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Episode 15: John McCrea of Cake

John McCrea is a founding member of the band Cake. Out of Northern California, Cake formed in the early nineties as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge. John grew up in an area where country meets mariachi meets post-punk and classic rock, a place where Sly and the Family Stone played on the same AM radio stations as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, and Chic.

Following the self-release of their debut album, “Motorcade of Generosity,” the band was signed to Capricorn Records in 1995 and released their first single, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle,” which hit number 35 on the Modern Rock Tracks music chart and was featured on MTV’s “120 Minutes.” Cake’s second album, 1996’s “Fashion Nugget,” went platinum on the strength of its lead single, “The Distance.” “Prolonging the Magic,” the band’s third album, was released in 1998 and went platinum. The band released “Showroom of Compassion” in 2011, which became Cake’s first album to debut at the top of the Billboard charts.

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