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Home Improvements

by My Friend The Chocolate Cake

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Five Sisters 05:42
Seek 04:40
John Patap 02:46
Movement 04:48
Malaise 04:44


released September 30, 2021

Produced by Tim Cole and David Bridie

Home Improvements was recorded at the Enormodome and Newmarket studios, and mixed at the Soft Centre and Laundry Goat and the Enormodome in the middle months of 2006.
Recorded and mixed by Tim Cole, except for Carnies, Home Improvements and Pentecostal Girl, mixed by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat.
Occasional engineering by Adam Hutterer

Mastered by Ross Cockle
Lyrics by David Bridie
All song arrangements by My Friend the Chocolate Cake

My Friend the Chocolate Cake are:
David Bridie piano, singing, harmonium
Helen Montfort cello, backing vocals
Hope Csutoros violin
Greg Patten drums, ukulele, bys
Dean Addison double bass
Andrew Richardson acoustic guitar
Andrew Carswell mandolin, tin whistle

And a very special guest, the self proclaimed worst accordion player in the southern hemisphere (perhaps the world)…the impeccable Mr David Abuiso on The Forgotten Athletes of Persia and Lagavulin.
Matt Stonehouse plays percussion on The Forgotten Athletes of Persia.

Thanks to: Rachel C, Jon Casimir, Bernard Galbally, Warren and Paul Costello, Dean McLachlan, Brooke Harry, Andrew McRae, Chris G, Chris Scallan, Adam Hutterer, Maureen Johnson, Felix Bride, Mary Callahan, Luke Flood, Michael, Jackson, Alice, Darren, Roxie and the three Charlies, Anne, Phoebe, Emily, Karen, Leroy, Jo, Kyla and Koots, Caroline, Lynne, Winnie, Stella, Manfred, George and the Moab Boys, lan James, Julie Hodges and all at Mushroom Publishing, Revolver Drums, Drumtek, Rik Nicholson and all the loyal Cake fans over the years.

I'm just going outside and I may be some time…
In memory of those we've lost: Danny Sandor, Karin Berg, Matt Saleeba, Stu Speed, Wim Zonggonau, Sue Laws, Grant McLennan, Barry Buckley, Mark Worth, Paul Hester.

All tracks published by Mushroom Music Australia.
Lyrics reproduced with permission.

Cover art ‘D.I.Y’ and design by Lynne Hamilton
Photo of Cake by Pierre Baroni
Photo of 'D.I.Y' by Fred Kroh


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My Friend The Chocolate Cake Melbourne, Australia

Their name alone should have ensured a quiet life. No one dreamed of ARIA awards, two years of sold-out Edinburgh Festival dates or the kind of ageless and eternally devoted audience. Somewhere within the unlikely union of kitchen sink piano tales, vivid chamber orchestration and hell-raising instrumental shenanigans, the Melbourne band has carved out a 20 year, seven album history. ... more

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