So, here's the first one:
First heard it in: 1997?
If you haven't at least heard the hits from Fashion Nugget ("I Will Survive" and "Going The Distance"), you probably weren't alive in 1996. "I Will Survive" is one of the best covers of an R&B songs ever made. "Going The Distance" was a staple at the time, and a song that is hard not to like.
Despite its excellent singles, I never bought this album until last year. I had heard it as a teenager, and I actually enjoyed it... But for some reason, I never bought it. I think what sold me on it the second time around is the wide array of influences contained herein (that sort of thing just would not have appealed to me as much 15 years ago). You have a Willie Nelson cover, a folksy toe-tapper in "Stickshifts and Safetybelts", the completely off-kilter and discordant "Open Book", and clever lyrics and horns strewn all about.
I don't like Cake's subsequent albums as much, but they hit it out of the ballpark on this one.
- The Distance
- I Will Survive
- Stickshifts and Safetybelts
- Italian Leather Sofa