved serious mainstream success. Most of the credit goes to Comfort Eagle and their genius man-on-the-street video for “Short Skirt/Long Jacket.” You couldn’t escape the video on MTV and the band was suddenly everywhere on tour, taking their Unlimited Sunshine festival across the country with support from Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and hip-hop pioneers De La Soul.

McCrea’s clever lyrics and the band’s amazing sense of humor have always been key to Cake’s appeal. They’re constantly dropping weird historical facts on Twitter and briefly ran an advice column on their website where fans could write to them with their burning questions about parenting, school, and life and how to live it.

Need something to satisfy your sweet tooth until Cake comes to Forest Park this fall? Revisit their classic album Fashion Nugget, with hits like “The Distance” and their cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”