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Fashion Nugget Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003CKH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 28, 1999
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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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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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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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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Fashion Nugget by Cake
Zomba/Volcano
Explicit: Yes ("Nugget" is pretty much is the only offender, but it's a pretty good one)
Best Song: Friend Is A Four-Letter Word
Worst Song: She'll Come Back To Me
Ah, Cake. The first thing to mention about Cake (Because you just can't talk about Cake's big break without talking about Cake themselves) is John McCrea. McCrea's voice is absolutely brilliant. The guy sings with a half-funky, half-monotone voice that at times almost sounds like he's speaking. Not only is the monotone singing approach unique and absolutely addicting, McCrea can do more than that. He can do anything, from Country yelps, ("Stickshifts And Safetybelts") to pseudo-rap. ("The Distance") As a matter of fact, it's a real shame their claim to fame is "The Distance", since while that is a spectacular song, there are plenty of joys here. "Frank Sinatra" is a wonderful little gem with a spectacularly memorable chorus:
"We know of an ancient radiation
That affects dismembered constallations
A faintly gimmering radio station
While Frank Sinatra sings Stormy Weather
The flies and the spiders get along together
Cobwebs fall on an old skipping record."
And the fun doesn't stop there, for it is merely the first track.
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