Premiere: Sir Bobby Jukebox – 'Birthday Cake'

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Brisbane-based artist Sir Bobby Jukebox is celebrating his birthday in the best way possible with the release of his song and video 'Birthday Cake'. You might be familiar with his work with underground acts such as No Monster Club, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna & Ginnels.

'Birthday Cake' marks the first track from his forthcoming debut LP, which is due for release later this year. The video sees Bobby explore what happens when you throw a birthday party for yourself in the middle of nowhere.

On 'Birthday Cake', he said:
I can’t call Birthday Cake an "answer song" to Jimmy Webb's MacArthur Park (mainly because it offers literally zero answers), but maybe it could be called something like "a companion piece". Despite the fact that Webb’s song has been covered by everyone from Donna Summer to Albus Dumbledore, I also love that it regularly manages to top ‘Worst Song of All Time’ polls. I reckon this is because the lyrics are just too trippy for a smash hit, and it’s usually performed so dramatically that it ends up sounding completely ridiculous and absurd. Of course, these are all things that I strive to achieve with my own music. Another thing that my song and Webb's share is the central mystery of a perfectly edible cake being abandoned to rot, and all of the truly tragic symbolism associated with that. What the hell is wrong with some people?!

Listen to 'Birthday Cake' by Sir Bobby Jukebox below.

Written by Amy Smolcic