Pete Townshend Threatened with Death by One Direction Fans

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.

Uh-oh.

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.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

8 thoughts on “Pete Townshend Threatened with Death by One Direction Fans

  • August 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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    So how exactly would 1D fans go after Pete? Throw their bedazzled cellphones at him?

    "Hey mom, I have to go throw my bedazzled cellphone and some old guy, can you wait outside in the minivan?"

    Pete must be sitting back facepalming right now.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm
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    iamsuperdan: oh the images in my head have me laughing so hard!

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  • August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm
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    Ok wait.

    I'm having trouble understanding this story.

    This is what I have so far;

    #1. We have a faction of One Direction fans that think that Townshend was mad about "Best Song Ever" and therefore, they will remove it from the Internet.

    #2. We have another faction of One Direction fans that do like "Best Song Ever" and think that the guy who's possibly being ripped off should be killed. Because I have twitter, and I am therefore, always right about everything.

    Did I miss anything in this wonderful showcase of I Hope I Die Soon Because I Don't Want These Drillbits Caring For Me When I Get Old?

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  • August 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm
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    Then again some obscure artist or a classical music composer (probably long gone) that could've threatened Pete Townshend. Gotta love the laptop generation of teens.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 1:58 am
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    80: No, the 1D fans thought that Townshend was going to try and have Best Song Ever expunged from the internet.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 2:48 am
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    Is there actually a way to remove a song from the Internet forever?! Wow I need to find out how coz I've got a list!

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  • August 17, 2013 at 3:20 am
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    All One Direction songs should be expunged from the internet…….not because they sound like Baba O'Reilly……..but because they sound like sh!t.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 4:12 am
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    … Highest form of flattery! This all sounds like an electronic version… rehashed from music histories past… (with much less cooth).

    Maybe we should do away with music…, Flinging poop sounds more entertaining, the monkeys do it… and we are very closely related… de evolving!

    My Grandmother said, " the problems of the world never change… just the people!

    Just smile and wave…

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