Mike Doughty, Stan Ridgway, Cake

You probably know them all by sound if not by name.

Cake: Going the Distance and Short Skirt, Long Jacket – great video. Nothing’s funnier than people who hate your music.

Ridgway: Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo).

Doughty: Super Bon Bon and Soundtrack to Mary (Soul Coughing).

All three with a similar weirdo-clever-nasally-talky-singing storytelling style. Which I love. But you don’t have to.

Ridgway is now recording as part of Drywall, a self-described “electro/experimental noise combo”. Wall of Voodoo continued to record strange music after his departure, with “Way in the Back of the Laundromat” being a highlight of one album. (Lyrical description of the beautiful woman the narrator spies there, as I remember it: “Hair of gold / skin like silk / like a golden sunrise on a sea of milk“.)

A recent discovery that reminded me of all three of them: Flobots. Frankly, I’d say ignore the video and just listen. It sneaks up on you that way.


3 thoughts on “Mike Doughty, Stan Ridgway, Cake

  1. i saw cake live, they rocked! i love thier lyrics, makes me think i can write lyrics. all i have to do is say what i did that morning in a certain meter and BAM, cake lyrics.

    i woke up this morning and brushed my teeth. my teeth, they needed brushing. i went to the movie but you were talking and so you needed sushing. say it just right and see, cake lyrics.

  2. She’s changing her name from Kitty to Karen
    She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron

    Top five lyrics in music history right there.

    Which reminds me to do a post in honor of The Bobs sometime.

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