Short Skirt/Long Jacket – Cake

Oh the power of advertising. The indie world knew who Cake were before the iPod was invented thanks mostly to their slow languid cover version of I Will Survive.

But this horny mix of Seinfeld bass slaps and Knack style riffing will forever be remembered as an Apple advert with silhouetted Hipsters bopping about with their white headphones in. That white wire between earbud and iPod never tangling or catching on anything.

That’s both a blessing and a curse. Cake are a bit of an indie treasure. They fit in the non threatening arty clever category alongside Franz Ferdinand and Lambchop.

“I want a girl with a mind like a diamond, I want a girl who knows what’s best, I want a girl with shoes that cut and eyes that burn like cigarettes”

They’re a lot of fun in that quirky Big Bang Theory kind of way. The list of desirable attributes continues;

“I want a girl who gets up early, I want a girl who stays up late, I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity who uses a machete, to cut through red tape”

So far so yuppie dream. This is like Patrick Bateman’s online dating profile.

“With fingernails that shine like justice and a voice that is dark like tinted glass, She is fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack, She’s touring the facilities and picking up slack”

It’s a bit of a timeless number in a low key way. First released as the bands debut single in 2001. Apple used it in 2010. I’m banging on about it in 2018. But it sounds kinda 80’s.

That gap in the beat after the “Loooooonnng Long Jacket” still catches people out on the floor I’m sure.

11 thoughts on “Short Skirt/Long Jacket – Cake

  1. Man, you just can’t go wrong with Cake. Some of our greatest musical offerings–and often ones that get too easily discounted–are the acts that take their music oh so seriously in one respect, but not seriously at all in another. Listen to the music of any Cake song, and you’ll find high art. Still, there’s a self-deprecation that says, “We’re not much different than those monkeys playing their cymbals.” This is one of their best, and it’s just one of those songs that can take any bad mood and crush it. Put this one high on your songs to listen to in the doldrums list. Thanks for this one.

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  2. My hometown heros! Consistently deliver memorable performances. John McCrea and his date brushed by me when I was in line for a new years eve performance at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. She wasn’t in a short skirt and long jacket but the two stood out in a crowd. They were hard to miss. It was a great show. Love the post!

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  3. A fine tune – they’re one of those groups that’s instantly identifiable, the somewhat spoken vocals with the trumpet (and catchy bass/riffs as you noted).
    Cake is one of those niche groups for me: I like them, but I don’t have any need to hear anyone else sounding like them!

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  4. I own Cake’s discography. They are one of the few bands I saw live, at the Royal Oak Music Theater, a very small venue, so we got really close up to them. Every one in that theater knew every one of their songs and sang along, which had to have levitated the building with its energy.

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