One Direction Fans Bash the Who: 'You're Called That for a Reason'

1D fandom attack rockers after "Baba O'Riley" ripoff accusations; guitarist Pete Townshend defends young stars.

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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 reports.

"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.

#donttouchbestsongever Are you sure you want to mess with this fandom? Are you really sure? pic.twitter.com/hFkmMYNOSY

#THISISNOTUS (@iloveharryyy) August 15, 2013

we spent 24 hours refreshing that goddamn video

we ain't letting it get deleted

#donttouchbestsongever

THANKYOU JOEY (@larryzayniam) August 14, 2013

#donttouchbestsongever I WATCHED 26277 TIMES FROM MY PHONE, MY DAD'S PHONE, MY LAPTOP WITH 10 TABS LOST A LOT OF KUOTA.TOUCH IT AND YOU DIE

Dea (@bolongss) August 14, 2013

the who wants to take BSE down because it sounds like one of their songs

sorry, you're called the who for a reason #donttouchbestsongever

mattison tout (@mat_tout) August 15, 2013

THIS FANDOM IS POWERFUL DON'T MESS WITH US #donttouchbestsongever pic.twitter.com/zqnZGJu40b

BE MY 1/5? :( (@Brooks_SLotH) August 14, 2013

Haters gonna hate. But 1D will win the lawsuit anyway. £650 million worth and a massive fandom, why wouldn't they? :) #DontTouchBestSongEver

NIALL PLS BE MY 1/5 (@5secsofhoranson) August 15, 2013

i wanna say thank you to all of the beliebers who are helping us directioners with this trend. ily #donttouchbestsongever

Nadine xx (@NiallHeartache) August 15, 2013

i didnt sit at the computer for 24 hours with 20 tabs open watching it over and over for this to happen #donttouchbestsongever

beth_xoxo'∞ (@bethieeboo) August 15, 2013

#DontTouchBestSongEver I will eat you and your family an your house and your dog

kristen ok (@MULLINGTHRUST) August 15, 2013

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    TryTheKetchup
    My god, 1D fans are so hysterical...
    DickHardwood
    Try sad. Is there a resurgence of lead paint cases in cribs? How do kids come out so retarded these days?
    cyclonus
    I wonder if any of these little shits would actually back up all their talk in real life, especially the twerp who posted that 'wrong neighbourhood' picture
    CJSchecter96
    nope theyre most likely under 5'5 and 110lbs with not enough cojones to even talk to other people. that's why theyre on twitter all day.
    the.cake.is.a.l
    Yeah it wouldn't surprise me and like every girl at my school like1D and I get crap for wearing actual band tees that make actual music who won't just fade away in 5 years.
    Riggin22
    I'm pretty young, but I think I'm one of the million of my generation that isn't super retarded. Just a little bit in my own way.... I know that The Who isn't listened to by people in my generation today, but they still have a bigger fanbase, and are far more famous, and made a bigger change in music. F*** 1D.
    AlmostTheMan
    Did they actually rip off Tom Cruise's character from Tropic Thunder?!! I think i just broke my phone.
    Linkerman
    I guess nothing about this pseudo-band is original, not even the videoclip's characters...
    Yakisobayum567
    They did win "Most Rabid Fanbase" for a reason I'm assuming, which in my opinion, is the only thing they'll be truly be proud of when they're older
    hudsonstradlin
    hahahahaha this is so funny plagiarism is always wrong, but at least we rockers have the satisfaction of knowing that these guys are never gonna mean what the Who means and always meant.
    Scotican
    Yeah, decades later and the who are well known. a year or two from now and 1 direction will be more obselete than betamax
    Jacques Nel
    In a year or two 1D will have broken up and one or two have a mildly acceptable solo career. Ala Justin Timberlake blah blah blah. Even though not my favorites, The Who are legends.
    Elegitii
    Judging from these fans ,when One Erection break up the suicide rate of teens will rise dramatically. I seem to be the only kid at my school who hasn't seen any of their videos, once I wore a Dave Grohl shirt to school and people were just like "Who the **** is that?"
    Hydra150
    Wouldn't be unprecedented - the UK government set up telephone hotlines to council suicidal teenagers in the wake of Take That breaking up.
    Everlong729
    I wore a Foo Fighters shirt to school and people thought they were a fighting club... And half of them have never heard of Nirvana
    postmortem2006
    False. Betamax may be obsolete and hilarious in hindsight (much like 1D), but it had a legitimate use. Sometimes. ...I'll get my coat...
    spiff-corgi
    I don't want to be "that guy", but we were saying his about Justin Bieber 3 or 4 years ago and he's more prevalent than ever and his fans are even crazier. Not that I'm saying Justin Bieber or One Direction will be held up as classics, but with their management and in this day and age they could be around for a good decade.
    suicidehummer
    I guarantee you Beiber will be a nobody by 28. His whole career is based on his looks, and that obviously won't last.
    Adriatic
    search for justin bieber on youtube and you will find out that his more recent singles are not getting the monster view numbers his previous singles had, his fanbase is slowly growing out of it and unless he drastically changes his image he will fade out out of the pop scene
    DickHardwood
    Beaver's no longer a wonder anymore. Sure he still has crazy fans to spit on but they're starting to get their periods and some even get a taste for better music as they grow up. His career has a lifespan of another 2-3 years tops unless he miraculously makes a good pop record (which ain't happening).
    Chris98888
    What's betamax?
    christianonbass
    About 30 or 35 years ago, an invention called the VCR appeared and changed television viewing big time. VCRs were of two types: There were VHS cassettes, and the less-popular, but probably better quality BETA. When we first started renting movies most places had movies available in VHS or BETA, but BETA got phased out and eventually went the way of the 8 track tape. I see you got down voted, but it seemed like a valid question. Now you know
    sideslick
    Hey! Betamax just had capacity-issues! It has always had the superior-quality when put next to VHS. Don't slam Betamax!
    JSmith38
    In 20 years people will never remember one direction. In 20 years people will still remember The Who.
    Abacus11
    That's how it is, really. After a while these manufactured teeny pop "artists" all sound the same and a new one comes around every few months to empty the wallets of people who know nothing about music but love the flashy hype and marketing. When you love actual music (like most of us here do) you get to be part of something that's truly amazing and that kids like these 1D fans might never know.
    Cavalcade
    True. The Who didn't need to have their fans spend hours refreshing their videos to boost their egos.
    josh999x
    Fiercest fandom ever, stick them at a Slayer show in the 80's and 90's that's fierce.
    third(-)eye
    Fiercest RADIO DISNEY fans. That's like average fierceness for rock in general.
    Eirien
    They should fit right in at a Slayer gig then:
    D4CE
    "#DontTouchBestSongEver I will eat you and your family an your house and your dog" - Best tweet by far
    -Retro-
    How exactly do you eat a house? This tags along with their already skyrocketing intelligence.
    sideslick
    I honestly wouldn't be all that surprised if a lot of these tweets are just trolls impersonating teenagers. It's just too difficult to believe that the level of stupid in those tweets can actually occur in nature.
    Aerynn
    I actually would not be surprised if those were all real 1D fans. Sure, some were joking or exaggerated but that level of stupid is existent on a pretty massive scale these days.
    SocksAndTrees
    "You're called that for a reason" Now if you were older than 12 you wouldn't be able to say that..
    ianharv
    I think 'The Best Song Ever' may actually be the worst song ever. Did remind me about this though. Every cloud.
    WhiteSoundD
    Who the **** writes a song and calls it Best song ever?
    D4CE
    There are obviously some similarities, but I definitely wouldn't call this plagiarism.. Having said that, I hope that video gets taken down, just to screw with the "Directioners"
    metalmania616
    In my opinion Baba O'Riley has quite a good claim for being the best song ever... Therefore this bunch of simon cowell created, shallow, bubblegum pop peddling, hairstyle advertising, nonentities really should leave it alone... Also, the sheer arrogance of naming your own song "the best song ever"...
    1CrookedVulture
    Yeah, there's reasons why Tenacious D called their song "Tribute..."
    Don't Ask
    On the other hand, in the movie, they suggest that the song being referenced to in "Tribute" is actually "Belzeboss". But you are allowed to make such claims as long as you do it with humor and self-distance. But to be fair, if I get the lyrics right, "Best Song Ever" doesn't refer to itself as the best song ever.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Holy sh*t! Just read some of those tweets, how pathetic can they sound? "YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO MESS WITH US!" Yeah.. pre-teens are so f*cking terrifying...
    Oyface
    Who cares anyway? I like The Who. I do not like One Direction. Who cares what I think? Who cares what anyone else thinks? Only the obsessive fandom of One Direction. Let them have their little fun, who cares? It's like that guy said above: "we rockers have the satisfaction of knowing that these guys are never gonna mean what the Who means and always meant". Some of the wisest words I have seen on UG.
    Killzark
    Because they are making money off of plagiarizing other people's work.
    strat07
    FIECEST FANDOM DISNEY RADIO AWARDS,,, LOL... Mozart must be rolling in his grave, bro :S
    Scotican
    LOL, showed my misses and she laughed too. Nice one, Viva la rock \,,/ \,,/
    hiram369
    I know those little fan bitches are somewhere in the middle of puberty... But man, that's outraging!
    Blind In 1 Ear
    it sounds nothing like the who except the 3 chords. but like pete said, everyone uses them. you can't copyright a chord progression. but my god saying "you're called the who for a reason" is probably the dumbest thing i've read in a while.
    SamReavley
    When the 1D Fandom kids grow up and look back, and see the things they wrote back in their younger days, we're gonna have a lot of suicidal post fandom problems.
    Hydra150
    Even in this article half of the comments are about a hatred for One Direction (and, just like those teenage girls who are bashing The Who, most of the people will have hardly listened to the band), and some comments are (let's presume jokingly) about attacking the teenage girls who are fans of the band. There's a bit of hypocrisy there. I mean it's only natural, at that age anyway, to dislike the music that your parents listen to and think that your generation is the best. It's called being a teenager, and there's no point trying to fight that. You think the old dudes are trying to put you down, just cause they don't dig what you have to say. These guys even wrote a song about it;
    ShaneCallaghan
    This is getting out of hand. This simon cowell funded bullshit I mean. It's ruining the possibility of good music actually becoming known because this shit is requested probably 90 times a minute on every radio station by these same 12 year olds who have the song, who've been to the concert, have the band endorsed underwear and still think the rest of the world should hear the song. How far does this have to go before it's seen as a brainwashing cult?
    Metalisnotmusic
    interestingly enough, I work at a radio station that plays One Direction up to 3 times an hour. One time, on the air, a girl called in and requested 1D, and the DJ got mad and yelled at her, with no repercussions to him.
    BBlood78
    I got a buddy that has no problem knocking a pre teen cold out. Slandering "the Who" ???? You young punks don't have a clue.
    Scotican
    Hey, I'd do it, don't care about age, it's just disrespectful to legends of rock. I'd happily do the time for it too
    haifisch234
    This "band" or rather "marketing product" isn't worth mentioning on a site like Ultimate Guitar.
    ripper992
    I think it's good they posted it actually, makes me more grateful to be a part of rock community rather that that idiocy.
    Ozzy Osbournee
    Listen to this intro and see what song it reminds you of.
    Colinh617
    I'll probably sound like a tool, but may I ask what song is it? I've heard this on the radio so much now I can only associate the guitar with this lol
    lepermessiah22
    Izzy-Sweet
    You know what really sucks now? I hardly dare to even wear my Ramones t-shirt anymore. 1D did one exactly the same, the names in a circle and the eagle and that jazz. Now if I wear it out I keep thinking that some little sh*t is gonna ask if I'm a 1D fan, sure, I could always say the 1D shirt is a rip-off, but as one of the tweeting fans said, they're all pathetic, self deluded c*nts.
    Sambo351
    thats completely f**ked up! ripping off the ramones logo?? i hope they went against joey's wishes and DID bury him in a pet sematary so he can come back and mess shit up!!
    INSULIN
    DAM IT NOW I WANT BE ABLE TO DO MY ROCK OPERA -TAMMY-IT'S BOUT A DEAF DUMB AND BLIND GIRL NAMED TAMMY -TOMMY'S SISTER.I DON'T THINK ONE DIRECTION EVEN KNOW WHO THE WHO IS.I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD ONE DIRECTION -JUSTIN BEIBER ETC NOW I WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TO HEARD TO SEE DAM T NOW MY EARS WILL BE MOLESTED
    Joostrevo
    So they didn't realize that after 300 views youtube only counts unique views
    KNEESLAPPINGTON
    One Direction fans are stupid bitches who ought to be put in their place. Shut up, get back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich.
    satanist39
    Even the youngest One Direction fans have been alive long enough to see that any super huge pop stars fades within 5 years.
    HeartlessEntity
    She watched it 26277 times? Wow. Wasting approximately 113 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds of time she could have used to learn an instrument.
    js81221
    Don't forget about how the beginning of "One Thing" they took the intro to "Should I Stay Or Should I Go."
    triface
    "Are you sure you want to mess with this fandom? Are you really sure?" This comment made me cringe so much I became a prune.
    Jawkster
    this is hilarious. some of their fans are 40 year old mums who feel the same with the above tweets; the same can be said about metal fans. fandom brings the beast out.
    lycanomics
    As a great cosmologist once said: "The existence of the teenage pop music fan shows us why we need to be hit by an asteroid sometimes."
    nab9411
    Can't people my age (15) listen to good music? I am terribly sorry for what my generation has done to music
    Scotican
    If you click on the one direction video you are adding to how many views they get which encourages the fanbase and the shitty music. You don't need to click on the who's one because they are legends. which way do five gays walk? . . . One Direction Bad joke but fitting. I am proud to say I have never listened to their awful rip offs
    JackdeAxe
    Fed garbage food and taught ridiculous shit in school: ends up like One direction THAT much. 1d fans are like the missing link between normal and retarded people.
    bigblockelectra
    I never truly believed that these mediocre pop songs were capable of generating that much publicity. I know a little bit about how youtube view counters work....you can generate views on a page by refreshing and watching for a certain amount of time. I don't think it is logged via IP address, but there are certain things that count as views. If people truly are sitting on the computer with tons of browser pages open refreshing the page the correct way, it would be possible to get quite a few more views than normal. In other words, it is totally fake. Which means this stuff is probably no where near as popular as we may believe. Who really knows? Infatuated females.....hyper emotional and nothing but trouble, heheheh. I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, but I would never have waited outside a hotel lobby in the cold for David Gilmour to wave from the balcony for 30 seconds.