Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cover: CAKE, "I Will Survive"

Some cover versions almost go to the point of parody, just by mismatching the original with the cover artist's style. Sometimes it works to undercut (or strengthen) the original's meaning, and sometimes it's just a fun experiment. And so we get the sardonic, laid-back yet deliberate funk of CAKE doing its take on Gloria Gaynor's impassioned disco anthem. A while back it occurred to me that vocalist John McCrae is the musical equivalent of H. Jon Benjamin, getting maximum mileage out of a very specific way of performing. Something feels so right about doing this song this way. It probably couldn't have been any other disco hit.

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