One Direction 2012: 1D accused of sampling The Clash song on Live While We’re Young!
Fans of One Direction have no doubt heard the band’s new single Live While We’re Young about a trillion times already, but some listeners reckon that 1D have “ripped off” a famous guitar riff…
When the video to Live While We’re Young debuted on YouTube, some angry fans took to internet forum to complain that the opening bars of the track are the same as those on The Clash’s hit, Should I Stay or Should I Go.
One listener wrote, “One Direction clearly tried ripping off the Clash with the intro to their new song.”
And another added, “Oh no. One Direction have nicked the intro to Should I Stay Or Should I Go by the Clash. Sacrilege.”
However, the leak – and subsequent official music video – have done little to harm sales, and pre-orders have already broken all records in around fifty countries.
Here’s a reminder of the song and video from 1D…
And here’s The Clash…
But of course, 1D’s fans hit back at critics of the track, similarly bombarding internet forums and social networking sites with praise for the song.
What do you think? Did 1D “rip off” The Clash? Does it even matter?
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