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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    ibanez124
    "We ain't letting it get deleted," Ah . . . . .'Merica . . . you may want to elect a new spokesperson
    GoToSleep
    Gotta love Pete Townshend. My question is how can you live with yourself being in a boy band?
    Slap-happy
    I saw The Who in 2000 in Birmingham (UK) and Pete made some pretty cutting remarks about Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You , even to the point of stating that he'd use violence should he (Williams) steal another of Pete's songs. He also called George Bush (not yet elected, although the internet was rumouring otherwise at the time) a complete c#$% for using Wont Get Fooled Again during his campaign without his permission.
    zabimaru1000
    Shhh, let the kiddies have their fun. They will eventually feel how we feel when new artists replace them.
    maddog61
    I love how the pop fans are freaking out of their minds, and the rock fans aren't even caring.
    thePTOD
    I'm not mad at all, but I can't lie, it's a tad discomforting when preteens in such large number are tweeting about how they want to kill you. That's the part that gets me, the really creepy level of obsession.
    siraxlrose
    this isn't the first time they've done it. What makes you beautiful sounds a lot like summer nights from the musical Grease. Live while we're young sounds like Should I Stay or Should I go by the Clash. Not shocking to me they did it again.
    Reighnart
    That's so silly. Like. The piano SOUND is similar. The nice cut of the low strings. The environment and piano were probably similar, producing a similar tone. And the chords are similar (tho in a different order, or inversion/voicing, I can't tell, didn't listen long) and the rhythm is different. Song was catchy. I think if there was less after effects on the voice I would like this song. Straight up. No bullshit. it's not bad. the lyrics don't really mean anything. it's not for EVERYONE. It's certainly not plagiarism.
    C8PT81N
    HILARIOUS!!!!! 1D members will end up like the other boybands, one makes it, one comes out of the closet, the others claim to be doing great things with their life, but it really is just sitting at home.
    Denjario
    People try to put them down (Talkin bout 1 Direction) Cuz of how they steal classic sounds (Talkin bout 1 Direction) Things they do look plagarized (Talkin bout 1 Direction) Hope they get DMCA-ified (Talkin bout 1 Direction)
    beyondthegrave
    People 100+ years from now will still be praising The Who. mention one direction and they'll be like which direction?
    thf24
    Fifty years later and The Who are still listened to and performing. I highly doubt many people are even going to remember One Direction fifty years from now.
    Moomba44
    As much as I hate 1D, if a lawsuit went forward there is no way that they would lose. Baba O'Riley uses a I-V-IV (Root to Fifth to Fourth) chord progression for that iconic line. 1D's uses a I-V-II progression (Root to Fifth to Second). It is the same rhythm, but nothing more.
    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.
    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
    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...
    ToddRose39
    Not only have they used th Who, another one of their songs used Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash.... and when they get caught their fans go ballistic. One video I saw actually had their fans booing at the comparison between the Clash and One Direction.
    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!!
    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.
    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.
    Joostrevo
    So they didn't realize that after 300 views youtube only counts unique views
    js81221
    Don't forget about how the beginning of "One Thing" they took the intro to "Should I Stay Or Should I Go."
    Jay McAllister
    Not even the same chord structure. 1D is I-V-II (inF#), and the Who is I-V-IV (in F).
    leviadon
    I was thinking that too. But the rhythm is identical and the synth behind the big guitar chords is quite clearly influenced by Baba O'Riley. I have no love for boy band pop, but still, far worse rip offs have gone unmentioned in rock n roll.
    ripper992
    Exactly, it's not just about simple chords, there's also rhythm and the whole feel.
    corrda00
    Let the judge decide who is right and wrong. There is nothing the layperson can do other than wait and watch.
    MattHessing
    I strongly dislike everything about 1D, but people dissing the title of the song are just being sour. It's the same as people slating Save Rock n Roll by FOB. The title is most likely tongue in cheek, doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Yeah the songs have similarities, nothing to stand on though. Can't be bothered with all this 1D bashing I just wanna ignore them and hope they go away.
    DvanG
    Exactly. No bashing needed. If you like 1D you like them, whatever. And if you are retarded enough to keep 20 tabs open for a video, good for you! At least your not doing crack. Just don't bother me with this stuff. Also UG, don't start a flame warm or whatever. This is just sad.
    Kueller917
    The fans went pretty crazy here, but the actual artists involved seem to be handling this pretty calmly. I really don't care for 1D personally I just try to avoid the fans. Otherwise they're a standard pop-group.
    Mightning
    I don't hear a resemblance. I mean, The Who's song is pretty good a this 1D band sounds terrible. There's a huge difference right there.
    shreducator
    I think they can add the award of most uninformed fan base to their proud list of achievements...
    C. Jasper
    Hey, give it to one direction. I've heard of people getting trampled and riots breaking out at GnR and Metallica concerts but that doesn't have sh@% on the radio disney awards, let alone the small splash the who made on the music industry... Watch out for 1D... Not. They are 1D away from being total women. Damn boy bands
    C. Jasper
    God help me i just clicked on a one direction song to listen to it... After hearing that, the who should certainly be entitled to the likeness of that song. That's as bad as vanilla ice trying to prey on under pressure. You better make sure you're getting authority from the writers if you wanna use their music.
    Colinh617
    I don't really listen to The Who. But they write their own music, and that is more than 1D can say. As a musician, you have to admire and respect The Who. But One Direction were manufactured like most "bands" these days. That sickens me.
    Le Fantome
    And Pete is, of course, reacting like the class act he is. Gotta love that guy.
    lou.tjahjono
    If Pete Townshend is OK with it, why are we mad? Besides, it's just their fanbase. It's a totally different story if 1D themselves are saying it. I am in no way defending 1D (They are at the limit of my toleration, it's the fanbase that I hate, and those plagiarism claims didn't just come out of the woodwork), but aren't we rock fans doing the exact same thing? We're spewing hate on 1D (the boyband) for this matter, when it is their fanbase who is the core of the problem here.
    Rockeagle540
    The Who are a pioneering band of rock music, without them and others, there is no music.....1D are the product of a major record label.....shame on you UG for this shit stir article
    smittyanthrax
    Meh who cares what these little girls think.All of us here know who the talented ones are.Also do you really think 1d will be remembered for as long as The Who have been followed for all these decades.
    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