The people sure are “Beggin'” for more Måneskin.
The Italian rockers’ cover of the Four Seasons song has been one of the biggest rock hits of 2021 — it’s this year’s longest-running number-one single on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart, having led the ranking for 10 weeks and counting.
Speaking with ABC Audio, bassist Victoria De Angelis ponders what keeps the fans beggin’ for “Beggin’.”
“I think maybe just the way we reinterpreted it and we made it like it was our own song,” De Angelis says.
“We tried to not think about the original, and just felt free to change it however we liked,” she adds. “I think this shines through the song.”
If you were lucky enough to catch one of Måneskin’s sold-out, debut U.S. headlining shows in New York City and Los Angeles over the fall, you would’ve also heard one of the band’s other covers: a mash-up of Franz Ferdinand‘s “Take Me Out” and The Killers‘ “Somebody Told Me.”
“I think it’s fun to give different interpretations to a song that already exists,” De Angelis says of Måneskin’s penchant for covers. “It’s just a way of sharing the music.”
Of course, Måneskin writes originals, too. Their latest single, “MAMMAMIA,” is very much not a cover of the ABBA song, though judging by its video’s over 14 million YouTube views, it’s following in the viral footsteps of “Beggin.'”
“We couldn’t wait to release new music with all of this big new audience that we have,” De Angelis says of premiering “MAMMAMIA.”
“Of course, it’s the most important thing for us to share the music that we’re writing,” she continues. “So every time that we release a song, it’s a very, very important moment.”
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