Måneskin is an Italian rock band founded in 2016 by four students from the same high school in Monteverde, Rome. Their name is Danish for moonshine; a tribute to bassist Victoria De Angelis' home country. The group, who honed their musical style busking in Rome, first rose to fame after coming second in the Italian talent show X Factor. They achieved international recognition when this song won the Eurovision Song Contest four years later.
The four band members originally penned "Zitti e Buoni" as a ballad in 2016 before gradually transforming it into a rock stomper.
Lyrically, this song expresses solidarity with the band members' generation who stand out against society's set rules and live their lives in their own unique way. The title (literally "shut up and behave") is a criticism of adults who want young people to conform to their expectations rather than expressing their individuality.
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