My sis put me on to the Pilooski remix of Frankie Valli's 1968 hit "Beggin'" a few months back which, along with the Madcon cover of the same tune, were supposed big hits last year. But per usual I'm late to the game on hearing chart hits (I think I was about a year late on hearing "Hey Ya" and my excitement with that track was met with groans from everyone I knew who had already been saturated by it). Anyway watching Hulu recently they have been featuring the Pilooski remix of "Beggin'" on the syrupy Adidas NYC party commercial thing which again, you've all probably already seen a million times.
I think from all the versions I've heard, the original Franki Vallie recording is still best. It's the perfect length and has just enough changes to keep it interesting but repeats the main theme so many times you have the song stuck in your head for days. What's also weird is that Frankie Valli is usually known for sugary pop ballads (Can't Take My Eyes Off of You) so the upbeat-meets-dark-esque flavor is unusual.
The track is great because it feels like it bridges two worlds, one hanging on to the corner doo-wop, happy-go-lucky sounds of the '50s, and that of the much more chaotic '60s, and perhaps even foreshadowing beyond. The song is about love lost, and maybe I'm just reading too much into it, but I think it could be a metaphor for any fracture in time which leaves one stuck, angry, and wishing for change. And that energy for wanting change propels the track forward furiously through the years, giving it meaning 40 years later.
That and the beat is hot as hell.