Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 9:00 am
Cake's sixth studio album, the solar-powered Showroom of Compassion, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, a first for the band. Its trademark sound intact, Cake led the sold-out crowd in a rage-releasing "Sick of You" sing-a-long, at what was the fastest selling Mountain Stage show in nearly 20 years. After playing four tracks from Showroom, the band wrapped up its set with two songs from its debut, Motorcade of Generosity: "Jolene" and "Pentagram."
Idiosyncratic heroes of alt-rock, Cake first gained mainstream recognition in the fall of 1996 with the release of its second album, Fashion Nugget. Originally conceived as a reaction against the excess of American rock and grunge, Cake front man John McCrea told Mountain Stage host Larry Groce that the band's signature sound arose from a belief that recording an album that sounded "really puny" was "the most subversive thing you could do in a country like the United States."
This segment originally aired on March 28, 2011.