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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Paramore's single "Ain't It Fun" -- the fourth from their eponymous 2013 album -- is about newfound independence and how much life changes when a young adult goes out on his or her own. The slightly funky alt-rock arrangement is joyful and upbeat, while the lyrics repeat: "Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world." The song itself is quite harmless. The official video says that the band members set out to break as many world records as they could in a music video, including the "fastest time to smash 30 clocks with guitars," which involves destroying several guitars. Another contest shows them smashing record albums, and, at the end of the video, the band rides in a convertible in which the person in the driver's seat sometimes stands and sometimes sits at the wheel with both hands in the air.
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What's the story?
AIN'T IT FUN is the fourth single from alt-rock band Paramore's eponymous album released in 2013. The musical arrangement has some alt-rock qualities, as well as funk-influenced rhythms and choral vocals backing up lead singer Hayley Williams' voice. The tone of the arrangement is very upbeat and joyful, but the lyrics poke fun at young adults' newfound independence, repeating, "Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world." The official video for "Ain't It Fun" follows the band members as they try to break the most world records ever broken in a single music video. Many of their on-screen contests are silly and harmless (shortest time to run through 10 banners, most feathers caught in 30 seconds), while others are silly and destructive (fastest time to smash 30 clocks with guitars). At the end of the video, it's revealed that the band indeed set a record for the most records broken in a music video -- which is 10.
Is it any good?
"Ain't It Fun" is a catchy track with some inventive elements, such as the funky rhythms and the choir added to the choruses. Though the video shows some destructive and reckless behavior, it's also funny and charming to watch the band members act so silly, as they run through banners and catch feathers in the air. This is a mostly joyous song with enough alt-rock edge to appeal to Paramore's more emo fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means to leave home and go out on your own. What do you think the songwriters want to convey about independence and leaving home?
The lyrics to "Ain't It Fun" include some sarcastic or negative attitudes, while the music is very upbeat and joyful. Can you think of other songs with this type of contrast?
Check out music by some of lead singer Hayley Williams' avowed influences, such as The Cure and Etta James.
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