Still Going The Distance 20 Years On: An Interview With Cake’s Xan McCurdy

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If Cake singer John McCrea wasn’t such a smug bastard, his band wouldn’t be half as brilliant. McCrea’s banter takes cracks at the weak and vulnerable, while his smarmy songs are sung half-assed into the hearts of adoring fans. “The muscular cyborg German dudes dance with sexy French Canadians/While the overweight Americans wear their patriotic jumpsuits,” sings McCrea on “Wheels.” McCrea looks like your uncle who lives “up north.” A moderately kept beard and trucker hat complete his generic blue-collar look. He’s just a straight-up dude with an impeccable talent for storytelling, and he’s why Cake is on top of the world.

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