If you had any hopes of seeing Paramore perform ‘Misery Business’ live in the foreseeable future, you might need to hit up YouTube instead, with the group announcing their decision to retire the track from their live shows.
Back in June of 2007, Paramore released ‘Misery Business’, their breakthrough tune, and the first single from their second album, Riot!. Since its release, the track has gone on to become a classic of the genre, and is often considered to be one of the highlight’s of the band’s live shows.
Now, it appears fans won’t be hearing the track at a live show for quite some time.
As the band prepared to launch into a performance of ‘Misery Business’, Hayley Williams took a moment to address the crowd and let them know they were witnessing a rather important moment.
“Tonight, we’re playing this song for the last time for a really long time,” Williams explained. “This is a choice we made because we feel like we should.”
“We feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while.”
At the Paramore concert in Nashville and they just announced that they won’t be performing Misery Business again for a long time after this show. Omg. pic.twitter.com/wARvoYGz76
— Tyler Matl (@TylerMatl) September 8, 2018
While ‘Misery Business’ was indeed a huge success upon its release back in 2007, fans have come to criticise the track somewhat for its rather dated language and messages. With lines such as “Once a whore, you’re nothing more/I’m sorry that will never change”, singer Hayley Williams has often come under fire for the song’s rather anti-feminist lyrics.
While Hayley Williams has often declined to sing those words in concert, she addressed the controversy surrounding ‘Misery Business’ in an interview with Track 7 last year.
“The thing that annoyed me was that I had already done so much soul-searching about it, years before anyone else had decided there was an issue,” Williams explained.
“I was a 17 year old kid when I wrote the lyrics in question and if I can somehow exemplify what it means to grow up, get information, and become any shade of ‘woke’, then that’s a-okay with me.”
“The problem with the lyrics is not that I had an issue with someone I went to school with. That’s just high school and friendships and breakups,” she continued, noting the lyrics were taken straight from a page in her diary.
“It’s the way I tried to call her out using words that didn’t belong in the conversation. It’s the fact that the story was setup inside the context of a competition that didn’t exist over some fantasy romance.”
“I believe I was supposed to have written those backwards words and I was supposed to learn something from them… years later,” Williams concluded. “It’s made me more compassionate toward other women, who maybe have social anxieties… and toward younger girls who are at this very moment learning to cope and to relate and to connect. We’re all just trying our damnedest.
“It’s a lot easier when we have support and community with each other. Vulnerability helps lay the foundation for all that.”
While it might be a hard decision for dedicated fans to come to grips with, if you keep in mind that this choice is a very important step forward for the group, it becomes easier to deal with knowing Paramore are doing it for all the right reasons.