One Direction are answering claims that they have copied the famous riff from the 1982 hit song "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by the Clash on their new single "Live While We're Young."
They are saying they did it on purpose, according to RTE
. Harry Styles told the BBC, "It was kind of on purpose though. It's a great riff."
He also confirmed that their hit "What Makes You Beautiful" gives a nod to the Grease song Summer Nights: "It's a bit like the first single where the opening riff sounds similar to a certain film..."
Said Louis Tomlinson: "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?"