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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Revisiting Riot! - Paramore - Ten Years On

Riot! - Paramore
Fueled By Rayman
Produced by David Bendeth
Released 12th June 2007
US Chart #15
UK Chart #24

Hayley Williams - Vocals
Josh Farro - Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy Davis - Bass, Vocals
Zac Farro - Drums

 For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic     3:48
That's What You Get     3:40
Hallelujah     3:23
Misery Business     3:31
When It Rains     3:35
Let The Flames Begin     3:18
Miracle     3:29
Crushcrushcrush     3:09
We Are Broken     3:38
Fences     3:18
Born For This     4:03

There were actually a lot of different tracklistings for the album dependent upon where you purchased it and what edition you managed to get hold of.

I have to say that it's one of the things that actually annoys me a lot when bands do this (and Paramore are not the only band/artist to do this these days).

Special/Limited Edition MVI CD/DVD   
 Bonus Tracks

12 When It Rains (Demo)    
13 Misery Business (Acoustic): Live From Q101 Chicago    
14 Pressure (Acoustic): Live From Q101 Chicago    
15 For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic (Live From London)    
16 Born For This (Live From London)

Best Buy Limited Edition
     Bonus Tracks

12 Stop This Song (Lovesick Melody)    
13 Rewind (Demo Version)    
14 Emergency (Live Version)

iTunes/Amazon Release
Bonus Track

12 Misery Business (Acoustic)

Fueled By Ramen Webstore
Bonus Track

12 Temporary (Demo)

Hot Topic Release
Bonus Track

12 Decoy

FYE Release
Bonus Track

12 Here We Go Again (Live)

Rhapsody Release
Bonus Tracks

12 Misery Business (acoustic)
13 My Hero- Electronic Mix (Foo Fighters Cover)

Best Buy and iTunes UK
Bonus Tracks

12 Stop this Song (Lovesick Melody)
13 Rewind (Demo)
14 Emergency (Live)

iTunes Deluxe Edition
Bonus Tracks

12 Misery Business (acoustic version)    
13 Pressure (live from Anaheim) (video)    
14 Misery Business (live from London) (video)

Singles on Riot!

Misery Business
B-Side: My Hero (Electronic Mix) - Foo Fighters Cover
7" Clear Vinyl
UK Release

A-Side: Misery Business (Album Version)
7" Pink Vinyl
UK Release

CD Side: Misery Business
5" VinylDisc
UK Release

Released 15th July 2007
US Chart #26
UK Chart #17


A-Side: Hallelujah (Album Version)
B-Side: Decoy (Bonus Version)
7"  Vinyl
UK Release 
1. Hallelujah
CD Single
European Release
Released 10th September 2007
UK Chart #139
A-Side: CrushCrushCrush (Album Version)
B-Side: For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic (Live)
7"  Blue Vinyl
UK Release

A-Side: CrushCrushCrush
B-Side: Misery Business (Live)
7" Vinyl
UK Release

Released 26th November
US Chart #54
UK Chart #61

That's What You Get
 1. That's What You Get
2. That's What You Get CD Rom Video

Released 24th March 2008
US Chart #66
UK Chart #55

Riot! Live

For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic (Hard Rock Cafe NYC 2007)
That's What You Get (Tokyo 2009)
Hallelujah (Seattle 2008)
Misery Business (London 2008)
When It Rains (Edmonton, Canada 2009)
Let The Flames Begin (Reading Festival, UK 2010)
Miracle (Norwegian Wood Festival 2008)
Crushcrushcrush (The Final Riot, Chicago 2008)
We Are Broken 
(The Final Riot, Chicago 2008)

 Fences (Pomona, CA 2012)
Born For This (Live on The Sauce - US TV 2008)

It's been ten years since the release of  Paramore's most successful album and in that time they have released a further three Studio albums and gone on to greater chart success: Brand New Eyes (2009) - US Chart #2, UK Chart #1; Paramore (2013) - US Chart #1, UK Chart #1; and current album, released 12th May 2017,  After Laughter - US Chart #6, UK Chart #4.

Whilst it's been interesting to see Paramore spread their wings a little over the past couple of albums and grow away from that Pop Punk/Power Pop/ Emo Punk or whatever you want to call it, I do think that Brand New Eyes and especially Riot! they were at their most sublime best.

I still think it sounds like a great album as well. From start to finish it's good and maybe Miracles and Fences are the only weak tracks on the album (that's my personal view and others might think differently). The strongest tracks were chosen as singles of course but I've said it before elsewhere on this blog I'm rarely in favour of bands releasing more than two singles from an album. My favourites on the album are For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic; CrushCrushCrush; We Are Broken and the final track Born For This.

Paramore had begun making waves back in 2005 when their Debut Album All We Know Is Falling was released. Although the album failed to chart in the US it did finally sell enough copies in the USA, Australia and the UK to be awarded a Gold Disc in each of those countries. The two singles released from the Album, Pressure and Emergency, laid the groundwork for the good things that were to come when it came to making the follow-up.

The Riot! album was recorded between January and March 2007 in New Jersey and prior to the album recording Jeremy Davis (Bass) had been dismissed from the band, but was reinstated quite quickly (he had actually left the band in 2005 prior to the recording of the Debut album but returned five months later). Taylor York was added to the band as guitarist for the up and coming tours as Hunter Lamb had decided to not go out on the road in order spend more time with his family.

Success though did not necessarily bring great happiness to the band and an internal struggle within the group as they embarked upon a European Tour in February 2008 led to a number of cancellations and rumours that the band were about to break up.

Those rumours though were put to bed when the band returned to their hometown of Franklin, Tennessee  to film the video for the fourth single from the album That's What You Get. But that by no means was the end of "band issues" as they would raise their ugly head two years later (but that's a story for another time).

The Final Riot! Tour ran from 25th July - 1st September and the performance in Chicago on 12th August 2008 was filmed and eventually released in November 2008 as a CD/DVD package The Final Riot!

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