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"Chocolate Cake" is a 1991 song by Australian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface.

"Chocolate Cake"
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Single by Crowded House
from the album Woodface
B-side"As Sure as I Am", "Anyone Can Tell"
ReleasedJune 1991
Format7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded1989
GenrePop rock
Length4:02
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn, Tim Finn
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom, Neil Finn
Crowded House singles chronology
"I Feel Possessed"
(1989)
"Chocolate Cake"
(1991)
"Fall at Your Feet"
(1991)

Contents

History and descriptionEdit

The song was not originally intended as the lead single, as it was more intended for "It's Only Natural" to be the lead track. However, despite this, "Chocolate Cake" was released as the album's lead single. Despite performing marginally better than the singles from Temple of Low Men in the United States, the song was thought to offend due to its lyrics and the song gained only moderate performance in the US, as it referred to Americans having an "excess of fat on your American bones".[1] The song reached number two on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, while also peaking at number 20 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, number 62 on the Danish chart[citation needed], and number 69 on the UK Singles Chart.

The B-sides featured are "As Sure as I Am", a song from Woodface, and "Anyone Can Tell", which was intended for release on the album however was not released due to the amalgamation of the Woodface project with the Finn Brothers project. The song later appeared on the rarities collection Afterglow and was released as its lead promotional single.

TracksEdit

  • "Chocolate Cake": written by Neil Finn and Tim Finn
  • "As Sure as I Am", "Anyone Can Tell": written by Neil Finn
  • Both "Chocolate cake" and "As sure as I am" are from the album "Woodface". "Anyone can tell" is an outtake from the "Woodface" sessions, later to be released on the album "Afterglow"

Single releaseEdit

Released in UK as CD single and 7" vinyl and in US as cassette

  1. "Chocolate Cake" - 4:02
  2. "As Sure as I Am" - 2:53

EP releaseEdit

Released in UK as CD single and 12" vinyl and in US and Japan as CD

  1. "Chocolate Cake" - 4:02
  2. "As Sure as I Am" - 2:53
  3. "Anyone Can Tell" - 3:37

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 34
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 24
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 69
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 2

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[10] 65

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bailey, Marck, ed. (20 February 1995). "Chocolate Cake". etext.org. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Crowded House – Chocolate Cake". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Crowded House – Chocolate Cake" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1570." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 31, 1991" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Crowded House – Chocolate Cake" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Crowded House – Chocolate Cake". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Crowded House Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  10. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.