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Success is the icing on the Cake

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Story published in the Vancouver Sun on February 4, 2011.


“I can’t tell you how happy I am that we weren’t squashed like a bug.”

John McCrea sounds thrilled. Over the phone from a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., the vocalist for the Sacramento-based alt-rock band Cake is taking in the latest news surrounding their new album, Showroom Of Compassion.

The disc, which features Cake’s famously eclectic and minimalist sound, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts in its debut week. Sure, the band knocked Taylor Swift down a notch, but that’s not really McCrea’s cause for celebration.

Cake has what McCrea calls the “dubious” honour of being the lowest-selling debut album to claim the top spot ever, with a mere 44,000 copies sold.

“I think it’s perfect in some ways, because we’ve never been about bigness or No. 1 or anything, so I think it’s a perfect No. 1 that also sets the record for smallest No. 1 album,” he says with a laugh.

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