"Flake" features Ben Harper on Weissenborn slide guitar.
"Flake" was a minor success for Johnson in the United States, being his first entry on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, at #73. It was a major success in New Zealand, reaching the top ten where it peaked at #6. It remains Johnson's sole top 10 hit and his most successful single there.
Despite being only a minor success in the United States in chart position, peaking at #22 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, it is a popular song in live performances and still garners radio airplay.