Norwegian metal musician Leo Moracchioli (Frog Leap Studios) is at it again, this time putting together a metal cover of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag.
The cover is accompanied by a video which you can watch below.
The video sees Moracchioli put his take on the noughties rock classic, donning an Adidas tracksuit worn by Wheatus frontman Brendan B. Brown in the original video and was also popular during the nu-metal era with the likes of Jonathan Davis of Korn also wearing the now iconic tracksuit.
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As with many other songs in recent years, Teenage Dirtbag has had a resurgence thanks to TikTok, with users taking part in the viral sped-up challenge, where they record themselves as they are today and then also look back at their formative teenage years.
The viral challenge has amassed over 751,000 videos with the likes of Terry Crews, Jimmy Fallon, Christina Aguilera and more all taking part in the challenge.
@terrycrews Had to do it!! 🔥 #teenagedirtbag ♬ Teenage Dirtbag – Sped Up (and she doesn’t give a damn about me) (Sped Up) – Wheatus
Speaking to Elite Daily about the resurgence of the track through TikTok, Brendan B. Brown stated:
I have this guy in my life called Rick, who fixes our guitars. I used to apprentice under him when I was 21 years old…
He goes, “So is your band having some kind of resurgence?” I was like, “Man, I hope so, what do you mean?”
And he said, “Well, my daughter…” And then of course his daughter is 13 or whatever and has a TikTok account. And it was that.
Teenage Dirtbag was released on June 20, 2000, as the lead single from Wheatus’ debut album. The song was written by guitarist and vocalist Brendan B. Brown and was inspired by a childhood experience of his.
The song was successful in Australia, spending four weeks at number one, being certified 3× Platinum, and becoming the second-best-selling single of 2000.
It also reached number one in Austria and Flanders while peaking at number two in Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom, where it was certified 2× Platinum in 2018 and has sold 5 million copies worldwide.