Sunday, June 3, 2012

Serious Contenders: CAKE, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"

Maybe it's the case that every CAKE song sounds the same, and maybe it's the casethat this is the best example of that, or maybe this is just a singular moment from the pop charts years ago. I love listening to this song, its laconic energy, John McCrea's weirdly specific descriptions of his dream girl, the muted background vocals and trumpet, and ever-funky bassline. I think CAKE is based around a certain kind of specificity in its sound, what it intends, and if you get it, it really works for you, and if you don't, you can just move along.

And how very like CAKE to include all these completely idiosyncratic comments along with the song, many of which are not so complimentary.

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