Next we're going to listen to a familiar song as you've never heard it before.

(Soundbite of song, "I Will Survive")

Ms. GLORIA GAYNOR (Singer): (Singing) First I was afraid, I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without you by my side…

INSKEEP: That's one of the biggest disco hits of the 1970s, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

(Soundbite of song, "I Will Survive")

Ms. GAYNOR: (Singing) …and I grew strong, and I learn how to get along, and so you're back…

INSKEEP: And this is the same song as re-imagined on a new album out today from three singers in Britain.

(Soundbite of song, "I Will Survive")

PUPPINI SISTERS (Singers): (Singing) At first, I was afraid; I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without you by…

INSKEEP: They call themselves the Puppini Sisters, though they're not sisters. Marcella Puppini, the only one actually named Puppini, says they sing in close harmony.

Ms. MARCELLA PUPPINI (Singer): Each voice has its own independent line, and imagine one voice is singing…

(Singing) …and so you're back…

(Speaking) …and the other one will go…

(Singing) …and so you're back, and so you're back.

PUPPINI SISTERS: (Singing) And I learned how to get along, and so you're back from outer space, I just walked into find you here, with that sad look upon your face, I should have changed my stupid lock, I should have made you leave your keys, if I had known for just one second, you'd be back to bother me, go on now go, walk out the door, just turn around now, 'cause you're not welcome anymore, weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye you think I'd crumble, you think I'd lay down and die, oh no, not I, I will survive…

Ms. PUPPINI: And what that creates, putting the voices very close to one another, is this really rich, crunchy sound that is typical of the 1940s.

INSKEEP: Which allowed them to sing retro '70s music in the double retro style of groups like the Andrews Sisters.

Ms. PUPPINI: They were a serious band, a serious group. But they knew what they were doing. They were - when they were on stage there was so much inner laughter, and Gloria Gaynor, as she was belting out her heartache, always saw a smile in that as well.

INSKEEP: The song is "I Will Survive." It's performed by the Puppini Sisters on a new album called "Betcha Bottom Dollar." They make their first American appearance this month at the Oak Room in New York City.

(Soundbite of song, "I Will Survive")

PUPPINI SISTERS: (Singing) I will survive.

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