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Graeme Jefferies (vocals, guitar, piano, viola) is a cult icon in New Zealand, and his band Cakekitchen helped to solidify his high-ranking status in the country's underground scene. After the breakup of This Kind of Punishment, Jefferies formed Cakekitchen in the late '80s. Taking their name from Jefferies' 1988 solo LP Messages for the Cakekitchen, Cakekitchen is basically a revolving set of musicians, all of whom are led by Jefferies. Expressing the similarly gloomy Velvet Underground-styled narratives and post-punk raggedness of Jefferies' previous groups, Cakekitchen released their first album, Time Flowing Backwards, in 1991. The band was a trio back then featuring Jefferies, Rachael King (bass), and Robert Key (drums). By 1993's Far From the Sun, King and Key were gone, replaced by bassist Keith McLean and drummer Huw Dainow. On 1995's Stompin' Thru the Boneyard, Cakekitchen became a duo consisting of Jefferies (playing a multitude of instruments) and drummer Jean-Yves Douet.