Thursday, October 20, 2005

Piece of Cake for the Gambler

Today in Music History:

1962, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monster Mash', it made No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC as it was deemed offensive.
CakeBefore Kenny Rogers sang about Lucille and the Gambler, he fronted a band called the First Edition. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's debut release was the psychedelic song "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," which reached No. 5 in 1968. In the summer of 1969, they had their second Top Ten hit, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". This hit started the band in a folksy direction and that's all I'm gonna say about Kenny because this post is about Cake.

It's about Cake because they do a killer version of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". When I first heard Cake back in 1996 I was blown away by the bands style. I loved how they blended hip-hop, country, new wave pop, jazz, and guitar rock into their songs. The speak-singing dead pan vocal style of frontman John McCrea made me a bigger fan. For some reason critics just love to hate this band and called them one hit wonders when The Distance came out. If you ask me Fashion Nugget is a brilliant piece of work. Many years later Cake is still around, much to the chagrin of the critics. But I digress.

I'm not sure when they recorded Ruby, as I accidentally stumbled across it a couple years ago in some fan forum or someplace. Can't quite remember. Anyway let me say this first, the guitar in this song is incredible. I have this song on my playlist which is set on random, and whenever it pops up I always listen to it 3 or 4 times before I go onto the next song. Whether You're a Cake lover or hater this one's a keeper.

Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town by Cake
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