Roger Daltrey has criticised today’s music artists, asking what has happened to their “sense of angst and purpose”.
The Who frontman, who along with Pete Townshend is set to perform a series of shows marking the band's 50th anniversary, said it is difficult to start a movement now “unless it's ISIS”.
“Here we are with the world in the state it is in and we’ve got One Direction,” he said in an interview with The Mail on Sunday's Event magazine. “Where are the artists writing with any real sense of angst and purpose?”
The 70-year-old, who famously sang the lyrics “hope I die before I get old”, went on: “There are no movements at the moment: we had mod and then there was punk, but it’s so hard to start a movement now. Unless it’s ISIS.”
However, 69-year-old Townshend said he was not bothered by similarities pointed out between One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and The Who's "Baba O'Riley".
“It wasn't important enough to get excited about,” the guitarist said.
“I could hear a bit of The Who in it, but so what? Considering the stuff we ripped off over the years, it doesn't really matter.”
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
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'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
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'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
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'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
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'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
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'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
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'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
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When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
10/20 One Direction
'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
13/20 One Direction
'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
14/20 One Direction
''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
18/20 One Direction
'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
19/20 One Direction
'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
20/20 One Direction
'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
Meanwhile, Townshend describes his relationship with Daltrey as “a longstanding friendship that has turned into a bonded love, founded on a deeper understanding of each other's limitations”.
“I love him,” said Daltrey. “We're like brothers I suppose.”
Daltrey's comments come after Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason praised the boy band, saying they have “some good songs”.
“I don’t subscribe to this idea that musicians don’t make good music anymore. The standard of musicians is higher now than it was in my day,” he told The Sun at an awards ceremony.
In any case, One Direction do not look set to slow down any time soon. Their 2013 release Midnight Memories currently holds the title of the most pre-ordered album of all time.Reuse content