Interview: John McCrea of CAKE
I first heard of CAKE in college, circa 1998. I walked in my dorm room as my roommate was playing some music. It was unlike anything I'd heard before. It was an amalgam of jazz, blues, soul, rock, and pop. The amazing trumpet added a hearty helping of funk. The lyrics didn't make a lot of sense. I was especially attracted to the lead singer's distinct vocal style, who sounded like he was half-singing, half speaking the lyrics, but not quite in a Bob Dylan manner. It was more like the singer was mildly amused by the song and was going along with everyone else. For the rest of that year, that CD was in constant rotation at our dorm room, especially the song "Never There," which became one of CAKE's greatest hits.