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Novelty Song Friday #1 — Thrills, by Cake

With the weather getting better, I was in the mood to listen to some Cake, which always brings me up. I chose one of their albums I don’t listen to as much as the others. On it are songs I forgot about but really enjoy. One of them is what I consider a novelty song.

*“Knowing how way leads on to way,” it inspired me to begin a new feature on the blog. Novelty Song Friday will begin today and continue until who-knows-when. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I’m going to enjoy posting them.

Per wikipedia:
B-Sides and Rarities (originally referred to as just Rarities on the band’s website) is a rarities compilation album by Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. It features several cover songs, including Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Originally, Columbia Records requested the band to release a greatest hits compilation, but the band promptly refused. During the legal fall-out, Cake formed its own record label, Upbeat Records, and released B-Sides and Rarities.

A limited edition version of the album [which I have] features a bonus track, a live version of “War Pigs” featuring Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips. It also features a scratch and sniff cover with “five different CD cover/scent variations (including red/fresh cut roses[this is the one I got], brown/leather, green/fresh cut grass, purple/grape, and yellow/banana).”

Thrills” is my choice today, which is a cover of a song by The Chakachas originally titled “Stories.”

 

 

Man is Born,
Man Lives,
Man Dies…
And it’s all Vanity.

And that’s about the way it is in the merry-go-round

You get on…
You go around…
Standing in the saddle…

Man is Born,
Man Lives,
Man Dies…
And it’s all vanity.

He tries thrills.

He said I gave myself to enjoy pleasure.

What are teenagers doing today?

They’re trying every thrill there is in the books.

We got color TV,
But it still isn’t satisfying.

Man is Born,
Man Lives,
Man Dies….
And it’s all vanity.

(Shouts-kind of non-understandable)
You can’t understand it,
It’s going so loud,
And so-forth and they’re wiggling and wobbling around
And everything else,
And-and yet they’re not satisfied
And these disc jockies,
They hear the tune and it’s different!

Man is Born,
Man Lives,
Man Dies….

And it’s all Vanity.

You can’t understand it,
It’s going so loud,
And so-forth and they’re wiggling and wobbling around
And everything else,
And-and yet they’re not satisfied
And these disc jockies,
They hear the tune and it’s different!
Hears the tune and it’s different!

Man is Born,
Man Lives,
Man Dies…
And it’s all Vanity.

*line from Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken

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