Yesterday we told you about the heat that One Direction had fallen under by music critics over their new single “Best Song Ever.” Critics have proclaimed the song a complete rip off of the Who’s classic track “Baba O’Riley.” And if you have seven lightly keen hearing and give the two songs a comparison, you will probably feel the same way. But the Who’s musical mastermind Pete Townshend had a surprising take on the boy band’s single.
After the Who were threatened and chastised by One Direction fans on Twitter who feared the rock legends would sue their boy band heroes for plagiarism or try to get the song removed from the internet due to rumours circulating on blogs, Townshend eased the angry ‘Directioners’ with a statement.
According to Townshend, he actually likes the song, thinks that three chords go a long way and he’s happy that 1D tried to write a song like “Baba O’Riley” because even he continues to try and write songs like it.
“No! I like the single. 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. I’m still writing songs that sound like ‘Baba O’Riley’ – or I’m trying to!
It’s a part of my life and a part of pop’s lineage. 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. The funniest thing is that in Canada this year I met with Randy Bachman, once the leader of The Guess Who, who told me that he not only copied ‘Baba O’Riley’ for his 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?”
So there you have it One Direction fans. Pete Townshend supports your boys, and likes what they’re doing. Now tweet some love to the old dog, he deserves it after that.