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The Who Versus One Direction: Whose Side Are You On?

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08/16/2013 3:27 am
The Who Versus One Direction: Whose Side Are You On?

Hannah Davis

Staff Writer

Looks like ClickMusic has started a battle of the bands between, British/Irish boyband, One Direction and, classic rock gods, The Who. 
They pointed out a similarity between One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” and The Who’s 1971 track “Baba O’Riley”.
One Directions producer, Julian Bunetta responded to the comment saying that both songs start out with a synth. He thought it was a huge compliment because it stirred up excitement. He did not, however, in any way want to rip off “Baba O’Riley”.
After rumors spreading about the similarities One Direction’s fanbaseimmediately took to twitter and trended a worldwide topic: don’t touch “Best Song Ever”.
Peter Townsend, guitarist and songwriter for The Who, stated that he in fact likes One Direction and their current single “Best Song Ever”.
He said: “Pop music has been using the same three cords since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry and that using those fancy cords doesn’t always produced amazing music.”
Townsend also admitted that he was still trying to write songs that sound like “Baba O’Riley”. 
Townsend said "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?”


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