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Watch Machine Gun Kelly And Travis Barker Cover Paramore’s Misery Business

Machine Gun Kelly and blink-182’s Travis Barker have covered Paramore’s 2007 Riot! smash-hit.

Clearly spending their time in isolation wisely, Machine Gun Kelly and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have unveiled a joint cover of Paramore’s Misery Business, recorded while quarantining separately amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The pair teamed up as part of Machine Gun Kelly’s #LockdownSessions, which has seen the musician – real name Colson Baker – already tackle an acoustic rendition of MizBiz, plus absolutely shredding along to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Here, Machine Gun Kelly and Travis work with bassist Truck Norris and frequent collaborator Omer Fedi on Paramore’s explosive Riot! single, with MGK clearly showing a sign of what’s to come from his upcoming pop-punk album this year…

Though this cover is undeniably infectious and energetic, Paramore leader Hayley Williams recently reiterated her feelings on Misery Business, having previously denounced the lyrics ‘Once a whore, you’re nothing more / I’m sorry, that will never change’ in a 2015 blog post.

“I haven’t related to it in a very long time,” she said. “Those word were written when I was 17… admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective. It wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything. It was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment I experienced as a high schooler.

“…and that’s the funny part about growing up in a band with any degree of success. People still have my diary. The past and the present. All the good and bad and embarrassing of it!”

Earlier in the month, Misery Business was added to a Women Of Rock playlist on Spotify, with Hayley stating, “I know it’s one of the band’s biggest songs but it shouldn’t be used to promote anything having to do with female empowerment or solidarity. I’m so proud of Paramore’s career, it’s not about shame. it’s about growth and progression… and though it’ll always be a fan favorite, we don’t need to include it on playlists in 2020.”

Read this next: OK Bloomer: The rise, resilience and evolution of Hayley Williams

Posted on March 27th 2020, 4:22pm
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