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.
#THISISNOTUS (@iloveharryyy) August 15, 2013
we spent 24 hours refreshing that goddamn video
we ain't letting it get deleted
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
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