|Single by Paramore|
|from the album Riot!|
|B-side||"Stop This Song (Love Sick Melody)"
"Sunday Bloody Sunday"
|Released||July 15, 2007|
|Format||CD, 2x 7" vinyl (UK only), VinylDisc, and Promo CD|
|Label||Fueled by Ramen|
|Writer(s)||Hayley Williams and Josh Farro|
|Paramore singles chronology|
"Misery Business" is a song by American rock band Paramore, the lead single from their second studio album, Riot!. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 26. It also peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was the band's highest-charting single before the release of "Ain't It Fun" in 2014, and the group's first charting single in the UK. It was a success in many countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
The phrase, Misery Business, was first heard on a Stephen King adaptation psycho-thriller film, Misery (1990).
The origin of the song is ambiguous with Williams giving conflicting explanations. The Fueled by Ramen website reports that Williams wrote the song based on feedback the band received after a question she posted on the band's LiveJournal asking what people were ashamed of. However, on the band's blog, Williams claims the song was written about a past experience involving a male friend whom she felt was being manipulated by a girl, and later on when Williams and her friend began to date, she penned the lyrics to "finally explain my side of the story and feel freed of it all". Later, Williams addressed the lyrics in the chorus:
|“||But God does it feel so good
'Cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause God it just feels so
It just feels so good
"Misery Business" is the group's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. During the week of June 25, 2007, it debuted at #99 on the chart and reached #75 two weeks later before dropping off the chart in the following week. Due to increased digital downloads during the month of August 2007, it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 during the chart week of September 6, 2007 at #34. It reached its peak position of #26 during the chart week of January 12, 2008, making it the band's highest-charting single at that time, prior to the release of "Ain't It Fun" in 2014, but "Misery Business" still remains the band's most-played song on the radio to date and more crossover success whereas Ain't It Fun never made a success to alternative radio stations due to the band's change of style and it didn't stay as long as "Misery Business" on the charts despite charting higher still leading "Misery Business" to be their most popular song to date. It peaked at #3 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also attained moderate crossover success, reaching #12 on Pop Songs chart and #31 on Adult Pop Songs chart. The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on September 17, 2008, with over 1,000,000 digital downloads. In December 2010 the song topped the two million mark in paid downloads. It has sold 2,464,000 copies in the US as of June 18, 2014.
The single was re-released in the UK Accorto Record Store on February 11, 2008 and included three vinyl records. To date, it has peaked at #17 on the UK Singles Chart. It is also the group's first charting single in the UK. It was a success in many countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and others. It debuted on the Dutch Top 40 peaking at #28 and in Finland at #23.
In 2009, the song was certified Platinum in Australia. Selling over 15,000 copies in New Zealand, the song was certified Gold on February 1, 2008, with the shipment of over 7,500 copies.
The music video was filmed at Reseda High School in Reseda, California. Directed by Shane Drake, who also directed Paramore's videos for "Pressure" and "Emergency", it features a band performance at a school.
The video starts out with the band playing the song with an assortment of "RIOT!"s (a reference to the album's name) in the background. It switches to the band playing at a high school, where a girl in a blue dress and heavy makeup walks in. She pushes the school cheerleaders aside as she walks into the hallway and cuts off another girl's braid with scissors, showing it to her. Later, as she is walking down the hall, a boy comes out of the nurse's office, his arm in a sling. She proceeds to push him into the wall, further injuring him. The band continues to play, and the girl walks up on a girl and a boy together who are obviously in love. She pushes the girl's face out of the way and passionately kisses the boy. She then leaves, grinning smugly. It switches, again, to the band playing, then the band comes out of a classroom together. Hayley Williams and the girl confront each other in the hall. Williams reaches into the girl's bra and pulls out false pads, then uses a towel to wipe the girl's makeup off, exposing her for what she is. The video ends as the band finishes the song; and they walk away as drummer Zac Farro taunts her as the girl breaks down, humiliated.
Fueled By Ramen (FBR+) also released an alternate cut of the video that removes the high school clips and features only performance segments.
A CD and two 7" singles were released in the UK on June 18, 2008. The CD single features a new song, "Stop This Song (Love Sick Melody)", and the two vinyls feature two covers: an electronic remix of "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters, and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2.
|U.S. CD single|
|2.||"Stop This Song (Love Sick Melody)"||3:23|
|Australian CD single|
|2.||"My Hero" (Electronic Mix) (Foo Fighters cover)||3:39|
|3.||"Stop This Song (Love Sick Melody)"||3:23|
|2.||"My Hero" (Electronic Mix) (Foo Fighters cover)||3:39|
|2.||"Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2 Cover)||4:20|
|United States||July 10, 2007||Original|
|Republic of Ireland||January 6, 2008||Re-release|
|Australian Singles Chart||65|
|Canadian Hot 100||67|
|German Singles Chart||79|
|Dutch Top 40||28|
|UK Singles Chart||17|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||26|
|U.S. Billboard Pop Songs||12|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs||31|
|U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs||3|
In popular culture
In various media
- The song was used in professional StarCraft's Shinhan Bank Pro League.
- It was featured in an episode of the British television soap opera Hollyoaks in March 2008 ("Born for This" was also used in another episode in September 2008, and then later "Hallelujah" in October 2008).
- It was in a season 7 episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, and is included in the Music from Degrassi: The Next Generation soundtrack.
- It is a playable track in the games Guitar Hero World Tour, in which Hayley Williams is also a playable character, as well as Rock Band 3.
- It is featured in the 2008 video game Saints Row 2.
- It is featured on the soundtrack of the video game NHL 08.
- The Voice's contestant Charlotte Sometimes covered the song during the first live round in the second season.
- Metalcore band, Sea of Treachery, has covered "Misery Business". Williams has praised their cover.
- Aaron Marsh of Copeland did a live cover, which Williams praised on Twitter.
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