If you’re enjoying listening to Måneskin‘s cover of Elvis Presley‘s “If I Can Dream,” you can thank Baz Luhrmann.
As frontman tells Damiano David tells ABC Audio, the Moulin Rouge! director approached the Italian rockers about putting their spin on the 1968 tune for his upcoming Elvis biopic.
“When Baz reached out, he said, ‘I know it’s not your comfort zone, but I feel like you can do great on this song,'” David recalls.
While it may be difficult to imagine that anything, let alone a cover, would be out of Måneskin’s comfort zone, “If I Can Dream” is a different kind of song for them — a slow-building ballad that contrasts with the flamboyance of songs such as “Supermodel,” “Beggin'” or “MAMMAMIA.”
“Of course we wanted to put our sign on [‘If I Can Dream’], but also, at the same time, we wanted to be very respectful and to stick to the original song,” David says.
“First of all, it’s a masterpiece,” he adds. “And second of it all, it has something magical in it, and just having the chance to do our own version was already enough.”
The Måneskin members were also drawn to the lyrics of the original, which was written by Walter Earl Brown shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and makes references to the civil rights leader’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
“[Luhrmann] told us about the scene in the movie and about the real meaning that the song had at the time for Elvis,” David shares. “We felt like it was something so important that it was honor for us to jump on it and to do our own version.”
Elvis hits theaters this Friday.
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