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Legendary rockers The Who have announced they have no plans to ask One Direction to withdraw their new track Best Song Ever after a digital mob of rabid teenage girls bombarded them with death threats. The English rock band issued the statement yesterday, weeks after the boy band released their hit song. From the day of its …


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  1. PhilipN Silver badge

    Townshend's response

    Sheer bleeding class

    1. nsld
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      Re: Townshend's response

      whereas the response from the likes of that Caroline woman, Stella whats her face and the rest of the man hating femonazi's to a twitterstorm of threats of rape, murder or worse is exactly none at all.

      From that I can only deduce that the Who are proper men and not a bunch of wishy washy liberal tree huggers!

  2. Measurer


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  3. NorthernCoder

    1 Direction, who?

    1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

      I have a nasty habit of usually reading it as "1 dimensional" or similar. :)

      1. Anonymous IV

        1 dimensional

        Surely not as many as that ...

    2. jonathanb Silver badge

      They are a boy-band who upset their fan base of teenage girls when wishing Laura Robson good luck at Wimbledon.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Real band?

        "They are a boy-band"

        Hang on! You mean they are a serious band? I though it was just the summer silly season hit for this year. DO DO

        Push pineapple

        Shake the tree.

        Now that's class :-)

        (well, better than 1D anyway)

    3. horse of a different color


      I think they're contemporaries of Justine Beiber. I don't like her music either.

  4. stucs201

    Not just The Who

    A 'song' about some other song they can't remember? Sounds like they're ripping off Tenacious D too.

    1. Rampant Spaniel

      Re: Not just The Who

      I was just thinking that, although they did include a rather obvious riff from stairway to help the slower listeners.

      I wonder how many of those twatters will end up in court over those death threats etc. Not that you'd take them seriously from a 1 direction fan.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Not just The Who

        None of them because those making the threats were female and therefore it apparently doesn't count.

        Oh, and because Townsend has a thick enough skin to not call the police every time some idiot on the Internet makes vacuous threats towards him.

    2. Neil Charles

      Re: Not just The Who

      That's not fair, Tenacious D's wasn't the Best Song Ever.

      It was just a tribute.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: Not just The Who

        "That's not fair, Tenacious D's wasn't the Best Song Ever.

        It was just a tribute."

        Mate, I would love to buy you a pint or two just for that comment. Brilliant.

        1. Colin Ritchie

          Re: Not just The Who

          Ten D vs. 1D ? We win baby!

          Maybe 1D should talk about the Hard F*cking....

  5. Valerion

    All seem to be rip-offs

    I've heard 2 of their songs. One rips off Summer Loving from Grease and the other rips of Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash.

    Sounds like business as usual for them, then.

    1. plrndl

      Re: All seem to be rip-offs

      At least they have a number of influences, unlike Oasis.

    2. Vociferous

      Re: All seem to be rip-offs

      Their fans haven't heard anything released in the old millennium, to them One Direction's derivate is the original.

      If you want to feel old: Go to Youtube, look up any rock song more than ten years old, and see what beer commercial, game, or animation the commenters think it originates from (or which present band's cover it is a "shitty cover" of).

    3. Shasta McNasty

      Re: All seem to be rip-offs

      The majority of songs out now are "re-mixes", "sampled from", "a tribute to" or "re-releases" of existing songs. Hell, most of the top 40 all "feature" other artists because they can't manage a whole song on their own.

      Incidentally, Florence & the Machine's "Shake it out" samples a song from the 80s that I can't place my finger on. From 3:45 onwards if anyone know it...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Shasta McNasty

        Something by Eurythmics/Annie Lennox ?

      2. Sir Gaz of Laz

        Re: All seem to be rip-offs


        Its like the ruff from America by Neil Diamond, crossed with Tarzan Boy by Baltimore...

  6. James Hughes 1

    Not only are The Who better than One Direction,but so are...well....almost anyone. Even the Bay City Roller's. Even Renee and Renato give them a run for their money.

    1. Swarthy
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      I think even The Captain and Tennille have one up on 1 Direction.

      1. jelabarre59

        I think I'd rather listen to Diamanda Galas than "NoDirection"....

    2. Blank Reg

      That's because back then some level of musical talent was required before you could make music. Now all you need is your team of marketing and PR people, stylists, song writers, etc., and of course the guy to run the software that makes it sound like you can actually sing.

      1. Amorous Cowherder

        "Now all you need is your team of marketing and PR people, stylists, song writers, etc.,"

        Have you been a rock club night in the last 2-3 years? You'd be surprised at just how many talented kids there are out there willing to still work a music career the "old-fashioned" way, ie by actually learning to play and write music, then work their arses off gaining a proper dedicated fan base the hard way. They will take a shitty 15 min slot at the bottom of a 250 seat club to play in front of 20 people, usually for free to gain proper experience. Even as an old fart of 40+ years I still love going to club gigs seeing young bands learning to make music career the hard way.

        Don't lump all young modern musicians together, there are still a hell of a lot of young musicians with integrity and drive, doing the right thing.

        1. Captain DaFt

          there are still a hell of a lot of young musicians with integrity and drive, doing the right thing.

          It's a shame most of us'll never hear them. Their integrity makes it too hard for the big lables to 'groom' them properly, ie: ripoff with onerous contracts.

        2. Blank Reg

          I wasn't implying that there aren't still talented musicians as there definitely are, and I've seen plenty in clubs over the years. But such talent is no longer a prerequisite for success.

          If you look at the current big name "artists" few of them have any real talent. Top 40 lists are littered with more talentless fluff than ever before, not that I've ever been one to listen much to top 40 even when it did require some musical ability.

          1. h3

            Talent was never a necessary thing for success.

            The difference was the really big bands were all talented in some way.

            Cannot think of anything past the 80's in pop music that has talent.

            (Queen / Prince / Michael Jackson had talent regardless of whether you liked the Music or not).

            Cannot think of much after that totally mainstream pop music.

            Rick Rubin and people like him probably have provided more than any of the artists.

            Porn has more in common with pop Music now than anything to do with Music.

            1. James Hughes 1


              Cool - seen all those three live. When they were alive.

              But I would argue Muse are pretty good for a modern band. And, I fear for saying this, but Lady Gaga seems quite talented. And The Leisure Society (if you like folky stuff) have produced some good little ditties.

            2. Triggerfish

              To be fair

              I remember as a kid there was an awful lot of shit in the charts then that did well as well. "I should be so lucky" for example. Even then it seemed an awful lot of the good music rarely made it in to the top of the charts.

          2. P. Lee

            >Top 40 lists are littered with more talentless fluff than ever before

            Its an industry, run by businessmen, not musicians. Return on investment is far more important than anything else.

        3. davetalis

          Very true, there's too much brilliant talent around working hard with very little recognition while some total dross makes it into the charts on hype and publicity. Go to open mic nights around the country (i live near Guildford, which thanks to the ACM there is overloaded with really good musicians), and you'll see lots of great music.

          1. NomNomNom

            I can still remember real music from when I was a child, sitting in the parlor listening to evening song accompanied by the the pump organ. Then all the new shit came along. People were suddenly dressing up to dance at the music hall. We don't dance while eating supper so why the fuck do they want us to dance while listening to music?? I blame the gramophone for making music popular among the wrong sort.

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  7. dcd

    Can one assune .........

    .... that given all the recent "think of the children" bloat regarding social media, that said media and the authorities will be waving their collective fingers at the kids regarding this?

    You know, balance etc.

  8. James12345

    Isn't Pete Townshend meant to keep away from 1 Direction fans?

    1. PhilipN Silver badge

      Yes, but ...

      For balance, I suggest you read Townshend's autobiography in which he covers this incident fully.

      You're welcome.

      1. James12345

        Re: Yes, but ...

        You don't need to read his autobiography, as his defence is summed up here -

        But lets recap what Stuart Hall said originally -

        And that later turned in to something quite different -

        Just sayin'...

    2. Vociferous

      Tween girls threatening to rape a convicted paedophile.

      Pretty sure that's one of the signs of the apocalypse.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Hmm on the register for 5 years and you still think this.

        Oh and I mean the sex offenders register, not this one.......yeah, complete the punchline yourselves.

        1. Vociferous

          Yeah, I'm _way_ off base here

          I mean, he only paid with credit card for access to a kiddie-porn site because he wanted to do research!

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Yeah, I'm _way_ off base here

            If you and I had done it we'd have been dealt with a lot harsher.

  9. HuwLewis

    Sad Gits

    Well at least they're learning the business by copying class - and at least they didn't think it was the CSI theme music...

    Would it be possible to amass an army of aged mods with Vest Zimmer frames to defend the Who? Now that would be scary.

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    2. HuwLewis

      Re: Sad Gits

      Bleedin Auto Correct

      Of course I meant VESPA Zimmer Frames...

      1. Kubla Cant

        Re: Sad Gits

        Of course I meant VESPA Zimmer Frames...

        Take my advice, ride a Lambretta. You don't get the auto-correct problems.

        1. andreas koch

          @ Kubla Cant - Re: Sad Gits

          > . . .

          ride a Lambretta.

          . . .<

          Did you mean "Lamb Rapist" ?

    3. Vociferous

      Re: Sad Gits

      Sadly, this is not them at all. They don't write or arrange their music, and they probably know little or nothing about The Who. Boy bands like these are a product, their job is (in order of importance) to be cute, dance, and sing the songs given to them by their producer. The songs are commissioned from professional songwriters, which you can safely assume are middle-aged men with a solid background in music and familiar with The Who.

      This is not to say that the members of boy bands may not be genuinely talented (e.g. Robbie Williams), but they have zero freedom and near zero influence while in the boy band.

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        1. MJI Silver badge

          Re: Sad Gits

          But he is entertaining

  10. lglethal Silver badge

    I assume the plod are looking into this...

    Since their has been some very loud media ranting about people on twitter threatening murder and rape and how such people deserve to be chased down and arrested t by the police, I assume Scotland Yard's finest are chasing down these 1 Diuretic tossers and bringing them before the courts?

    Whilst its "probably" safe to assume that there are no real threats in that lot, how can you be sure one isnt real? At the very least it might begin to get the yoof of today to realise that what you do online CAN be taken into account in the REAL world!

    Or do we only chase after the twitter "trolls" when they are abusing women now?

    1. Tom 38

      Re: I assume the plod are looking into this...

      So, if someone threatens to rape you, then its a real threat, but if they threaten to rape your deceased mother, its just japes?

    2. James Micallef Silver badge

      Re: I assume the plod are looking into this...

      "Or do we only chase after the twitter "trolls" when they are abusing women now?"

      That, and when they're "threatening" to blow up airports

    3. ElNumbre

      Re: I assume the plod are looking into this...

      Well, I for one am...

      <checks the DM Website for guidance>

      ..shocked, appalled and offended by their language and I feel that David Cameron should do something about the Wand Erection and their reckless psychological impact on the decent, middle class white people of today.

      1. Intractable Potsherd

        Re: I assume the plod are looking into this... @ElNumbre

        "Wand Erection"!!!

        Your fault, bastard :-)

    4. Tom 13

      Re: I assume the plod are looking into this...

      Look mate, while I agree with you in principle, even we 'Merkins don't have enough jails to hold them if we mete out appropriate sentences. So much as it pains me to say it, Pete taking it like a man is the best that we can manage. I wish we could do better by him.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I particularly liked...

    " — ❤ ilysm liam ❤ (@l4rryy) August 15, 2013


    Surely any Rocker getting on a bit (not just Pete T) would love to have 15 million pissed girls outside their house

    1. TrishaD

      Re: I particularly liked...

      At times like this, one cant help wishing that Keith Moon were still alive ...

      1. Darryl

        Re: I particularly liked...

        Or even Keith Richards

        1. LazyLazyman

          Re: I particularly liked...

          I'm pretty sure Keith Richards is, legally speaking, still alive. Medically is an all together more complex question.

    2. Goldmember

      Re: I particularly liked...

      I quite liked this one:

      "or else you will wake up to billions of directioners with knives and guns"

      So at least a third of the world's population are not only 'directioners', but are crazy enough about their beloved 1Dimensional (thanks Nick Ryan, I'm using that now) that they're willing to wait outside Pete T's house with 'knives and guns'. I think I'd be crying with despair if I wasn't laughing about it.

      Still, as it's Friday let's find the bright side. Apart from the lack of any punctuation, at least this one has no cringeworthy spelling mistakes. Clearly that individual hasn't yet figured out how to turn off predictive text.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: I particularly liked...

        So at least a third of the world's population are not only 'directioners', but are crazy enough...they're willing to wait outside Pete T's house with 'knives and guns'"

        So, if all these people manage to arrive in the UK at the same time and then stand in nice even circles around his house, shoulder to shoulder, waving knives and guns in the air, what area of the UK will they cover? And how many portaloos will be required?

        It'd be best if they fly into the UK through major airports to be sure of getting through security with all that illicit hardware.

        1. Tom 13

          Re: what area of the UK will they cover?

          Playmobil reconstruction required!

    3. Juillen 1

      Re: I particularly liked...

      Thought you got that every evening if you lived in Cardiff centre.

    4. Someone Else Silver badge
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      @ AC 12:44 Re: I particularly liked...

      Isn't it amazing the fun you can have translating English into English?

    5. Tom 13

      Re: I particularly liked...

      Remember, they're 'Merkins. "Pissed" over here means something quite different from what it means on your side of the pond. This side of the pond it means something akin to a one-person soccer riot, or as you lot call it football.

  12. hi_robb


    I bought my wife a one direction ticket earlier!

    To Australia...

    /gets coat

    1. Lyle Dietz

      Re: Well...

      If you don't want her, what makes you think we do.

      Aw hell, with a few beers I'm sure she'll look all-right.

    2. Robert Ramsay

      Re: Well...

      ...did she go of her own accord? No, wait...

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sounds like


    A typical Friday night for the staff at Newcastle station.

  14. alann2

    Will twitter fess up to the addresses of.......

    These mad monk teenage girls (mostly) who make death and rape threats? or will that just be for people who are genuinely perplexed about an airport being closed?

    1. LazyLazyman

      Re: Will twitter fess up to the addresses of.......

      I think you mean vexed... I don't think anyone has threaten to blow up an airport because they were confused about why it was closed.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Will twitter fess up to the addresses of.......

      Dunno, and why aren't the - (oh let's be charitable) - band's PR munchkins on Twitter telling their fans to cut back on the rapey threats?

      Today, the 1-D fans are in uproar because Channel 4 showed some of them as borderline terrifying monomaniacs. Rather than reminding their fans that there are other things to do than obsess over the group, the publicists blame the TV station and fan the flames.

      Christ only knows what will happen when the band inevitably (and please make it soon) breaks up. I can only guess it will look like something from World War Z - only less musical.

      1. Tom 13

        Re: the publicists blame the TV station


        I wonder if there could be a SCO like suit available there. Differentiated by having an actual legal basis of course.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    15M psychotic girls

    Lucky that none of those fifteen million teenage psychos reads the Register or you'd get death threats for saying the Who are way better ;-)

  16. Rampant Spaniel

    Ah the teenage hive mind, like the borg but with more hormones and less facts and reasoning.

    1. dcd

      The Borg would pass them bye.

      That is all.

      1. Tom 13

        Re: The Borg would pass them bye.

        But A Boy and His Dog probably wouldn't.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There was a previous twitter storm from 1D fans a week or two back in response to GQ magazine producing 5 versions of their magazine each featuring a different member of 1D on the cover so that "true fans" were obliged to buy 5 copies and either that or some response to complaints that GQ received generated a similar torrent of hate. There's a couple of rather "interesting" articles on the Guardian where they try to put the blame on GQ for "exploiting fans" and they deserved what they got while at the same time trying to maintain that these hate-tweets from teenage girls to GQ were clearly completely different from gate-tweets from men to female journalists etc.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thank fuck

    that my offspring are male.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Thank fuck

      And you think those pretty, pretty boys don't have a young male following ....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Thank fuck

        If the young male following are smart and straight, then they will be following 1D for the huge female fanbase, would be like shooting fish in a barrel for them.

        On another note it's clearly obvious there will be no follow up by the Police as a threat from a young teenage girl to rape an older male is less of a threat and probably hoped to be more of a promise. The death threats might get a look at though, females tend to be the more vicious of the species.

        1. DrGoon

          Re: Thank fuck

          "On another note it's clearly obvious there will be no follow up by the Police"

          Presumably because neither of the other two former members would have anything to do with working with Sting these days.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Thank fuck

        "And you think those pretty, pretty boys don't have a young male following ...."

        Yes, they might well have a (substantially smaller) number of young males in their fanbase, but thankfully my Foo-Fighter and Rush following young male offspring aren't amongst them.

        1. Jack Project

          Re: Thank fuck

          Rush? How are old are your "young male offspring"?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Thank fuck

            Rush? How are old are your "young male offspring"?

            The one that's into Rush is 13. Just about prime 1-direction age, I'd have thought.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Thank fuck

              Oh, and before you say "parental influence", I don't particularly like Rush myself, and his mum most certainly doesn't. I've no idea about his stepfather (yes, I'm happily divorced), but on the basis that the wee man hates him with a passion then I doubt he'd be influenced from that direction.

              I think actually it might well have been Guitar Hero.

        2. h3

          Re: Thank fuck

          I saw Foo Fighters for £15 in a small (certainly less than 1500 people) venue.

          When they had just made the album with Monkey Wrench on it.

          Now it costs £80 and you cannot even really see them in an equivalent venue. (I don't like outside or stadium gigs).

          1. Twyst

            Re: Thank fuck

            As that was their only good album I'd say you've done pretty well for yourself.

          2. Mike Pellatt

            Re: Foo Fighters for £15 ??

            Pah. I'll raise you 50p to see Genesis when they were supporting Lindisfarne on tour and the venue (Kingston Poly) was too small for Lindisfarne to be arsed to play at.

      3. Tom 13
        Paris Hilton

        Re: pretty, pretty boys

        I thought they were all stuck at the Hotel California. I hear it's a lovely place.

    2. MJI Silver badge

      Re: Thank fuck

      Well I have a few, boys not bothered but like rock music, just let them play Minecraft and they are happy.

      Daughter likes Florence and the Machine, but used to be Two Door Cinema Club mad, but she never went beyond a poster, CDs T Shirt and seeing them live.

      She HATES no direction!

      1. Vociferous

        Re: Thank fuck

        Florence & The Machine is a great band. Commend your daughter for her excellent taste in music.

  19. squigbobble

    I prefer to spell it...

    ...Wand Erection.

  20. MJI Silver badge

    Hmm perhaps some prosecution

    I think a few no direction fans should be prosecuted for their threats, well if it is suitable for some people perhaps a few of these morons should be done.

    1. Mtech25

      Re: Hmm perhaps some prosecution

      Well maybe we should arrest the band itself, obviously for inciting violence with their bland lyrics,

      Personally when I hear them I want to commit a violent act, apparently their fans are not that different

  21. Anonymous Coward

    1 *rection

    The first time I heard my pre-teen daughter saying the boysband name I reply "1 *rection??Poor kids, just 1 and that's it!"

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    1 direction

    they get their name from sexual orientation...

    1. Vociferous

      Re: 1 direction

      ...just like Backdoor... I mean Backstreet Boys.

  23. DJO Silver badge

    Won't get fooled again

    See title for what's really the best (rock) song ever.

    (Icon - Keith Moon's drum kit after said song.)

    1. MJI Silver badge

      Re: Won't get fooled again

      I always thought it was odd how the Mods followed The Who, quite a bit different to their usual stuff.

      Back in the last revival in the early 80s Mods were everywhere, but the rock fans used to take the piss out of their scooters.

      Only thing is the rock fans usually loved NWOBHM and 70s heavy rock, but also liked the heavier Who songs. Common transport for rock fans then were Jap motorcycles.

  24. Francis Vaughan


    Baba O'Riley of course owes a clearly acknowledged debt to A Rainbow in Curved Air by Terry Riley, whihc is echoed in the opening synthesiser riff, and to Meher Baba, who Pete Townsend was significantly influenced by. It is a deep song, and goes well past "teenage wasteland".

    And, I just wasted five minutes of my life I won't get back again, and listened to the new song. The opening is quite clearly Baba O'Riley, it isn't a coincidence, in even has a hint of the Terry Riley atonal synthesiser riff in the background. It is only a few bars, and if anything I would say that it is a homage to The Who more than anything else. Whoever wrote it knew exactly what they were doing. The rest of the song is mostly a ripoff of the 80's big hair band anthemic songs.

    What it might do is get a few yoof of today listening to The Who, ones that had never heard them before. That can't be bad thing.

    1. Kubla Cant

      Re: Homage

      I always thought that Baba O'Riley owed its ultimate debt to Steve Reich.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Definitely not the best song

    The best song ever is Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull.

    1. Shrimpling

      Re: Definitely not the best song

      I prefer Aqualung but I don't think that would go down very well with the parents of the 1D fans...

      1. Oninoshiko

        Parenting, wot's dat?

        That's okay, I would thing threatening murder and rape wouldn't go down well either.

    2. h3

      Re: Definitely not the best song

      I think the Blimp by Captain Beefheart is my favourite from that sort of era.

      (Never seen them live but I have been told (by people who have) they managed to make it exactly the same live as the album no tricks no gimmicks.)

    3. peterrat
      Thumb Up

      Re: Definitely not the best song

      Still got the album!

  26. Phil W

    "Directioners" describe One Direction


    Turdy? Like the 'music' that they produce?

  27. Stretch


    Haven't they ripped off the music from The Who and the idea from Tenacious D?

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    how dull

    Yet another reason to ban breeding among humans.

  29. Irongut


    Pete Townshend would probably like that.

    Where's the book Pete?

  30. d3rrial

    Eltern haften für ihre Kinder

    In Germany there's a way to shift legal liability from underage and not prosecutable people to their parents, as to make them personally liable for anything their offspring did, as long as they are not at legal age. Does this exist in the UK also? if so, this may be a nice way to educate parents about parenting on your little island. Then maybe even your Great Pornfirewall of UK may become obsolete!

  31. Chris G

    No Direction

    I have had a little look at and a listen to this ?band? and clearly Simon Cowell is the latest incarnation of Stock Aitkin and Waterman just churning out average plagiaristic bands where-ever the current money is. In other words the POP business as opposed to the music business.

    I was waiting for a client in Ibiza airport the other day and noticed a bunch of teen girls and then later a bunch of teen boys with hairstyles that looked remeniscent of a bald guy's scrape-over but on the front of their heads! Wondered what it was about; now I know.

    I thought the girls looked weird but boys definitely looked as though they would fit well into the large summer gay community we have here.

    Compared to the Who they are nothing, I was at the Charlton concert in '76 Headlined by the Who with supporting bands Alex Harvey, Keef Hartley, Little Feat, etc Now that's what I call music!

    The day started with pi.. pouring rain, everything was late but well worth waiting for and I think that concert is still in the record books as one of the loudest ever.

    Just found this;

  32. Andrew Jones 2

    I assume those making death threats / threatening to rape family are not going to be arrested then?

    That's a shame......

  33. Brian Allan

    The Who are way, way better than "that other band"!!

  34. Anomalous Cowshed

    1 direction

    It was really depressing to have my daughter show me videos of this dismal nothingness (and a few other even worse ones) on youtube, and expect an impressed reaction. My hopes of bringing up an enlightened new generation that was better than the previous one were dealt a severe blow.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 1 direction

      My son is five and still likes stuff like Orbital and Royksopp, so I'm holding out hope I can protect him from pop music. I even got him to listen to a couple of tracks from Coltrane's Stellar Regions, but when I asked him what he thought he just scowled for a moment and said, "Hmm... I don't know...."

      My advice would be to play good music as much as possible. It's exposure that matters, and even if she doesn't start -liking- good stuff any time soon, she'll subconsciously start to learn to -understand- it whether she wants to or not. And with that will come hope for the future...

    2. jelabarre59

      Re: 1 direction

      Meanwhile, my daughter at age 6 was in her room dancing/grooving to Jumi Hendrix. And just the other day (at 7 years old), she wanted me to play the YouTube video for "Hey Jude". Didn't even know she knew the song, but she was kind-of singing along with it.

      Now, if I could play guitar or keyboards, I'd be teaching her.

  35. Anonymous Coward

    What's up with you Brits threatening to rape people all of a sudden? For years nothing, and then WHAM, inside two months I swear I've seen so much news about it that you'd think nobody in the UK was doing anything -but- announcing their intentions for violent sexual assault. Is it because everyone's on holiday? It's all very odd, I must say.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      There's been a record rapeseed harvest this year. Just sayin'. In a month we'll all be back to the usual threats of buggery.

      1. Don Dumb

        There's been a record rapeseed harvest this year.

        Hasn't it just, it's been doing my hayfever no good at all. I keep reading articles with these twitter comments and straight away my eyes start watering

  36. Haku

    1 Direction? I'd rather listen to 2 Unlimited

    You know, back when pop music was good.

  37. stephajn

    William Shatner put it nicely...

    ...for all these tard girls when he said, "I seriously mean when I say get a life."

    1. Tom 13

      Re: William Shatner put it nicely...

      Since you brought him up I'll have to ask...

      If there's anyone out there who has listened to both this monodirection band and Shatner's album, which is better?

      Beer if you can answer the question, because you probably deserve at least two.

  38. jelabarre59

    He's Always When I grow Up

    At least when the Pussycat Dolls were ripping off... oh, excuse me, "sampling" The Yardbirds' "He's Always There" (sampled throughout "When I Grow Up"), the resulting song was *listenable*.

    1. BrownishMonstr

      Re: He's Always When I grow Up

      Or alternatively, the videos were watchable.

      No, but seriously, only a few of the Doll's songs were okay, most was crap.

  39. Diogenes

    Now I know why I couldn't settle year 8 girls

    They were babbling on about 1 Erection and some old farts trying to get a song banned because 1 Erection copied it. - Didn't have the details so I quickly switched to discussion on copyright in music (normally do this later in term) and gave local examples - love these teaching moments

  40. Mitoo Bobsworth

    Simon Cowell

    'nuff said.

  41. Cornholio

    I'm so old

    Was it One Direction that Benjamin Zephaniah had to listen to when he was on Radio 4's "I've never seen Star Wars"? One of the funniest things I've heard for a long time, and I'm sure he found more than one track on the album that was, shall we say, heavily influenced by a classic.

  42. Adam Foxton

    15 million pissed girls at his door?

    The Who are proper rockstars. That's a Wednesday afternoon crowd of women for them.

  43. mark darwen

    I hope some action is taken

    Not because i'm from the censorship camp, i have flamed, close to the knuckle, with the best of them back in the day, i hold freedom of speech close to my heart, however any resulting legal action may actually help to focus the mind of the younger generation regarding online abuse, newsround here we come, it may also do the same for the couldn't care less parenting attitude that obviously exists when it comes to the appropriate use of today's technology. It may also help to dismiss the stereotypical view about internet trolls being sad 20-30 something guys in their mums house locked in the bedroom (i'm in my 40's before you start fucktards).

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    BRIT Awards - 1988

    The uproar amongst the teenyboppers (as they were called then) when their idol Rick Astley got an award but wasn't shown receiving it because the show was running late; and their outrage was magnified because some old farts (The Who) got as 'Outstanding contributors' did start playing as he was walking to the stage.

  45. squigbobble

    This might cheer up the commentards

    Sadly this didn't happen in Iraq and it was a scottish lass wot dun it.

  46. Allan George Dyer

    Who says "The Kids Are Alright"?

    "Don't Let Go the Coat"

  47. david 12 Silver badge

    "Well, it appears that teenage girls are just as bad"

    A Poison Pen letter has always been a female crime. Just like hitting blokes has always been a male crime.

    And like "stalking", a poison pen letter has always been the crime of a person with too much time on their hands.

    Has trolling been a male crime up to now? I know of no particular evidence either way, but certainly the existence of sexist misogynistic content is no evidence: that has always been a characteristic of female-on-female poison pen letters.

  48. Wolfhound57

    I was going to post a response

    but it seems unlikely the 'directioners' idiots would have read this article it probably contains too many loong words, still I will continue.

    It is likely that I like the song in question as the name One Direction rings some distant bells in my memory but I can categorically state that to me it isn't 'the best song ever' nor, come to that is the Who's.

    Personally I would find it impossible to name what in my opinion might fit that title and I think most intelligent people would find the same problem as myself - too many options in my reasonably long life.

    How stupid we can be when young - sad.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is what happens when you leave the internet to look after your kids ('cause you can't be arsed)!

  50. Ace Rimmer

    "X Factor losers"

    Best description for One Direction and their fanbase I've ever heard.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    15 million pissed girls on your doorstep

    Could a few be sent to me please

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