“What a shitty life!”
When Italian pop singer Levante sang those words (che vita di merda!) in “Alfonso”, her 2013 smash hit, she caught the mood of her generation and her country. The song dominated the airwaves and social media that summer, and for good reason. It’s a totally infectious piece of pop-rock, but there are dark undercurrents to its surface sunniness. Levante sings about a boring birthday party, where she doesn’t even know the titular guest—but she wishes the “asshole” a happy birthday anyway.