Cake is an alternative rock band hailing from Sacramento, California, known for their distinctive sound that blends various musical genres. Formed in the early 1990s, Cake has enjoyed a successful and influential career in the music industry. Let’s explore the history and timeline of Cake’s journey.
Formation and Early Years (1991-1993)
Cake was founded in 1991 by singer/songwriter John McCrea and guitarist Greg Brown. The band’s lineup eventually solidified with the addition of Vince DiFiore (trumpet), Shon Meckfessel (guitar), Victor Damiani (bass), and Frank French (drums). They began performing in Sacramento’s local music scene, gaining a following with their unique blend of rock, funk, and country.
Debut Album: “Motorcade of Generosity” (1994)
In 1994, Cake released their debut album, “Motorcade of Generosity.” The album featured their signature sound characterized by McCrea’s deadpan vocal delivery, catchy guitar riffs, and the prominent use of the trumpet. While not a commercial success, the album garnered attention from music enthusiasts and critics.
Breakthrough with “Fashion Nugget” (1996)
Cake’s second album, “Fashion Nugget,” released in 1996, was a game-changer for the band. It included their iconic cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” which became a massive hit, earning them widespread recognition. The album also featured tracks like “The Distance” and “Frank Sinatra,” solidifying Cake’s status as a unique force in the alternative rock scene.
Continued Success with “Prolonging the Magic” (1998) and “Comfort Eagle” (2001)
The late 1990s and early 2000s saw Cake releasing successful albums like “Prolonging the Magic” in 1998 and “Comfort Eagle” in 2001. These albums produced memorable tracks such as “Never There,” “Let Me Go,” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket.” Cake’s ability to fuse various genres and McCrea’s sardonic lyrical style continued to resonate with audiences.
“Pressure Chief” and Hiatus (2004-2010)
After “Comfort Eagle,” Cake released “Pressure Chief” in 2004. However, the album didn’t achieve the same level of success as their previous works. Following the release, the band entered a hiatus that lasted until 2010. During this period, McCrea pursued other musical projects.
Return with “Showroom of Compassion” (2011)
Cake made a triumphant return in 2011 with “Showroom of Compassion,” their first album in seven years. It marked their first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured tracks like “Sick of You” and “Long Time,” showcasing that Cake’s distinctive sound was as relevant as ever.
Cake’s discography includes the following albums:
- “Motorcade of Generosity” (1994)
- “Fashion Nugget” (1996)
- “Prolonging the Magic” (1998)
- “Comfort Eagle” (2001)
- “Pressure Chief” (2004)
- “Showroom of Compassion” (2011)
The classic lineup of Cake included:
- John McCrea (vocals, guitar)
- Greg Brown (guitar)
- Vince DiFiore (trumpet)
- Shon Meckfessel (guitar)
- Victor Damiani (bass)
- Frank French (drums)
Over the years, the lineup saw changes, but John McCrea remained the consistent frontman and driving creative force of the band.
Official Social Media Accounts
Stay connected with Cake and their music through their official social media accounts:
- Twitter: Cake on Twitter
- Instagram: Cake on Instagram
- Facebook: Cake on Facebook
- YouTube: Cake on YouTube
- Spotify: Cake on Spotify
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