Kings of satirical, guitar-driven, geek-funk , Sacramento-based [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cake[/lastfm] has won over music fans since 1994 with their witty metaphors and alternative sonic stylings.
When musical talents meets dry pop culture references, what you get is our Top 10 List Of The Most Hilariously Clever Cake Lyrics in honor of their Live on Letterman performance at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, streaming for free here at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT on June 28th, presented by AT&T.
We know, we know: Stand tall, be proud. But Cake gets into such intense detail, we can actually visualize someone awkwardly adjusting their body into the cliché “confident” position:
You need to straighten your posture and suck in your gut/you need to pull back your shoulders and tighten your butt/come comanche, comanche, comanche, come oh/if you want to have cities, you’ve got to build roads/you need to find some new feathers and buy some new clothes
9. “Federal Funding”
Cake are often hyper-political and in “Federal Funding” they don’t hesitate to poke fun at the sometimes ritzy life of the dirty politician:
You’ll receive the federal funding, you can add another wing/Take your colleagues out to dinner, pay your brother to come and sing
8. “Comfort Eagle”
Sort of like the middle class musical version of Everyman, Cake’s song “Comfort Eagle” makes us laugh in its usage of a common slang word for man that is used across all social stratum:
He is handling the money/he is serving the food/he is now accepting callers/he is calling me “dude!”
Cake’s humorous comparison of the listeners body to a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget is very American (and sadly, probably true in lots of cases):
Heads of state who ride and wrangle/Who look at your face from more than one angle/Can cut you from their bloated budgets/like sharpened knives to chicken McNuggets
6. “Bound Away”
Just when life gets bad, sometimes it can get even worse. What do you do? According to Cake, recognize the absurdity with metaphorical tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the state of your life and “baggage” :
There’s low visibility, gusty wind and rain/My carry-on luggage is still on the plane
5. “Mahna Mahna”
This song doesn’t really make sense, which is sort of the point. Repeating “mahna mahna” over and over like a rock ‘n roll Muppet will still make you love:
Hello?/Just a second/It’s for you/Mahna! Mahna!/The question is, what is a mahna mahna?/The question is, who cares?
Cake uses stereotypical country images to hilariously highlight both the differences in cultures and the inaccuracy of labels in “Wheels”:
In a seedy karaoke bar/By the banks of the mighty Bosphorus/Is a Japanese man in a business suit singing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’/And the muscular cyborg German dudes dance with sexy French Canadians/While the overweight Americans wear their patriotic jumpsuits/Wheels keep on spinning round spinning round spinning round
3. “Italian Guy”
We’ve all met this “Italian” guy in some form or another. With their usual cheeky sense of humor, Cake does a great job of both describing and parodying this classic image of the suited, mustachioed man:
That Italian guy over there/The one with the polyester pinstriped suit/The one with the gray hair and mustache/Must be thinking really loud thoughts/Because he’s nodding and squinting and nodding and squinting/And putting down his metal cane/Like he’s making a point, and it’s very important indeed
2. “Rock ‘N Roll Lifestyle”
Rock ‘n roll isn’t dead like some people say, but it’s definitely trendy now to be alternative–even if the bourgeoisie try, but don’t, get the meaning behind rock’s original rough and tumble lifestyle:
Well, your CD collection/Looks shiny and costly/How much did you pay for your/Bad moto-goozie?/And how much did you spend/On your black leather jacket?/Is it you, or your parents/In this income-tax bracket?
1. “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”
You can go ahead and use your imagination to what “smooth liquidation” or “good dividends” means, but after imagining meeting a hot girl in line for the bank, we are pretty sure we are all on the same page:
I want a girl with the smooth liquidation, (smooth liquidation!)/I want a girl with good dividends, (good dividends!)/At Citibank we will meet accidentally, (meet accidentally!)/We start to talk when she borrows my pen.
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