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Townshend’s full statement, in which he responds to unsubstantiated claims that The Who have asked for the song to be withdrawn: 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

Helena Brown says: August 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

I always love the Who but i like some solos about PETER…very soul.Thanks for your song.Helena from Brazil

David Wooldridge says: August 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

Not having any 1D claim to best song ever! The Who’s material is simply some of greatest music ever recorded.Fact! The Who are still for me best rock band on the planet!When a band plays live with their own instruments and their own material then fair enough!Long live The Who! Reign On!

maillard says: August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

Those thinking they have invented the wheel are many .
Those building the wheel are less.
Those using the Wheel are happy.
Those controling the Wheel are few.

” I am one “

Luile says: August 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Pete always talked about the fact, that he copied THE KINKS in I CANT EXPLAIN. But also Pete copied Pete. The “Acid Queen” bridge, gave birth to “The Punk Meets The Godfather” and this song developed in “Mike Post Theme”. Pte even copied Roger Daltrey s’ “Here for More” for some bridges in “Sea and Sand” and “Had Enough” (both from Quadrophenia), but also you can hear the similar chords in a song like “In a Hand or a Face”. You also can hear the “Substitute” chords in “New Song”. And who can not hear the similarity between “Baba O Riley” and “Fragments”…

If “One Direction” or whoever wrote the song, was inspired in “Baba O Riley” that of course should be taken as a salute to the Who. So what is the noise about it ? Well said Pete !


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