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Fashion Nugget [Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued]

CakeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Distance 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Friend Is A Four Letter Word 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Open Book 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Daria 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Race Car Ya-Yas 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Will Survive 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stickshifts and Safetybelts 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Coming Down 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nugget [Explicit] 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. She'll Come Back to Me 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Italian Leather Sofa 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sad Songs and Waltzes 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B000003CKH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The twisted cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is a statement of intent, while the cool jazz riffs from the band's trumpet player are part of what makes tracks like "Daria," "It's Coming Down," and "Frank Sinatra" so original. "The Distance" is a funked-up jam with a Chili Peppers chorus. --Jeff Bateman

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake's Best Album to Date January 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Every song on this album has its merits. Obviously, "The Distance" and "Frank Sinatra" rank high on everyone's lists. However, many of the other songs are worth notice. The bizarre "Open Book" is appealing in its odd harmonies and disjointedness. "Daria" gets my vote for the strangest lyric of the album: "[I won't be] smoothed over like milk, silk, a bedspread, or a quilt, icing on a cake, or a serene transluscent lake." "It's Coming Down" is both cynical and humorous regarding a breakup, saying "She's gone and she's wearing your red sweater."
Although much credit has been given to the bassist (who definitely deserves it), the lead guitarist makes this album work. Every song, even ones without a guitar solo, the guitar plays a vital role, often adding biting riffs to otherwise innocuous songs. Listen to "Stickshifts and Safetybelts," "Italian Leather Sofa," or "Nugget."
This is really the only Cake album anyone needs to buy. Quite different from Motorcade of Generosity or Prolonging the Magic, Fashion Nugget is Cake's quintessential work that is sure to remain a classic.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brain-Expanding Experience March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Cake are certainly an alternative group. Their music is about as willfully different to the mainstream as you can go while still being always listenable and their lyrics range from the mundane and symbolic to the intentionally bizarre.
"Fashion Nugget" contains most of Cake's best work to date - especially the singles "The Distance", "Frank Sinatra" and "I Will Survive". These three tracks alone serve as a great introduction to Cake's musical philosophy.
The lyrics throughout the album either cover simple topics (such as cars) or seem to go some way toward discussing more cerebral topics such as - I think - the breakdown of families, the nature of love and friendship and so on.
Cake's singer - whose name I have forgotten - has a marvellously deadpan delivery with (on "I Will Survive" especially) a very creative use of pause to convey ironic meaning. Their musicians are also top-notch, often giving the impression of being just about to veer off into dissonance only to just hold it together to the end of the track.
Most of the tracks here will appear to be quite obscure on first listening - feel free to think "what the heck are they on about?" after you've heard tracks like "The Distance" and "Open Book". But, after thinking about the lyrics, you'll probably decide that they mean something - just what is most probably up to you.
In that may lie the entire point of the album. The lyrics mean different things to different people depending on what they are thinking at the time - they are that symbolic.
The other attraction of the album for me is that Cake cannot take themselves seriously in music.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Album to Play...Again and Again March 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Cake became popular on the university circuit several years ago, but I'd personally never purchased any of their albums prior to this one. But after hearing several sections of this new album being played on NPR while John McCrea (Cake's lead singer) got interviewed, I went out and bought this CD. I felt compelled to hear out the remainder of the songs, and wasn't satisfied with just the few stanzas that were allowed on the radio program/interview. I was particularly drawn to Cake's remake of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". This was a song that my mother loved and I found it refreshing to hear it played at a more modern level.

Many might call Cake's music new-wave or some form of pop, but to me it sounds like a blending of 50's instrumentation with modern lyrics and a low-down beat, similar to a blues melody.

My favorites are the aforementioned "I Will Survive", "Frank Sinatra" and "Race Car Ya-Yas".

There are some definite "explicit lyrics", including a few added to Gaynor's classic (Mom! Close your ears!), but this didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the songs.

A cool album. Now I've gotta go out and buy a few of their older one's.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD in my collection hands down April 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You've probably heard the radio tracks: I will survive & The distance, for example. And they are great. But what this album offers is 10 or so other tracks that are genious...the horns, the lyrics, McCrea's deadpan voice...Cake's other two offerings are awesome, but this is the one that hasn't left my CD changer for 4 years. Not a bad song on the album. Check out Open Book, Stickshifts, and She'll come back...
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 great tunes, 2 DOAs. December 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
What other band could do covers of a disco hit, a country ballad, and a spanish mambo and nail them all? Cake's unique musical sensibility sustains even their strangest experimentations. The original tunes on this album are even better than the covers -- Italian Leather Sofa skewers Yuppie happiness, Nugget's catchy, f-word-laden chorus is guaranteed to get you in trouble, and songs like It's Coming Down and She'll Come Back to Me have a depth of feeling unheard of in most pop music. Fans of They Might Be Giants and REM will appreciate Cake's deadpan delivery and complex, obtuse lyrics. Fans of Wilco and the like will like the little bit of alt-country flavor (thankfully, just a taste). Ska aficionados will love the horns and great beats, and fans of Bush and Silverchair -- well, should probably see if they can get a "taste in music" implant. The only two songs that you'll find yourself skipping are "Race Car Ya-yas" and "Stick Shifts and Safety Belts," which stretch Cake's strengths until they become liabilities. All in all, however, 12 solidly great songs make a fine CD in anyone's book.
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Published 1 month ago by Sam Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as advertised. Quick shippinjg
Published 2 months ago by Gene Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Cake is a band that I usually not listen to but they have a unique sound the I enjoy at times.
Published 3 months ago by Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
You can never go wrong w/ Cake. I was in the mood and downloaded it to my Kindle. Great choice of course.
Published 4 months ago by Mary overstreet
5.0 out of 5 stars CAKE!
YES!! CAKE!! Everyone loves! Well, I do 7 this is such a terrific album to start with if you are new to the band!!
Published 5 months ago by J. Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how much I missed this CD.
Some cretins stole my old CD case from my car years ago and I never wrote down what they took.

Years later I found this here and said "hey I used to love that"... Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. A. Vandenoever
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
great lyrics and excellent musically. It is a gem of an album. Love the horns and of course "Stickshifts and Safety Belts" is the best song on here.
Published 8 months ago by Henry Saucier
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should love Cake
Love it from first to last. The remake of I Will Survive is the best. I can't wait until I can get the next one.
Published 8 months ago by A. Bonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated
Cake is so underappreciated. This is the album that made me a fan of the band. My personal favorite is the cover of I Will Survive. It is so great. Read more
Published 9 months ago by snaggleteeth
5.0 out of 5 stars CAKE is the sickest
I mean, what else can I there to say. Their lyrics are raucously unique and the beats are so defined. In other words, I could hear a CAKE beat and know it was them in five seconds. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sam Hiced
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