Ok so I have already hit this band with a rant once already and my plan was to not cover the same topic or band more than once, particularly in such a small amount of time, but those damn One Direction boys have just made it so damn easy.
If you read my review of their new song “live while we’re young” you would know that I pointed out that the opening riff was so close to being the opening riff of “should I stay or should I go” by The Clash.
But now it’s not just interviewers, reviewers and angry little old me pointing it out, the boys them self are saying it and proving they don’t know a thing about music while they are at it.
To say the very least on the matter is the fact that they didn't say anything about it for days after the songs release, much like the 1st time they stole a riff (that's what makes you beautiful is just summer loving from Greece). I think they have just left it and hoped that no one would notice and didn't say anything until this time it was pointed out to them.
When it was pointed out they came up with this: “we kind of did it on purpose” and this: “I assume it must be quite difficult to do a unique riff now because there have been so many songs – surely there’s only so many riffs you can pull out?”. Which leads me to wonder, DO THESE BLOODY KIDS EVEN KNOW THE CLASH? And more importantly, DO THESE POINT AND SING ROBOTS KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MUSICAT ALL?
How exactly do you kind of do something on purpose? You can’t kind of mean to push someone down the stairs, or kind of throw a rock at someone on purpose. I just don’t understand. The only way this could kind of come close to making sense was if by “kind of” they mean “the riff was written, it sounded like another song and after we worked that out we still used it”
And as for the it must be hard to write new riffs comment, well that for starters shows that they don’t write their songs at all, otherwise he would KNOW whether writing riffs is hard or not, and more importantly, how did the person who DID write the riff not realize it was from another song.
All I have left to say is this, it seems to me that all the people involved in the writing, recording and releasing of this song only had one thing in mind $$$$$$$$$$ and really thought that seeing as the average age of One Directions fans are 12 to 16 years old they all just hoped that none of them had stolen mum or dad’s old music, and had never heard of The Clash before. It seems to me the idea was that they could make enough money to cover the costs when they finally get sued that it doesn’t matter when people noticed the stolen riff.