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One Direction fans tweet death threats to The Who

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Increasingly unoriginal boyband One Direction may be shameless plagiarists, but at least they have a loyal fanbase. Scrub that, at least they have a psychotic fanbase with homicidal inclinations. Peeved 1D fans have issued death threats to venerable rockers The Who, after experts pointed out that the boys' misleadingly-titled 'Best Song Ever' rips off elements of the Who classic 'Baba O'Riley'.

Two members of The Who are dead already, but the warnings that are bound to perplex the survivors, genial septuagenarians (look it up 1D fans) Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend include tweets like: "You're messing with the wrong fandom. We can kill you if we get the chance," and "have you ever seen a verrrry sharp knife?" The extra rs make that threat so much more menacing. As The Who were the house band of the sporadically violent Mod movement back in the 60s, chances are they have seen the occasional spot of weaponry, which is more than you can say for Harry Styles.

One Direction have previous form when it comes to purloining bits of classic rock hits. They ripped off the iconic intro to The Clash's 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' for one of their forgettable hits. After the release of 'Best Song Ever', a critic at Clickmusic suggested, "someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who's Baba O'Riley".

Producer Julian Bunetta admitted there were similarities. "At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there’s a synth and a piano," he said, "but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that."

If we can paraphrase that, One Direction estimated that their lawyers were better than The Who's lawyers before nicking the tune. Presumably Harry and his songwriting team are now busy listening to classic rock stations seeking inspiration for their next "composition".

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