One of Pete Townshend’s best songs was “Baba O’Reilly” from the brilliant Who’s Next album of 1971. But then along came One Direction.
A reviewer on a music site called Clickmusic opined that there were similarities between “Baba O’Reilly” and One Direction’s new track, “Best Song Ever.” Somehow One Direction fans got it in their head that Pete was most annoyed at this and had launched a campaign to have “Best Song Ever” removed from the Internet forever.
Little girls everywhere launched a Twitter storm with the hash tage #donttouchbestsongever. Here’s a selection of the messages directed at poor Pete (via Spin.com)
– “you are inviting trouble we are a dangerous lot we even have news reports and documentary we are the al qaeda of 2013”
– “You should be afraid, we’re psychotic. If you delete it, you don’t wanna know what’ll happen;)”
– “I’LL KILL UR FIRST BORN I DIDN’T SLEEP JUST TO BEAT THAT RECORD FOR THE BOYS 3RD YR ANNIVERSARY HOW DARE U”
– “! I will catch you , and i will kill you if you do it !! :'(“
– “I swear to god, if u touch this song we will kill u and eat ur fucking head, bitch! So Calm Your Tits And STFU!!” [39 times in a row]
Pete had to issue a statement setting the record straight. He’s probably still in hiding.
If you’re curious, here’s a side-by-side comparison. Skip ahead to about 2:00 in the clip to start hearing the song.
And if you’re one of the One Direction mob who tweeted “Who is the Who?,” listen and learn.