This picture accompanied CAKE's poll that ran from July 1, 2009 to July 13, 2009. Hopefully it doesn't reflect CAKE's opinion of the game!
[Update: apparently it does.]
Words straight from CAKE manager Tommy Manzi himself.
7/21/09 | 9/9/08 | 3/17/08 | 3/16/08
"...music that defies simple-minded pop paradigms."
- Los Angeles Times
"...a small number of bands can claim an actual catalog of worthwhile tunes.
Count CAKE in that category..."
- Oakland Tribune
"Every now and then, a band with actual personality
sneaks onto the modern rock radio playlist."
- Washington Times
"Every time I play Rock Band now,
after a few songs, I start wishing for some CAKE."
Platter of Contents
Because this "first post" is five posts long.
- This post contains...Part 0.1: What You Can Do
Part 1: Introduction To CAKE
Part 1.2: Music Videos
- Post 2 contains...Part 2: CAKE Songs That YOU Want in Rock Band
Part 2.2: A Few Select Quality Comments
- Post 3 & Post 4 contain...Part 3: CAKE Songs That DO Belong in Rock Band
- Post 5 contains...Part 4: CAKE Songs That DO NOT Belong in Rock Band
==============================These are some of the many ways to get the word out that we want CAKE in Rock Band:
What You Can Do
Because I can't do this on my own.
- Vote "Yes" in the above poll.
- Reply to this thread, listing the songs you want to play in Rock Band and why you want them. Even if it's only one song, every vote counts! Or just express your love for the band.
- Tell all your Rock Band and CAKE-loving friends about this thread.
- Visit CAKE's official site and participate in the constantly changing message board. (From here, click "Current Results".)
- If all that still doesn't satisfy you, and you want to do more, then contact CAKE!- Visit CAKE's MySpace page and message them or leave a comment on their page.
- E-mail CAKE. According to this page on their official site, "...all mail will be read."
- E-mail CAKE's manager, Tommy Manzi (for The Umbrella Group)
- If you prefer, write CAKE a letter the old-fashioned way!CAKE
3104 "O" Street, Box 109
Sacramento, CA 95816
==============================Credit goes to jr174200 for his threads "Top 20 Phish Songs for Rock Band DLC" and "Official Modest Mouse DLC Thread," which inspired me to fuse aspects of each into this thread.
Introduction To CAKE
Because quite a few of you have yet to be introduced to the band.
But even more credit goes to CAKE for being the best band ever. (That's my opinion.)
Wait, is that a trumpet? Yeah. It is. And it's ingeniously prominent on most CAKE songs.
I've posted in all the threads with "CAKE" in the title, and in other relevant threads. So what's the next step? To make an Official CAKE DLC Thread, of course!
CAKE is a band you either love to death or haven't heard of. There's no "hating them" option. Though, if you really do hate them, I beg you to tell me why. I respect your opinion, and even though I am obviously a huge fan of the band, I realize they aren't for everyone. I am also very adamant on valuing others' taste in music - a common courtesy many on these forums seem to lack. I am just curious what you don't enjoy about them. That said...
They've had hits such as "The Distance," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," "I Will Survive," and "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle," among others. Singer-songwriter and guitarist John McCrea's lyrics are sophisticated, witty, humorous, sardonic, sarcastic, quirky, uplifting, intelligent and meaningful -- somehow, all at the same time. Their sound is varied, yet distinctive. They defy being classified into any one genre. Rock? Pop? Alternative Rock? Soul? Geek Rock? Country? Hip-Hop? Jazz? Rap? New Wave Pop? White-Boy Funk? YES! When you hear CAKE, you know it's CAKE!
Their major releases so far.
CAKE is a perfect fit for Rock Band. Their basslines are so catchy that, when in Band Quickplay, the two guitarists would be arguing over who gets to play bass instead of guitar. (No, really.) That's not to say the guitarists aren't incredibly talented also, because they most definitely are. The drums aren't the most complex patterns, but they're fun! John McCrea's style of singing means we'd see a lot of "talky parts." But that's okay! Each song is rich, and filled with only the best sounds from each instrument. I know it's fanboyish and biased to say, but CAKE has the winning formula for turning out one masterpiece after another. Of course I like some songs better than others, but each one just has that ... feel to it, you know?
CAKE was a major label band since their first release in 1994 (Capricorn for the first three, Columbia for the next two), but always managed to fly just under the radar. Big enough to go platinum on a couple albums, but small enough to not be known by every living soul. That's one thing I love so much about them. They make music because they love making music. In fact, they just recently decided that being a major label band wasn't for them. So they created their own record label, Upbeat Records. The first release on the label is their newest B-Sides and Rarities. I mean, honestly, how many successful bands out there go from being a major label band to an independent band? I know there are quite a few, but it's awesome that CAKE is on that list now.
CAKE performing live at their very own Unlimited Sunshine Tour in December '07.
The point of this thread is to organize all the CAKE fans in one place, a friendly place to discuss their music and recommend their songs for DLC. If you've posted in other threads, please post whatever you've said there in here, too! I'm only gonna take others' suggestions from this thread. I know a lot of you out there love CAKE. I've seen proof over the last few months, with posts that only affirm the band. I've yet to see a single post of anyone saying they don't like CAKE. So I finally gave in to making an official thread.
Yeah, that's my car. So what? Oh, and the joke "Your CAKE got frosted!" has been made.
Now, let's show Harmonix how much we really want CAKE in Rock Band! Feel free to show any pictures or videos of anything relating to the band CAKE! Or, simply express through words your love for them. Your feedback is the whole reason I'm doing this!
==============================These are all official music videos made by the band for the fans. I'm listing them chronologically.
Making it easy to see how much fun these songs would be!
Note: these videos are also found in the next few posts. I just thought it'd be convenient to list them chronologically here.
Motorcade of Generosity (1994)
Fashion Nugget (1996)
Prolonging the Magic (1998)
Comfort Eagle (2001)
Pressure Chief (2004)