YMMV / Paramore

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Upon the departure of the Farro brothers (and their exit statement), either Hayley is a self-centered diva who let fame get to her head and treated Josh and Zac as pawns for her own career, or she did nothing wrong and the brothers are just sore about not getting as much attention. And last, possible third interpretation: Hayley is naive and was being controlled by the label and her parents, and nobody in the band really did anything wrong.
    • Another alternate interpretation concerning the twitpic: She's said in interviews and talks concerning the image that she had taken the picture with an old phone for no sinister reason and then lost the phone, where it was found with the image and used to hack her twitter to upload it. Either it was an accident that she didn't mean to do, she uploaded it purposely for the press it would give them, or she was telling the truth and she really did lose the phone with the pic on. Depending on your opinion of the band and your level of cynicism, it could be any of the three.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Ain't It Fun".
    • Earlier on, "The Only Exception", which had been their biggest hit up to that point.
  • Critical Dissonance: The self-titled album has gotten incredible critical acclaim (82 on Metacritic), but many of the band's established fans largely consider it to be their worst album for many reasons, chief among them shifting their sound to pop rock and putting themselves on the pop charts.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Their self titled album was critically acclaimed. "Still Into You" was named the best song of the year by The Singles Jukebox. Also from the self-titled, "Future" and "Part II" bring Epic Rocking and a more-than-worthy sequel to the defiant "Let the Flames Begin" to the table.
    • "Ain't It Fun" has become their biggest hit, and one can see why when they listen to it. Especially the choir interlude at the end of the song.
    • "Playing God" and "Ignorance" from Brand New Eyes are a candidates for this as well.
    • And from Riot! there's "Misery Business" and "crushcrushcrush".
  • Ear Worm: "Ain't It Fun".
  • Face of the Band: Hayley Williams. Has in the past led to Williams lashing out at the press for implying she was somehow more important than the rest of the band.
    • I Am the Band: It turns out that Hayley is the only signed member of Paramore, and the others are just a glorified backing band. Hayley appears not to like this setup, but it led to the schism in the band.
      • Hayley herself has blasted this claim in 2013, at a private gig in London. She highlit a review of the then-latest album that stated "it feels like a solo debut". She then tore said reviewer a new one by claiming, "I wouldn't be here, and I wouldn't want to be here, if it weren't for the two people standing to my left and right".
      • And yet it't the exact logic she used in trying to avoid letting Jeremy keep his share of the name rights after he left. Namely, Jeremy claims he was an equal partner in the band, Hayley is claiming he was an employee.
  • Fridge Logic: If Hayley swore to never sing of love if it does not exist, and this person is the only exception...
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: For some reason, an unlikely cult hit with people of John Moores University, Liverpool, England, alongside the likes of Girls Aloud, Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha.
    • Paramore is so popular in Brazil, that in 2009, when a chat was scheduled with them on Absolute Punk, the band's Brazilian fans swarmed the site so heavily that they crashed the site.
  • Internet Backdraft: The inevitable outcome of Zac and Josh's departure.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Their Self-Titled Album has attracted a LOT of this for actually having a pop hit. Not helped by their shift from being Pop Punk to just being pure Pop Rock.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Despite being an alternate rock band with angsty, yet hyper, songs that seem to be more directed at teens and young adults, they have a large 'tween' following, most likely due to them releasing a song for Twilight. A number of their haters seem to be just Tween haters who target them for this following.
  • Signature Song: Hard to pinpoint one exactly. "Misery Business", in that it's the song that first got them notice, though "The Only Exception" and "Ain't it Fun" proved to be their most enduring popular and best represent their contrasting musical moods and styles (sweet love songs and more bittersweet, rocking uplift).
  • Tear Jerker: Decode, The Only Exception, Brick by Boring Brick, Miracle, We Are Broken.
    • When It Rains, which Hayley wrote shortly after her friend committed suicide.
    • A sorta one. When the Farro brothers left the band, Hayley had nothing but positive words for them, and wished them all the best. The Farros however, responded very negatively, blaming their departure on the I Am the Band example above, and claming she's not a real Christian because a song has a 'blasphemous' line in it ('The truth never set me free so I did it myself'), and had nothing but negative words to say about her. Depending on your opinion or which side you are on the above Alternate Character Interpretation, it's either a justified reaction from them, or a real Kick the Dog moment for them.
    • Part II, the downbeat sequel to Let the Flames Begin.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The vast majority of the fan base reacted positively to the mild Genre Shift of Brand New Eyes, and many consider it to be their best album. However, there are a few people who consider it to be too poppy, when in fact, it's the exact opposite.
    • And their self-titled fourth album has had this a LOT because of the slightly stronger Genre Shift - people are even hating on "Still Into You" because it is too HAPPY.


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