Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive is one of the ultimate disco songs, and it's amazing how much staying power it's had over the decades. This 1979 anthem of empowerment and survival certainly helped resurrect Gaynor's star power after her first hit, Never Can Say Goodbye, hit the charts in 1974.
The band Cake was a staple of the mid- to late 1990s and early 2000s. Their quirky beats and vocals were on terrific display in songs like 1996's The Distance, Never There and Let Me Go in 1998, and 2001's Short Skirt/Long Jacket. They brought their trademark style to a 1996 cover version of Gaynor's hit, and while it's vintage Cake, it doesn't veer too far from the original.
Here's Cake's version:
And for a trip down memory lane, here's the incredible Ms. Gaynor's version:
Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:
Borderline by The Counting Crows
How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee
Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen
I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls
Only You by Joshua Radin
Pure Imagination by Maroon 5
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton
What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso
Poker Face by Daughtry
Back to Black by Ronnie Spector