#4 – Cake – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” – (2001)

Cake has some of the coolest album art of any band. It’s consistently cool. And so are their album titles. They’ve had their hits over the years but this is far and away the best of them. It later became famous as the (instrumental) theme song for the awesome TV series Chuck. It’s also my ringtone. What’s great about this song? Let’s start with the lyrics: they’re brilliant. I can’t say more without listing them all right here (“She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron” – seriously? I love that). Then there’s that Cake signature sound: flat lyric delivery backed up by bass and brass. Bass and brass: it’s the gateway to the musical part of my heart. One of the best songs ever.