It's the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band's latest hit "Ain't It Fun" should be on their required listening list.
The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way --as the lyrics say, "So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?/Ain't it fun/living in the real world?" Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band's latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to.
"I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own," Hayley explains. "I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it's also connecting with younger people in that way too."
The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in fact: Paramore's been together ten years, but "Ain't It Fun" is their first top 10 hit. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley says. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us."
While Paramore has had several pop hits, such as the ballad "The Only Exception," "Ain't It Fun" is a different sound for the band: it's very funky and soulful. "It's the kind of song that I've always wanted to sing in Paramore," says Hayley. "I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and pop and soul and so it's kind of cool that we were able to write a song that sort of infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band."
Paramore is finishing up a major summer tour this weekend.
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