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August 15, 2013

Pete Townshend Calmly Ends One Direction Twitter Storm



Hot off the press (in UnCut) is a report on Pete Townshend’s blessing of One Direction and their track “Best Song Ever”.


Click  UNCUT.CO.UK for the full story.


It’s unlikely that die-hard Who fans will consider “Best Song Ever” to be the best song ever, even if it is. Nor, though, is it likely that many will cry or raise an eye at this story. It is, after all, only Tweet Age Wasteland.


Here’s Pete Townshend’s full statement, in which he responds to unsubstantiated claims that The Who have asked for the song to be withdrawn: 


“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 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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58 Responses to Pete Townshend Calmly Ends One Direction Twitter Storm

Steve Pevy says: August 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

If you read it properly PT never mentioned ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’ was by Guess Who….just stating that the song was written by Randy Bachman who also fronted Guess Who with both band name and song being tributes The Who and B.O.R.

Yumiko Wordley says: August 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Pete is so generous and calm as he is a proper adult in the best meaning thorough his experiences. When you are matured mentally and emotionally it is natural to feel no worth having a fruitless argument with kids. He has to think about a lot more sophisticated matter of the music, as the Who is proving right now that they are the most influential and charismatic Rock band ever!

Paul Longhurst says: August 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

Larry P: If you read the quote, he doesn’t claim that the song was recorded by the Guess Who, just that it was written by Randy Bachman who was a member of both bands.


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