Paramore to no longer play controversial track 'Misery Business' live
Frontwoman Hayley Williams, who wrote the song when she was 17 has often expressed her discomfort with the 'anti-feminist' lyricism, which she does not endorse anymore.
Paramore have announced they will no longer play their 2007 breakthrough hit track ‘Misery Business’ at live shows. The track has been the focus of a heated debate whether the lyrics are ‘anti-feminist'. Midway through a special one-off performance at their hometown of Nashville on Friday, which also marked the band's final stop on their After Laughter tour, frontwoman Hayley Williams took a moment to reflect on why they would be retiring the track “for a long time”.
Before launching into the song, Williams said: “This is a choice that we’ve made because we feel that we should, we feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while. This is to every bad decision that led us here, this is to all the embarrassing things we might have said, but we owned up to it and we grew.”
As NME notes, Williams has previously distanced herself from the track - which she wrote when she was just 17 - after taking issue with the line: ”Once a whore, you’re nothing more / I’m sorry that’ll never change.”
Williams has spoken about the awkwardness of the lyric for a while now. In a 2015 Tumblr post, she addressed complaints about the song being ‘anti-feminist’, writing: “’Misery Business’ is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26-year-old woman. I haven’t related to it in a very long time. Those words were written when I was 17… Admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective.”
'Misery Business' was Paramore’s first mainstream hit, reaching number 26 in the Billboard charts. The song was certified triple platinum in the US in 2015. Over 400,000 copies of the song have been sold in the UK. As expected, fans got quite emotional about the announcement and didn't take kindly to the news:
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
paramore just announced on stage that tonight is the last night they’d ever play misery business and I am in cardiac arrest.— Sam (@heysammetz) September 8, 2018
Paramore retiring Misery Business + the recordings of Tell Me How have both destroyed me emotionally. pic.twitter.com/sk3fIRz0Er— Sydney Nickole (@SydneyNickole13) September 8, 2018
Even the tribute band Paramore Or Less were shocked at the announcement and promised fans that they "will still be going strong, we will always play it live and we will always get you guys to come sing it with us on stage."