The Who respond to #DontTouchBestSongEver One Direction campaign

The Who release statement in favour of 1D One Direction

Thu 15 Aug 2013

The Who release statement in favour of One Direction

Legendary rockers, The Who, have responded to claims they want to sue One Direction over similarities between their 1971 song Baba O'Riley and Best Song Ever.

Twitter erupted earlier today following a review of the track in Clickmusic which stated: "someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who's Baba O'Riley".

Predictably, Directioners were up in arms on Twitter. And when it was rumoured that The Who wanted to sue the boy bad the #DontTouchBestSongEver campaign was born.

Tweets included comments like: "#DontTouchBestSongEver Who The Hell are The Who they have the Perfect Name cuz No One really Cares and Knows About Them!" and "ALOT OF SONGS SOUND ALIKE OK ! SO LEAVE OURS ALONE ! ITS MUCH BETTER THAN THE WHO'S ANYWAY #donttouchbestsongever #voteonedirection"

But sadly some Directioners took the whole situation too far and The Who began receiving death threats. One fan threatened: "You're messing with the wrong fandom. We can kill you if we get the chance."

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Luckily, The Who's Pete Townsend was quick to write a statement about the song and the rumours that had got out of hand.

The statement, which was published on Uncut's website said: "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."

Townsend continued: "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?"

Why not indeed. Hopefully Pete's statement has put the entire matter to rest.

Do you think the songs sound similar? Let us know in the comments below.

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