The One Direction lads have spoken out about claims that they have ripped off parts of their new Single ‘Live While We’re Young’ from The Clash’s hit 1982 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I go’. They have been accused of stealing riffs from the punk rock band’s song but Harry and Louis are not really denying it!
18-year old Harry has admitted the similarity, telling BBC News: “It was kind of on purpose though. It's a great riff, so."
Louis, 20, divulged a little more than his fellow boy-band member, explaining that it may sound similar, just as their hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ has an opening not dissimilar to the musical Grease’s ‘Summer Nights’.
“It's a bit like the first single where the opening riff sounds similar to a certain film,” he said. He also discussed the point that with all the riffs in music it is hard to create a completely unique one.
“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?”
Fair point, we suppose.
What do you think?
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