Mick Jones - "oi! can I have my riff back!'
Mick Jones – “oi! can I have my riff back!’

Boy band One Direction have sort of admitted to stealing the Clash riff from Should I Stay or Should I Go.

Earlier this week their song caused twitter outrage but we remained clam- after all pop music is all about stealing and re-moulding the past.

The band noticed the outrage and one of them called Harry Styles
said, ‘It was kind of on purpose though. It’s a great riff, so”¦’

Maybe they could throw some royalties towards the Clash?

Meanwhile, his bandmate Louis Tomlinson said that it was inevitable that songwriters would pen tracks which sounded similar to older efforts, claiming: “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?”

We are not sure if the band actually write the songs they sing but at least they are giving a nod to where the riff came from…

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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