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Paramore’s New Single Makes Us Want to Watch ‘The Third Man’

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The new-and-improved Paramore are back with a new single called "Monster" today, but instead of listening to how Hayley Williams' new lineup sounds, we can't take our eyes off the single's cover. Maybe the "Monster" cover is supposed to evoke that "light at the end of the tunnel" feeling after Paramore's acrimonious split with two of its members, but all we can think of is that iconic shot from Carol Reed's The Third Man. That film is on our Top 10 Favorite Movies list so maybe we're always inclined to think of Orson Welles' Harry Lime running around the sewers of war-torn Vienna, but that cover's almost exactly the same as the film screen grab below. The only difference is instead of one person, there's three, and the walls of the tunnel are circular and not square.

That's where the comparisons end, however. The Third Man is also famous for its all-zither score by Anton Karas, but "Monster" is entirely zitherless. Plus, The Third Man is a classic piece of cinema, whereas "Monster" is the first single off the soundtrack for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which promises to be a terrible migraine-inducing, Emopocalypse-causing movie.

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