“Reluctantly crouched at the starting line, engines pumping and thumping in time.” – John McCrea’s percussive vocals at the opening of Cake’s alt rock song “The Distance” – is the gateway to a timeless album experience. Once exposed to Fashion Nugget, the album may cause cravings for funky bass lines and explosive brass interludes.
Originally released in 1996, the album is 20 years old this year but does not feel or sound dated in any way. The 14 tracks on Fashion Nugget use highly descriptive language to paint auditory pictures that fully engage the imagination; when combined with humour, irony and a little fun with metaphors, the resulting album is highly enjoyable listening with a uniquely Cake experience.
Here are a few favourite Fashion Nugget songs, including the band’s excellent renditions of the classic songs “I Will Survive” and “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” – consider this a preview as purchasing the entire album is strongly recommended!