Cake Brings Music, Sarcasm and Suffering to DC Audience

I grew up in Central Valley of California, much like John McCrea. When Cake was writing songs rich with sarcasm and the vibraslap, I was going to High School just across the causeway from them. For various reasons, most of which had to do with being afraid to see one of my favorite bands (something I’ve conquered twice this year, going to see The Killers and The Wallflowers) in concert, for fear that they wouldn’t live up to my expectations, I hadn’t ever seen them live in concert.

I now wish I hadn’t gone.

I could still enjoy their rapier wit and rockin’ guitar.

However, John McCrea stole that from the audience tonight, frequently pausing to sarcastically lecture the crowd that had paid close to $50 apiece to listen to him sing. We got the sarcastic holier than thou routine about how only 35% of the world has running water. We got the dripping with venom speech in the encore how if we only thought more about the paralyzed war veterans coming home from Iraq, we’d outlaw war. We got the “we’ve seized the means of production, now we’ll be crushed!” speech about how they’ve separated from their major label.

It was too much to fucking bear. I’m not overtly political in my day to day life, but it’s not like I don’t keep up. Cake is not Slayer, folks, nor are they Hootie and the Blowfish. And here in DC, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone who works in the political sphere, and by lecturing them from the stage tonight, John, you brought people back into work. Thanks, asshole. I didn’t need to pay for that, did I?

Especially not to someone who sells their morals with their pendant keychains.

Recognize that you’re a frivolity of a well-to-do world, an entertainment option for the erudite and educated, who likely give more to charity than they do to musicians.

Shut the fuck up and play guitar, John. That’s all I want.

5 Comments so far

  1. Kendra (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    Happens all the time when bands play DC. Maybe you should drive down to NC next time or something.


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    Of all the concerts I’ve seen this year, this was the first to be filled with such self-righteousness.


  3. Tiffany (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    You know, I’ve gone to several concerts here this year, and several in years past, and haven’t run into that kind of blatant bullshit even once… until Cake.


  4. Amy (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    But… how do you afford you rock & roll lifestyle, John McCrea?

    That’s seriously too bad. They seemed to be self-aware with their pseudo-hypocrisy in their music, but I guess things aren’t as they sound.


  5. Tiffany (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    Criticizing the culture is fine, but you have to acknowledge that by making your living as an artist, your existence depends on society’s surplus wealth. So maybe don’t take such a disdainful tone towards people who have some, k?

    In other words, don’t take my money with one hand and give me the finger with the other.



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