Cake Talks About Whether Humor Belongs In Music

Since breaking onto the music scene back in 1994 with the song "Rock & Roll Lifestyle," a satirical take on the pomp and circumstance of alternative rock, the Sacramento-based Cake has become known for its wry sense of humor and frontman John McCrea's sardonic delivery.

After scoring hits with "The Distance" and a cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" from its last record, "Fashion Nugget," Cake has returned with its third album, "Prolonging the Magic," which last week debuted in Billboard's Top 10 Alternative Album chart.

On "Magic," Cake again strikes a familiar balance between the serious and the comedic -- a dichotomy which McCrea said was intended to reflect how life really is.

"There is nothing that is pure in this world," McCrea told MTV News, "there is no pure tragedy. There's always a piece of lint on the tip of the nose of the man who's saying good-bye to his woman for

five years, somebody's on their deathbed and somebody has gas. I mean, that's what life is." [28.8 RealVideo]

"[Humor in music] makes Baby Boomers uncomfortable," he added, "because they believe that music has to be serious and that Neil Young is God. I think Neil Young is great, but these [music journalists], a lot of times, really believe in the mythology of rock, and I don't. I just think it's music workers creating music product for people."

The video for Cake's new single, "Never There," is currently in rotation here on MTV, and the band is scheduled to play the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Sunday.