Cake is an American alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. Noted for their idiosyncratic approach to music, Cake (often stylized as CAKE). Cake was founded in 1991 and composed of vocalist/songwriter John McCrea, guitarist Greg Brown, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, bassist Shon Meckfessel and drummer Frank French. Shon Meckfessel soon left and was replaced by Gabe Nelson.
In 1993, the band released its debut single, "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle". Although self-released, the single managed to hit number 31 on the US Modern Rock Tracks. After the moderate radio success of their first single, Cake released their debut album titled “Motorcade of Generosity.” Eventually, Cake signed a deal with Capricorn Records, who in turn released the album nationally on February 7, 1994. Some time after this deal Gabe Nelson and Frank French left the band.
On September 17, 1996, Cake released their second album, “Fashion Nugget” which reached #1 on the Heatseekers chart and peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album produced the radio gem "The Distance" which reached #4 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. The next single released from Fashion Nugget was a cover of Perren and Fekaris's "I Will Survive."
Cake released their third studio album, “Prolonging the Magic,” on October 6, 1998. This album contained the hit single "Never There" which reached #1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.
On July 24, 2001, Cake released their fourth full-length album titled “Comfort Eagle. “This was Cake's first release under Columbia records. The lead single "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was a major hit on alternative radio stations, climbing to #7 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, and is now the theme song to the TV series Chuck.
Cake's fifth album, “Pressure Chief,” was released on October 5, 2004. It contained the moderately successful singles "No Phone" and a cover of the Bread song "The Guitar Man."
Cake released a compilation, “B-Sides and Rarities,” on October 2, 2007. It features covers of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up," Singleton, Snyder & Kaempfert's "Strangers in the Night" and Piero Umiliani's "Mahna Mahna," as well as live versions of Cake songs "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" and "It's Coming Down." “Rarities” is the band's first album on its own label, Upbeat Records.
A new studio album titled “Showroom of Compassion” was released on January 11, 2011. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the band. Cake released a new song from the album in September 2010, called "Sick Of You."