One Direction accused of ripping off The Clash on new single

Angry Twitter users claim boyband's new single 'Live While We're Young' copies punk classic 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go'

One Direction have been accused of ripping off The Clash on their new single ‘Live While We’re Young’.

Angry Twitter users have hit out at the boyband for copying the opening bars of the legendary punk band’s classic track ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to compare the two songs.

Writing on the social networking site, @joe_ridley said: “One direction stealing the start to ‘should I stay or should I go – the clash’ little shits!” while @Guywoodgate1989 fumed: “I hope One Direction are paying royalties to The Clash for that crap rip off of Should I Stay Or Go opening riff.” @GavanCasey, meanwhile, quipped: “One Direction’s new song sounds like what I imagine Satan’s tribute to The Clash would sound like, but slightly more melodic.”


One Direction were forced to release the video for ‘Live While We’re Young’ early after it was leaked online. The band, who were recently reported to have made £100 million between themselves in the last two years, release their second album ‘Take Me Home’ on November 12.