Fashion Nugget

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Fashion Nugget
Cake Fashion Nugget.jpg
Studio album by Cake
Released September 17, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock, alternative country, post-punk
Length 48:36
Label Capricorn Records
Producer Cake
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)[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music2/5 stars[5]

Fashion Nugget is the second studio album by Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. It was released in 1996, and contains 14 songs. "The Distance" became one of the band's biggest hits. 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.[6]

In the United States, the album received a Parental Advisory sticker for profanity in the songs "Nugget" and "I Will Survive," a cover of the Gloria Gaynor song that originally did not have any profanity.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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 - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 36
Heatseekers 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "The Distance" Hot 100 Airplay 35
Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1997 "I Will Survive" Modern Rock Tracks 28


  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1996-09-17). "Fashion Nugget - Cake". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ 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. 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. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Search Results: Cake". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 

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