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War Pigs
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Mahna, Mahna
Excuse Me, I Think I've Got a Heartache
Strangers in the Night
Multiply the Heartaches
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
Short Skirt, Long Jacket
It's Coming Down
War Pigs (Featuring Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips)
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 40:19

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Amelia Raitt


Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

CAKE, b-sides and rarities
2007 | Label: Upbeat Records / The Orchard

It's just like Cake to eschew the typical compilation route, instead opting for a collection of "b-sides of rarities." The group has consistently gone against the grain of popular opinion and won each and every time throughout their career. Here, the group tackles a number of covers that would seem to be impossible for one band to perform (Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up," Buck Owens '"Excuse Me, I Think I've Got a… read more »

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If you got the bonus ep with Pressure Chief, you got about half of the songs on here. I like the cover of Mahna, Mahna best, though. Cake never did release much in the way of real b-sides, mostly just a couple live tracks on imports here and there.

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Cake - Super fun songs


I love the songs on this Cake cd. It's super-fun to listen to it. Especially their version of Ruby. It's only missing Frank Sinatra to be a perfect disc.

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Wow, fun!


Cake has never let me down. Everything I've heard from them has been fun, and well played. I saw them live years ago and that really impressed me. Much can be done in the studio these days, making bands and singers sound great when they really don't. Seeing a band live can tell you alot; and I'll tell you this: Cake can play! They're excellent musicians, and you could see them following the band leader. I don't recall who it was now as I saw them over a decade ago, but you can tell they know their stuff. And it shows on this album too. I can't pick any favourites as I like them all!

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Came for Manha, Manha; stayed for War Pigs


The Steven Drozd version is even better (the Lips did a cover for iTunes, too). I'll listen to most anything by Cake, but this album is not just cast-offs. Some real gems here.

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I agree with Fisch, get War Pigs... possibly the greatest cover (that you know is a cover) in the history of rock. Well, it's at least in the conversation.

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These guys got swagger!


Cake never fails to impress - there's just no one else who could do what they do. This album's great, but aside from that - That's the baddest "War Pigs" cover EVER!

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Wish there was more cake on emusic.I'd like to have my cake.........well you know.

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download War Pigs now!


awesome rendition of the classic. they were first noticed for their remake of I Will Survive, but they make magic once agian with their remake of War Pigs.

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my first cake


Got me hooked. Short skirt long jacket is the theme song on Chuck

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After five mostly successful studio albums, the time seemed ripe in 2007 for a cash-in “Best Of” from irony-heavy pop/rockers Cake. But instead of a typical romp through the band’s catalog highlights, frontman John McCrea and company gathered this set of “rarities.” While there are some interesting and hard to find sides here, this is a far too brief 12-track, 40-minute compilation. There are virtually no liner notes nor any indication of what year the songs were recorded, or in the case of the B-sides, what the A-side was, which is an unforgivable omission for a historical overview of this type. Everything screams quickie, from the haphazard track sequencing, to the lack of information in the pamphlet and the lackluster graphics. If this is indeed made for die-hard Cake fans, and who else would even pick it up? It’s a shoddy, short set that doesn’t show respect for the group’s dedicated followers, of whom there are many. A full ten minutes of the album’s already meager running time is dedicated to two versions of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” with the opening one a studio recording, and the unlisted final cut a live performance. While both are interesting angles on a song that appears to be outside even Cake’s eclectic scope, they are similar enough that the repetition only pads the disc’s slim contents. McCrea exposes his love of country with respectful run-throughs of Kenny Rogers & the First Edition’s hit arrangement of “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and Buck Owens’ “Excuse Me, I Think I’ve Got a Heartache” that don’t add anything interesting to the classic versions. Much better is Cake’s take on Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” which twists the tune through McCrea’s built-in sarcasm resulting in the album’s most attention-grabbing performance. The spoken word “Thrills” is a cool and strange oddity that gives trumpet player Vince DiFore a chance to solo. Live recordings, although ones without any crowd sounds including applause, of “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” and “It’s Coming Down” aren’t substantially different than the originals. A smarmy, unfunny “Strangers in the Night” sounds like it was done as a goof in rehearsals, and the short instrumental “Conroy” appears to be cooked up in McCrea’s home studio in a few minutes when he was bored. There isn’t much of interest for devoted Cake followers and nothing for newcomers, who are advised to avoid this in lieu of the band’s first few releases. The better selections would have made logical additions to a hits assemblage, but this is a disappointing odds and sods product for the longtime fans it is clearly geared to attract. – Hal Horowitz

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