I Will Survive (5:09)

Cover of Fashion Nugget

From Fashion Nugget and 20 other releases

Cake covered “I Will Survive” in 1996 on the album Fashion Nugget. This is Gloria Gaynor’s least favorite version of the song, due to its use of profanity: lead singer John McCrea altered the line “I should have changed that stupid lock” to “I should have changed my fucking lock.”

The music video for Cake’s version features John McCrea as a parking control officer who is writing tickets in San Francisco, often at the expense of normally happy people (such as a newly wed couple). This is combined with footage of Todd Roper playing in the streets, Victor Damiani playing on top of a car, and Greg Brown playing in a crowded courtyard. The runner from the video for “The Distance” is seen running by in the background of one scene [02:01].


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At first I was afraid, I was petrified
I kept thinking I could never
live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights

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  • mostlyabsent

    Survive Style 5+. So good.

    16 Apr 11:05am Reply

    still one of the best cover versions ever....

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • cthomas2

    wow this is awful

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Sauk3rl

    grrrrrreat !

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • cadaver11

    "This is Gloria Gaynor’s least favorite version of the song, due to its use of profanity..." Oops!

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Yer_Ropes

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Abbas-P

    "And you see me..." HAHA :D One of the best covers ever!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Trapper3519

    Love this -

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • headey

    Great. Never heard this version before. S'pose this demonstrates a true artist -it is so nearly awful but it is actually brilliant. :)

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • d1gitalbybirth

    These guys are one of my favourite bands of all time. I just love the unstated, low-fi quality of their music. And the elements man! Funk country, hip hop and and Cake has the tightest rythm section on all time. Solid beats and funky bass. Oh and Comfort Eagle is the heaviest song of all time! Fact.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • drago0402

    Too funny, balyndad!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • mythogenesis

    That guitar lick is air-guitar worthy.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sockmonkey15

    It sounds precisely like something Cake would write. I wish this was the original, it sounds so natural, funky, sarcastic, and snarky.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Trapper3519

    Great memories of this song! College ahhhhhhhhhhh....

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • balyndad

    I told my mother-in-law I wanted Cake and Garbage for Christmas. Her incomprehension was priceless.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LekuBauer


    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KeithandLor

    CAKE is one of my FAVORITE BANDS...Geeze Lastfm.com...Finally

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Dig that crazy bass.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • drunksheep

    i love this cover, but everytime i listen to it i laugh. i just don't know why

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    What a kick ass cover.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
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