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Cake — Fashion Nugget (1996)

 Cake — Fashion Nugget (1996)

Cake — Fashion Nugget
¤  Fashion Nugget is the second studio album by Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. It was released in 1996, and contains 14 songs. "The Distance" became one of the band's biggest hits. On December 9, 1996, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, and the next year, the album was certified platinum for shipments of one million copies.
¤  In the United States, the album received a Parental Advisory sticker for profanity in the songs ¤  "I Will Survive," a cover of the Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris song that originally did not have said profanity, and "Nugget."
Location: Sacramento, CA
Album release: September 17, 1996
Recorded: 1995-1996
Record Label: Capricorn Records
Duration:     48:36
Tracks:
01. Frank Sinatra    (4:01)
02. The Distance    (3:01)
03. Friend Is A Four Letter Word    (3:22)
04. Open Book    (3:45)
05. Daria    (3:45)
06. Race Car Ya-Yas    (1:21)
07. I Will Survive    (5:11)
08. Stickshifts And Safetybelts    (2:09)
09. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps    (2:24)
10. It's Coming Down    (3:44)
11. Nugget    (4:00)
12. She'll Come Back To Me    (2:26)
13. Italian Leather Sofa    (5:50)
14. Sad Songs And Waltzes    (3:16)
¤  All songs written and composed by John McCrea, except where noted.
¤  Song 07: Written-By — D. Fekaris, F.J. Perren
¤  Song 09: Written-By — J.M. Davis, O. Farres
¤  Song 12: Steel Guitar [Pedal] — Greg Vincent
¤  Song 14: Written-By — W. Nelson

CAKE

Credits:
¤  Arranged By, Producer — Cake
¤  Artwork By [Designed By] — Audrey Maris, John McCrae, Mark Kornweibel
¤  Bass — Victor Damiani
¤  Drums, Percussion — Todd Roper
¤  Electric Guitar, Organ — Greg Brown (7)
¤  Engineer — Craig Long, Joe Johnston, Kirt Shearer
¤  Engineer [Asst.] — Scott Reams
¤  Mastered By — Don Tyler*
¤  Photography [Band Photo] — Larry Hulst
¤  Trumpet, Percussion — Vincent di Fiore*
¤  Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Organ — John McCrea
¤  Written-By — G. Brown* (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 11), J. McCrea* (tracks: 1, 3 to 6, 8, 10 to 13), T. Roper* (tracks: 6, 11), V. Damiani* (tracks: 6, 11), V. di Fiore* (tracks: 6, 11)Vince DiFiore    CAKE  Vince di Fiore 
Notes:
¤  Recorded at Pus Cavern and Paradise Studios in Sacramento, CA
¤  Mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles, CA
Companies etc.:
¤  Phonographic Copyright ® — Capricorn Records
¤  Copyright © — Capricorn Records
¤  Manufactured By — Mercury Records
¤  Marketed By — Mercury Records
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cake
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine  (Editor rating: ** ½)
¤  Sounding like a suburban, melodic white-funk-injected version of King Missile's performance art/standup comedy, "The Distance" became a novelty hit in the fall of 1996, sending Cake's second album, Fashion Nugget, to platinum status. Certainly, "The Distance" was the only reason Fashion Nugget went platinum, because the remainder of the album is too collegiate and arcane for mainstream music tastes. It isn't because it's obscure or intellectual — it's because the band is smirking. An "ironic" cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is the key to the album, sending the signal that Cake consider themselves above everyone else, and nothing is too insignificant to make fun of. And that wouldn't necessarily have been a problem if they had the wit or musical skills that would make their music either funny or listenable. Instead, they wallow in sophomoric jokes that rely on self-consciously elaborate wordplay. ¤  Occasionally, their blend of collegiate musical styles — funk, hip-hop, alternative rock — makes the music easy to digest in small doses, such as "The Distance," but it isn't varied enough to prevent the album from becoming tedious when played straight through.
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Description in french:
¤  "Du toupet, de l'humour et un véritable sens de la mélodie avec une approche du rock sans complexes, Cake a de quoi séduire un public large. Un premier CD leur permit de se faire la main. Cette deuxième livraison fit d'eux des stars. Il contenait la version épique de "I Will Survive", l'hymne footballistique de Gloria Gaynor. Cependant, Cake vaut plus que cette adaptation inspirée. Le groupe joue sur plusieurs tableaux avec beaucoup de goût : rap, rock, et même des touches country. L'approche des instruments est inventive, en commençant par un jeu de guitare à la fois intuitif et plein d'imagination. La voix et les textes de John McCrea allient cynisme bon enfant et pamphlet grinçant. Il parvient à écrire de désarmantes ballades avec le même naturel. L'utilisation d'une trompette espiègle complète leur art du touche-à-tout avec de l'esprit ("Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"). "Fashion Nuggets" est une révélation."
¤  C'est la période de la galette des rois, vous en prendrez bien une part ? Un gâteau en provenance de Sacramento qui a su trouver un style original dans le genre rock alternatif au coeur des années '90.
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Awards:
Billboard Albums:
¤  1996 Fashion Nugget   Heatseekers    #1
¤  1996 Fashion Nugget The Billboard 200    #36
Billboard Singles:
¤  1997 I Will Survive    Modern Rock Tracks    #28
¤  1996 The Distance    Mainstream Rock    #38
¤  1996 The Distance    Modern Rock Tracks    #4
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CREDITS:
¤  G. Brown  Composer
¤  Greg Brown  Composer, Guitar (Electric), Organ
¤  Cake  Arranger, Primary Artist, Producer
¤  Victor Damiani  Composer, Guitar (Bass)
¤  Joe Davis  Composer
¤  Vince Di Fiore  Percussion, Trumpet
¤  Osvaldo Farrés  Composer
¤  Dino Fekaris  Composer
¤  Larry Hulst  Photography
¤  Joe Johnston  Engineer
¤  Mark Kornweibel  Design
¤  Craig Long  Engineer
¤  Audrey Marie  Design
¤  John McCrea  Composer, Design, Guitar (Acoustic), Organ, Vocals
¤  W. Nelson  Composer
¤  Freddie Perren  Composer
¤  Scott Reams  Assistant Engineer
¤  Todd Roper  Composer, Drums, Percussion
¤  Kirt Shearer  Engineer
¤  Don C. Tyler  Mastering
¤  Greg Vincent  Pedal Steel
Notes:
¤  The New Rolling Stone Album Guide; Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard: album Cake "Fashion Nuggets takes ***½.
RIAA: Gold & Platinum
Link: http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-databaseRecording session @ Upbeat Studio    CAKEJohn in Osaka, Japan    CAKE   John in Ósaka, JapanCAKE

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