Foo Fighters’ Rami Jaffee, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and the Go-Go’s’ Kathy Valentine and more all contribute their talents to the cover, appearing in an accompanying, socially distanced music video.
The cover sees The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl With a Guitar turn the classic eighties pop anthem into a stirring ballad that slowly moves its way from hauntingly sombre to relentless and powerful.
Watch the rendition below:
The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl With a Guitar was founded in 2015 by American musician Lanny Cordola after he met an Afghan girl named Mursal, whose two sisters had been killed some years prior by a suicide bomb attack.
The goal of the musical group is to provide an outlet for girls and young women who’ve been affected by violence in the Kabul region.
In a press statement, Cordola explained the group’s choice of ‘Sweet Dreams’ for their second cover, saying, “We wanted to do something moody — a kind of gothic hymn — and we gravitated toward the dark yet hopeful spirit of this song.
“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.”