The latest plagiarism accusations regarding similarities between One Direction
single "Best Song Ever
" and the Who
classic tune "Baba O'Riley
" sparked a rumor of 1D number being taken off YouTube, causing an uproar among the group's fanbase.
Apart from making #DontTouchBestSongEver
hashtag trending on US Twitter
, One Direction fans started bashing classic rockers in a typical pre-teenage manner, insisting they are "messing with the wrong fandom," Huffington Post
"We spent 24 hours refreshing that goddamn video. We ain't letting it get deleted,"
the fans tweeted, as certain 1D devotee added that she "didn't sit at the computer for 24 hours with 20 tabs open watching it over and over for this to happen."
"Sorry, you're called the Who for a reason,"
a fan tweeted, with another supporter calling on the fandom's latest Disney Awards
recognition. "This fandom won Fiercest Fans category at Radio Disney Awards,"
the tweet reads. "Do you realize we won an award for being psychotic and delusional? I'm so proud."
On the other side, the Who guitarist Pete Townshend
took the accusations and threats in his stride, even praising the five-piece pop sensation.
"No. I like the single,"
Townshend explained (via the Argus
). "I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music - not always."
The axeman continued, "One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I'm happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by the Who. I'm just relieved they're all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets."
Townshend concluded with an interesting story regarding the Guess Who
band. "The funniest thing is that in Canada this year I met with Randy Bachman, once the leader of Guess Who, who told me that he not only copied 'Baba O'Riley' for their hit 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet,' but he even called his band after us. Why would I not be happy about this kind of tribute?"
As for One Direction, the similarities between the two tracks are indeed nothing short of striking. You can hear both tunes below and see for yourself; fast forward to 2:15 in 1D clip to get to the desired part.