I actually managed to hear this one on the drive home from Walmart on the Interstate. It always seems that when this one pops up I’m stuck in traffic or on town streets with stop signs and stoplights. There’s a CD by a former front man to a country-but-not-really-country band that was around nearly a decade ago that is the best driving disc ever. In fact, when not in a car, I am lukewarm on the CD. It never fails that when Clancy and I are listening to it on the open road, we’re about to hit snow, traffic, or something else to slow us down.

I’d never actually seen the video for this classic and am actually pretty impressed with it. I used to get into sorta-debates with some people who called this a “racing song”. Well yeah, it’s a racing song if you completely disregard the metaphor. The video, to its credit, doesn’t.

Of course, even knowing it’s not about racing exactly, it sure feels that way when behind the wheel of a car when it comes on.

For those of you that got sick of the song way back when, here’s another Cake song that you may be less familiar with if you’re not a fan about pretentious music scene people:

And lastly, here’s a song associated with someone else. Their version doesn’t stack up with the original, but it’s still fun.

The video is not particularly relevant to the song.

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5 Responses to Hit Coffee Weekend: Cake

  1. stone says:

    Man, Mr. Tone and I always *hated* “The Distance.” Typical bummy creative guy snarking at men with professional jobs.

  2. trumwill says:

    Interesting. I don’t actually take it as being strictly about professional jobs or work. I take it be about any obsession that takes us away from our loved ones. In fact, what it makes me think of most is Everquest and the obsession that some guys had for it and the relationships it ruined. A guy stuck at the office is not far behind, though.

    I don’t know if John McCrea is married, but if he is I bet he spent far more time away from his wife than does Mr. Tone. I kinda thought it was probably inspired by that. {shrug}

  3. David Alexander says:

    I actually managed to hear this one on the drive home from Walmart on the Interstate.

    Out of sheer curiosity, how far are you from a Wal-Mart?

  4. Kirk says:

    I had no idea that the racing song was a metaphor. D’oh!

  5. trumwill says:

    David, about 20 minutes away. I think the city of Soundview has some anti-Walmart ordinance or the activists have prevented one from being built. There are none in Soundview and two of the three most local are (or seem to be) on Reservations.

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