September 26, 2013

"I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket..."



A reader sent me that, with the message: "This is right up your alley I think."

28 comments:

Inga said...

Im not sure how this is up your alley, unless Meade sent it to you. It kind of sucks. Sorry if the person who sent it to you wrote it or rapped it.

Ron said...

first....the old geezers in the video can get hit by a car...from the 1940's. Happy?

second...this will be the dance music at the first AlthouseParty for the common taters! Like the comments themselves, you will be vetted! Bring your B+ game, and make Ann work for the A game! Sausage, cheese and beer are pro forma! Meade can spin platters, and we set our drinks on coasters with various Constitutional Amendments on them...

third....I need some more Cake!

Ann Althouse said...

I want to be the girl with the most cake.

Saint Croix said...

I want to be the girl with the most cake.

Here's Bow Wow Wow singing I Want Candy.

TML said...

All the names and professions reminded me of the way The Onion does "American Voices"

Saint Croix said...

Women rarely sing about lust. They sing love songs, or relationship songs, or about heartbreak. They might sing an angry song. Women will sing about all sorts of things.

But I can't think of a woman singing a guy's name over and over.

It's funny how men will do that. Barbara Ann. Gloria. Cecilia. It's a very specific, very obsessive type of song, and men do it all the time.

sane_voter said...

I started the video and immediately realized, this is theme song to "Chuck"!

Loved that show . . .

Ann Althouse said...

"But I can't think of a woman singing a guy's name over and over."

"Eddie My Love."

"Bobby's Girl."

Ann Althouse said...

"Bobby's Girl."

(fixing the link)

The Godfather said...

God that's awful. "I'm glad I'm not young anymore."

David said...

"Jimmy Mack"

"Ode to Billy Joe."

"Me and Bobby McGee."

"Johnny Angel"

"Will You Marry Me, Bill?"

Samples only. It's a long list.

David said...

Love the song by the way.

dhagood said...

the cake is a lie!

Mary Beth said...

I guess they didn't watch "Chuck". That song played during the opening of the show.

Some of the comments did not seem that sincere. It's like they thought that if they said something nice their comment would be on the radio or quoted in an ad.

God that's awful. "I'm glad I'm not young anymore."

9/26/13, 9:02 PM


I have it in my iTunes library and I'm not young anymore.

Robert Cook said...

The song was...okay. Not awful, not memorable.

B.N.Duncan, identified as "street vendor," was a self-published cartoonist (and published by R. Crumb when Crumb edited WEIRDO magazine), and chronicler of the homeless in Berkley:

Bruce N. Duncan

q12345q6789 said...

Firstly, I am a fan of the band and their music/sound.

Secondly, I love how "meta" this music video is. I honestly put it in the top 50 music videos ever.
At the burgeoning height of this band's success they make a video with people talking over their song, often critical or even indifferent. It's an "anti-music-video" insomuch as music videos were *always* implicitly about selling the music. This video is about selling Cake's intangible attitude towards pop-culture expectations, criticism, and at the same time coming off as a band who knows how to have fun at their own expense (literally). And, yes, I get that selling attitude has always been a part of Rock/Pop/Music Videos too. BUT, to release a video in the 90's, when you are just starting to break it big; that purposely obfuscates your (catchy) song is... top 50 material in my book.

P.S. Also fun, how it predates by a decade "viral videos" and "social media" but incorporates comments that would someday belong on a YouTube page for the same video/song.

Chris said...

Cake rocks! One of the absolute best bands to come out of the last decade.

MoonPie said...

"With fingernails that shine like justice"

One of my favorite lines from rock music in the last 10 years.

madAsHell said...

Hmmm....I don't recall the TV show, but I do recall the music. Who's the vocalist??

Douglas said...

Saint Croix wrote: "Women rarely sing about lust." That may be true as a general matter, but then there is Liz Phair, e.g., "Johnny Feelgood" and "Supernova."

Cake is very tasty though. Their video for "Mustache Man (Wasted)" is hysterical.

Doug said...

"Short Skirt and Long Jacket" was my first taste of Cake (!) and they are a most unique blend of vocal, lyric and instrumental energy. Get "Fashion Nugget" (Parental Guidance Suggested) and listen to "'Friend' is a Four-Letter Word". Also, great driving songs 1)"Long Line of Cars" and 2)"Stick Shifts and Safety Belts". All fun the fiftieth time you play them.

bobwirka said...

There is another version of this song with a faster tempo. Flows much better.

Mountain Maven said...

A great song! On my ipod for years. I know a woman who embodies it.

eddie willers said...

"Women rarely sing about lust."

Lucinda Williams does....and does it well.

Robert said...

You want Cake?

Here's Cake with an awsome twist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4yvvCv79QY

Resistance is useless. It is useless to resist it.

Robert said...

You want Cake?

Here's Cake with an awsome twist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4yvvCv79QY

Resistance is useless. It is useless to resist it.

Robert said...

Awesome, not awsome.

Fck.

Danno said...

I like Cake, but tend to prefer the songs like "Rock"n" Roll Lifestyle", "Never There" or "No Phone". Great Indie band, snarky attitude, plus a horn section!