Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Holy jeez, this rabbit hole is too damn big. The song that started tonights "oh shit, here we go again" moment is "Baby That's Me," by girl group also rans The Cake. Reading the little blurb at Art Decade, I saw that it was co-written by Jack Nitzsche and Jackie DeShannon. Fuckin' Nitsche. Every time that dude's name comes up it turns into a diversion that lasts way past useful. I've come to terms with his most asshole-ish moments (which, when he was suffering from depression and substance abuse in the seventies were pretty ugly), so it's not that. It's just that the guy was everywhere. He put Mick Jagger and Ry Cooder together on one soundtrack, Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker on another, worked with the Stones, which of course included working with Andrew Loog Oldham, Neil Young, Phil Spector and did his own fair share of producing. Dude was Mr. Producto.

"Baby, It's Me" is from around '66, and my guess, since he co-wrote it, may have been produced by Nitsche, though the reissue liner notes allude to managers Charles Greene and Brian Stone. Regardless, just listen to it. Whoever produced it had the full Wall of Pet Sounds thing going on. There's a couple others by The Cake down there too. These girls were about as hip as it got back then, or so it seems. The liner notes from the reissue can be found here. It's a good read.

The Cake - Baby That's Me mp3 at Art Decade
The Cake - World of Dreams mp3 (via *DivShare) at Surfadelic
The Cake You Can Have Him mp3 (via *DivShare) at Surfadelic 
*Once you get to DivShare, click on the green Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
The Cake - You Can Have Him at YouTube Smothers Brothers show
Frank Converse and The Cake - She's Leaving Home at YouTube Inna Shatner stylee
The Cake's Chelsea Lee with Tiny Tim - I Got You Babe at YouTube Backing band is The Band. From the film You Are What You Eat
Jack Nitzsche at Wikipedia
The Cake bio (from liner notes) at Dangerous Minds

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