Short Skirt/Long Jacket

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"Short Skirt/Long Jacket"
Single by Cake
from the album Comfort Eagle
Released 2001
Format CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative rock, funk rock
Length 3:24
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) John McCrea
Producer(s) Cake
Cake singles chronology
"Sheep Go to Heaven"
"Short Skirt/Long Jacket"
"Arco Arena"

"Short Skirt/Long Jacket" is the first single by American alternative rock band Cake from their 2001 album Comfort Eagle. It is often misconceived to be named 'I Want a Girl'.

Music video[edit]

The associated music vox pop video is composed entirely of people listening to the song on headphones and their reactions. Responses include enthusiasm, critique, and apathy; some dance, while one Ralph Walbridge, poet, gives the headphones back partway through, stating "uh..I've heard it all a million times, all the way back to all of the old records -which were much better- when they first came out, back in the 40s." Other comments include Bruce Thiessen's "as a psychologist, I'd have to say it has therapeutic value because it releases something deep inside".

MuchMusic released an official "Canadian" version of the video that uses footage of people in Toronto, near its headquarters. The video humorously censors some foreign words spoken by non-English speakers due to the words' strange pronunciations.

There were various versions of this music video. The Mexican version was directed by Alejandro "Chicle" and edited by Alejandro Davalos Cantu.

Track listing[edit]

Initial pressing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"   3:24
2. "Arco Arena" (vocal version) 2:10
3. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" (video)  

Alternate pressing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" (LP version) 3:24
2. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" (radio mix) 3:23

Uses in other media[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
Bubbling Under the Hot 100 19
Adult Top 40 31
Modern Rock Tracks 7



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