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Cake — Thrills
Album: B-Sides and Rarities
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 620









Released: 2007
Length: 2:50
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Man is born, man lives, man dies
And it's all vanity
And that's about the way it is with 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 tried 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've got colored TV
But it still isn't satisfying
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 all wigglin' and wobblin' around and everything else and
And yet, they feel unsatisfied
And these disc jockeys they say here is a tune that is different
Hear the tone that is 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 all wigglin' and wobblin' around and everything else and
And yet, they feel unsatisfied
And these disc jockeys they say here is a tune that is different
Hear the tone that is different

Man is born, man lives, man dies
And it's all vanity
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Warren Wiersby is apparently the sampled preacher.
 laozilover wrote:
The instrumental part is, demonstrably, the same as "Stories" by Chakacha (video here).

So far, I have been unable to track down who the preacher is.  One poster claims it is Ken Nordine, but it doesn't, to my ears, sound at all like Nordine.

I thought there might be some answer on CAKE's site, but, if it is there, it is buried.

 
According to some commenters @ SongMeanings.com: Warren Wiersbe is the pastor sampled for this song.

And I bumped my 7 to 8 today.  CAKE is an awesome band and I like!  Long Live RP!!
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Like Cake.  Hate this song.
 

So I hear it today and I moved it from 1 to a 3
Like Cake.  Hate this song.
Reference Ecclesiastes.  
 Asten wrote:
You know, I think I'd really like this song, except the "man lives, man dies" thing needs to be cut in half or less.   That got really old about halfway through.

 
Well, it is the central theme of the song. Without it, you'd just have a pretty instrumental. Not that I'm quite sure what Cake are trying to say...
The instrumental part is, demonstrably, the same as "Stories" by Chakacha (video here).

So far, I have been unable to track down who the preacher is.  One poster claims it is Ken Nordine, but it doesn't, to my ears, sound at all like Nordine.

I thought there might be some answer on CAKE's site, but, if it is there, it is buried.


The "wiggling & wobbling" bridge cracks me up every time.   Does anyone know if this is an actual sample of a sermon or is it just the singer pretending to be a fundie preacher.

You know, I think I'd really like this song, except the "man lives, man dies" thing needs to be cut in half or less.   That got really old about halfway through.
I'm so sick I feel like dieing right now.

Somehow this song goes good with a Ricola!
This Cake is a little dry.
This should really be followed by Frontier Psychiatrist.
(With apologies to SmackDaddy who said it first.)

i'm pretty satisfied with my new large plasma TV
It is just to join the club! I agree so much
 
unclehud wrote:
These guys have SO much talent.  "And it's all vanity."  Amen, brother!
 


needs to be followed by the psychotherapy song - "that boy needs therapy!"
These guys have SO much talent.  "And it's all vanity."  Amen, brother!
This sounds like a good time to stray from my computer.
I love Cake....but this song blows.
i love to wiggle and wobble and everything

 dedawson wrote:
If one listens closely, the words of Solomon can be heard.
 
I was thinking Ecclesiastes.

8 > 9   A genius slice of cake. 

I'm requesting that they play this song at my viewing when I die.


more cake please —-all vanity
 shmuelman wrote:
Don't like Cake - but this song is pretty cool. Sounds a little like the evil Reverend Jim "Jonestown" Jones.  



I was wandering around downtown Dallas around 1974 and met some hippie types who were collecting money for some sort of new commune in South American and tried to talk me into joining them.  I've often wondered if it was Jonestown.


If one listens closely, the words of Solomon can be heard.
I just love these guys. {#Dance}
{#Puke}{#Puke}
Even their B-sides are 10s! The dudes abide! The guitar is especially tasty on this one. Don't normally think of Cake as a guitar band.

If you never have and even if you're not a huge fan of the music there is always interesting news and advice on the website. (8)

https://www.cakemusic.com/
kinda cool even if they're from sax a momentoe

6.6 is about right.

 
Nah.
 TampaPurple wrote:
Once the horn player kicked in, I kicked my rating up a point. I've always loved the way Cake uses the horn.
 
Absolutely. Any band with horns gets another point from me.

c.

 Danimal174 wrote:


Person hears song...person dislikes song...person berates song...

And it's all vanity.
 
{#Lol}

Who couldn't love this tune?

 Wittgenstein wrote:
WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING FUCKING SONG!

VOMIT.
 

Person hears song...person dislikes song...person berates song...

And it's all vanity.


This song makes me feel like wigglin' and wobblin' around!  And it all Vanity...  :-)
ahh - you gotta' love Cake...

i'd recognize those horns anywhere.
"And these Disc Jockeys, they hear the tune and it's different!"

{#Lol}
All of your comments add up to one thing.  Vanity!!!!!!   Cool tune  {#Lol}
I just find them impossible not to like!{#Bounce}
Probably my most favourite Cake song.

'Sides, I listen to RP to hear the tune that is different.

Contrived crap.
COOL - GOT A COOL VIBE!

A LITTLE CLAYPOOL IN THERE SOMEWHERE
 Wittgenstein wrote:

WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING FUCKING SONG!

VOMIT.

 Smoove_D wrote:

Based on this comment and others you've posted, I predict you are the world's most bitter fucking person.

 
Now, now. This poor soul is in the middle of losing his breakfast, and you're picking on him. For shame, for shame. {#Propeller}


hahahahaaaa ... far out.
{#Roflol}
 MonkeyPod wrote:
The song starts, the song plays, the song ends, and it's all vanity...

 

The song starts, the song plays, the mute button is hit.
 shmuelman wrote:
Sounds a little like the evil Reverend Jim "Jonestown" Jones.  

Hmmmm.....would you like some Kool-Aid to go with your Cake?


I love Cake, but don't understand this song. I'd rather hear Mahna Mahna if you're going to pick a song off the Rarities album.
 Wittgenstein wrote:
WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING FUCKING SONG!

VOMIT.
 
Based on this comment and others you've posted, I predict you are the world's most bitter fucking person.

...song is sung,....song dies....I give it a 2......


Love Cake, but they have lost their energy.
I need to see this band live.
8. Just for the lyric.
 aelfheld wrote:
Cake is weird, and this song weirder than their usual effort, but I can't but help like them in general, and this song in particular.
 
I concur.  I may not like a lot of what Cake does, but I'm glad they exist and that they never take themselves too seriously and are always stretching the envelope.  Rock music needs bands like Cake.

I'm not a big fan of Cake but there's something about this song....I kinda like it!  Perhaps it's the samples of the "sermon", reminiscent of Front 242's use of similar takes....
Cake is weird, and this song weirder than their usual effort, but I can't but help like them in general, and this song in particular.
WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING FUCKING SONG!

VOMIT.
This song's got me wigglin' and wobblin' around and everything else.

MonkeyPod wrote:
The song starts, the song plays, the song ends, and it's all vanity...

{#Roflol}


Cool Song! YEAH!!! {#Bananajam} {#Drummer}

reminded me... of a small hypnotic church in KY, would someone snap their fingers ,please!

Don't like Cake - but this song is pretty cool. Sounds a little like the evil Reverend Jim "Jonestown" Jones. Listen to A3's Exile In Coldharbour Lane's "Mao Tse Tung Said" to hear him.
I'm dizzy from the merry-go-round! {#Hearteyes}
 mandolin wrote:
...shades of soul coughing...
 
Yeah - and that Brian Eno - David Burn album from a long time ago. Very cool.

 MonkeyPod wrote:
The song starts, the song plays, the song ends, and it's all vanity...


 
I see what you did there...

The song starts, the song plays, the song ends, and it's all vanity...
mandolin wrote:
...shades of soul coughing...
Very true.
reminds me of richard cheese
the Wikipedia entry made me hungry . . .
...shades of soul coughing...
The singer sounds like Adam Corolla.
sirrus wrote:
Color TV is a gateway drug...
Nice.
Its all vanity!...
Color TV is a gateway drug...
Anyone else hear Bach's cantata BWV 26 in here? "Ach wie flÃŒchtig, ach wie nichtig?" No? Ah well, I guess not.
Me always likey some Cake . . . .
Ecclisiastes 1:14
Professor_C wrote:
If I can only...reach...the...mute.......button.
:chillpill: Perhaps Bill will play some Cure for you...
If I can only...reach...the...mute.......button.
trekhead wrote:
:lol:
Jelani wrote:
...and teh DJ laughs because he fucks a model too....
Dude, that's Soul Coughing!
...and teh DJ laughs because he fucks a model too....
I really like what they do with the imaging on this song; the base is also very nice and tight. I kindof thought that maybe at 192kbs soundstage just collapsed no matter what because most songs on rp sound kindof like that to me; but this song proved that theory wrong.
Very irritating.
smdeeg wrote:
Fun. Reminds me of a thing by MC 900 Ft Jesus. For a second I though it was and I almost fell out of my chair. Anyway, I think I'll check this album out. Thanks Bill.
Exactly, smdeeg! There definitely is some MC900 inside.
This Cake has gone stale.
no thanks.
tomis wrote:
Niiice. I've never heard this before. I like. Anyone know where they sampled that vocal track from? I'd like to hear that insanity in its entirety.
The voice sounds strikingly like Jim White, but it's not from any of his albums that I know of. He's not a preacher, but he could definitely play one on TV.
Fun. Reminds me of a thing by MC 900 Ft Jesus. For a second I though it was and I almost fell out of my chair. Anyway, I think I'll check this album out. Thanks Bill.
very cool and unusual, I knew a psycho preacher like that once!
wasn't some of this used in NYPD Blue when Bobby lay dying?? :think:
Once the horn player kicked in, I kicked my rating up a point. I've always loved the way Cake uses the horn.
Photo-John wrote:
Not usually a fan of Cake. But this track kicks ass. The guitar line is sweet and the vocal loops are great.
Funny, I was thinking just the opposite.
tomis wrote:
Niiice. I've never heard this before. I like. Anyone know where they sampled that vocal track from? I'd like to hear that insanity in its entirety.
Me, too.
Limpopoking wrote:
Reminds me a bit of Brian Eno and David Byrne on that fantastic album, "my life in the Bush of ghosts". It has to be one of my absolute all-time favourite albums.
brilliant album.
Limpopoking wrote:
Reminds me a bit of Brian Eno and David Byrne on that fantastic album, "my life in the Bush of ghosts". It has to be one of my absolute all-time favourite albums.
I was trying to figure this out...knew it reminded me of someone. BINGO. Great stuff.
the sound of loversclub
I understand why it remained a "B-side".
Photo-John wrote:
Not usually a fan of Cake. But this track kicks ass. The guitar line is sweet and the vocal loops are great.
I'm so totally with ya! (I have to admit, I do have a fondness for "Sheep Go to Heaven" or whatever that silly song is....)
ditto! I found a cool version they did of the Manna Manna, and now I play it weekly. ginger wrote:
NEW CAKE!!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! :bananasplit:
black321 wrote:
In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others.
Merriam-Webster online:
Main Entry: van·i·ty Pronunciation: ˈva-nə-tē Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural van·i·ties Etymology: Middle English vanite, from Anglo-French vanité, from Latin vanitat-, vanitas quality of being empty or vain, from vanus empty, vain — more at wane Date: 13th century 1: something that is vain, empty, or valueless 2: the quality or fact of being vain 3: inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance : conceit 4: a fashionable trifle or knickknack 5 a: compact a b: a small case or handbag for toilet articles used by women6 a: dressing table b: a bathroom cabinet containing a sink and usually having a countertop
negativland inspired?
In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others.
NEW CAKE!!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! :bananasplit:
Not usually a fan of Cake. But this track kicks ass. The guitar line is sweet and the vocal loops are great.
FlatCat wrote:
Please make that man stop screaming and making distortion on my speakers. I love some of Cake's stuff. I hate this.
:whisper: The distortion is in the track itself, not your speakers. It's not actually that loud. It is meant to sound like he is overloading his public address system.
Reminds me a bit of Brian Eno and David Byrne on that fantastic album, "my life in the Bush of ghosts". It has to be one of my absolute all-time favourite albums.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
But I do like the Buddhist sermon.
:whisper: "It's from ECCLESIASTES , just like 'TURN,TURN,TURN' by the Byrds", sayeth the former preacher's kid... :beat:
Ecclesiastes 1:2 - Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore", Oh yea its only vanity
Odyzzeuz wrote:
The one Cake song I've heard that I don't hate. And it's a novelty song.
what Cake songs weren't novelty songs? they're just fun like that.
sans wrote:
Reminds me of Twin Peaks.
Good call! I know exactly what you're talking about...
Dig this Groove - :tongue:
Niiice. I've never heard this before. I like. Anyone know where they sampled that vocal track from? I'd like to hear that insanity in its entirety.
"...philosophy, it's the talk on a cereal box..." 3.
never would have guessed this was cake
Reminds me of Twin Peaks.
But I do like the Buddhist sermon.
Please make that man stop screaming and making distortion on my speakers. I love some of Cake's stuff. I hate this.
Great groove!