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?

#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


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

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    My god, 1D fans are so hysterical...
    Try sad. Is there a resurgence of lead paint cases in cribs? How do kids come out so retarded these days?
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    Did they actually rip off Tom Cruise's character from Tropic Thunder?!! I think i just broke my phone.
    I guess nothing about this pseudo-band is original, not even the videoclip's characters...
    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.
    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.
    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?"
    Wouldn't be unprecedented - the UK government set up telephone hotlines to council suicidal teenagers in the wake of Take That breaking up.
    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
    False. Betamax may be obsolete and hilarious in hindsight (much like 1D), but it had a legitimate use. Sometimes. ...I'll get my coat...
    Hey! Betamax just had capacity-issues! It has always had the superior-quality when put next to VHS. Don't slam Betamax!
    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.
    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).
    I guarantee you Beiber will be a nobody by 28. His whole career is based on his looks, and that obviously won't last.
    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
    What's betamax?
    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
    In 20 years people will never remember one direction. In 20 years people will still remember The Who.
    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.
    True. The Who didn't need to have their fans spend hours refreshing their videos to boost their egos.
    Fiercest fandom ever, stick them at a Slayer show in the 80's and 90's that's fierce.
    Fiercest RADIO DISNEY fans. That's like average fierceness for rock in general.
    They should fit right in at a Slayer gig then: