The slowed down rendition of the '80s hit is accompanied by a video showing footage of all those who participated, including The Bangles’ Vicki Peterson, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Umphrey’s McGee’s Kris Myers, and The Bird and the Bee’s Inara George and Greg Kurstin.
“We wanted to do something moody — a kind of gothic hymn — and we gravitated towards the dark yet hopeful spirit of this song,” Miraculous Love Kids founder Lanny Cordola said in a statement. “The lines in the song — ’some of them want to use you, some of them want to get used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some of them want to be abused' — really resonate, reflecting these troubled times. But then a glimmer of optimism — ‘hold your head up…keep your head up’ — gently flows through the voices of these girls who have experienced the worst that humanity has to offer.”
“I feel a moral and spiritual imperative to awaken humanity, in particular my brethren in the music community to help give a voice to the horrible plight of poverty-stricken, war-torn girls,” he continued. “Why girls? Because they have it the worst — forced into childhood marriages, stripped of their rights, and exploited in every way imaginable.”
“These girls are so brave and so inspiring. It is an honor to make music with them," Morello added.
Watch the star-studded cover below.
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