Fashion Nugget

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Fashion Nugget
Cake Fashion Nugget.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1996
Cake chronology
Motorcade of Generosity
Fashion Nugget
Prolonging the Magic
Singles from Fashion Nugget
  1. "I Will Survive"
    Released: 1996
  2. "The Distance"
    Released: October 15, 1996
  3. "Frank Sinatra"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
    Released: 1997
  5. "Friend Is A Four Letter Word"
    Released: March 3, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music2/5 stars[5]
In Music We TrustA[6]

Fashion Nugget is the second studio album by alternative rock band Cake. It was released in 1996, and contains 14 songs. "The Distance" and "I Will Survive" became the band's biggest hits.[7] The album was recorded at Paradise Studios in Sacramento, California.[8]

On December 9, 1996, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, and the next year, the album was certified platinum for shipments of one million copies.[9]


The album contains elements of alternative rock,[1] rock,[6] funk,[1][2][10] hip hop,[11][1] rockabilly,[2] jazz,[2] country,[2][6][11] pop rock,[6] folk rock,[6] and Latin music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John McCrea, except where noted.

1."Frank Sinatra" 4:01
2."The Distance"Greg Brown3:00
3."Friend Is a Four Letter Word" 3:22
4."Open Book"Brown, McCrea3:44
5."Daria" 3:44
6."Race Car Ya-Yas"Cake1:21
7."I Will Survive"Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris5:10
8."Stickshifts and Safetybelts" 2:09
9."Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"Osvaldo Farrés, Joe Davis2:24
10."It's Coming Down" 3:44
12."She'll Come Back to Me" 2:24
13."Italian Leather Sofa" 5:52
14."Sad Songs and Waltzes"Willie Nelson3:15


  • John McCrea - lead vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards
  • Greg Brown - electric guitar and keyboards
  • Vince DiFiore - trumpet and percussion
  • Victor Damiani - bass
  • Todd Roper - drums and percussion
  • Greg Vincent - pedal steel guitar (track 12)

Appearances in other media[edit]


Album charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 36
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[14] 48
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[15] 1

Single charts[edit]

Song Chart (1996/1997) Peak
"The Distance" US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[16] 4
"The Distance" US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 38
"I Will Survive" US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[16] 28
"The Distance" US Radio Songs (Billboard)[18] 38
"The Distance" Canadian RPM Alternative 30[19] 5
"The Distance" UK Singles Chart[20] 22


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  2. ^ a b c d e f McKeough, Kevin (1996-10-03). "Cake Fashion Nugget (Capricorn)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Cake: Fashion Nugget". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Cake". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music. Virgin Books. p. 74. ISBN 9780753504277.
  6. ^ a b c d e "In Music We Trust - Cake: Fashion Nugget".
  7. ^ "How Cake Went the Distance With 'Fashion Nugget'".
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  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Search Results: Cake". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  10. ^ "Cake: Fashion Nugget - Mr. Hipster Album Reviews, Music". 18 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Cake - Fashion Nugget". 31 October 1996.
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  13. ^ "Cake Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cake Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cake Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Cake Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Cake Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Cake Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 64, No. 18, December 16, 1996". RPM. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chris C. – CZR".