Appearing as a one-off 7″ single in 1995 (during a speight of similar projects from the likes of King Loser and the 3D’s side-projects such as Chris Heazlewood‘s solo debut Spacious etc), the rather dubiously Australian-themed ‘A Sort of Holiday’ single was something of an undiscovered gem – and the recording debut of Auckland wacko Edmund Cake (aka Edward McWilliams.
Though the single itself went nowhere, Cake later resurfaced as a critical member of bizarro-pop trio Breast Secreting Cake (later redubbed to the slightly less vulgar Bressa Creeting Cake), who in turn released a heck of a debut album and the left-of-centre video-hit Papa People.
What a bizarre little band this one was! Starting off as Breast Secreting Cake, the trio of Joel Milton (drums, tabla, percussion, vibraphone), Geoff Maddock (vocals, acoustic/electric/bass guitars, piano/keyboards, mandolin, vibraphone) and Edmund Cake (vocals, acoustic/electric/bass guitars, percussion) made some of the most diverse, eclectic songs over their short, single album lifespan.
They had to change their name at Creative New Zealand‘s insistence (so that they could get a video grant), and so Bressa Creeting Cake was chosen as the debut album was being prepared.
And what a debut it was!, stretching from the most bizarre, Ween-like take on pop through calypso shuffles, samba numbers and psychedelic freak-outs. College radio success with original single ‘Papa People’ just fueled their fire for the bizarre (their video featured a love scene between a woman and a house-sized Weta (the New Zealand ancestor of the cockroach).
The album in full is a classic, highlighted by ‘The Chip That Sells Millions’ (an ultra-catchy sing-a-long about corn snack flavoring), ‘Rotted Old Bitch’ and the exceedingly chirpy ‘Palm-Singing’. An instant classic that comes highly recommended.
Milton and Maddock went on to form Golden Horse, which has since released a couple of great singles, and an over-rated album. Lastly Edmond Cake surfaced with an album under his own name, then a couple further as Pie Warmer – quite close to the original Bressa Creeting Cake sound.
Joel Milton (Drums/Tabla/Percussion/Vibraphone, 1991 – 1999, 2009)