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This country version of Paramore’s Misery Business is exactly what the world needs right now

Alex Melton
(Image credit: Alex Melton)

Back in the mid-noughties,  Paramore were the ultimate torchbearers of all things emo and moody, waving the flag for the scene with a catalogue of songs fuelled entirely from the perils of teen angst. 

Flash forward a good ten years, and Hayley Williams’ band can now be found championing indie bubble-gum pop. Growth is a good thing, obviously, but - and we’re sure many fans will agree - we can’t entirely let go of those more innocent days where Misery Business stormed the charts, and skinny jeans were a second skin – even if the band have forgone the song from their setlists themselves.

One fan keeping the Misery Business flame alive is Alex Melton, a highly-skilled YouTuber with the power to cover your favourite songs in any genre you fancy. Last month, he transformed Paramore’s early days signature anthem into a country ballad, and honestly, it worked out way better than we expected. 

Sure, the cover is a complete softening of the original, removing all traces of Paramore’s youthful spunk, but that warm ‘n fuzzy country twang is a sure-fire winner to boost your spirits within these Hard Times (sorry, couldn't resist).

Plus, he’s even cleverly renamed the track Missouri Business – if this doesn’t warm your cockles we don’t know what will.

And if you enjoyed that, then we humbly suggest you check out Melton’s other creations, including a square dance cover of Panic! At the Disco's I Write Sins Not Tragedies (I Write Sins Not Tractors) and Blink-182's I Miss You (I Miss Y’all). No, really.

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.