Everyone has heard of the band One Direction. Even yours truly, who rarely listens to music anymore. But I heard One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” on late night TV a couple of weeks ago and you could have knocked me over with a feather. Parts of it sound incredibly similar to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”
Draw your own conclusions. I happen to be an old Def Lep fan, and to me One Direction is just another boy band imitating (plagiarizing?) real rockers.
That said, Def Lep has shown what a class act they are. They have grounds for a nasty plagiarism suit but decided to take the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” route and drop the matter.
“The chords are one-four-five. Those are the blues. You don’t get more basic than that. I think what’s more reminiscent of the LEPPARD thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it’s assembled. That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it’s a cool sound. I think a lot of people of their generation aren’t going to connect their music to ours.”
One Direction might not like being dissed as “these kids,” but they caught a real break on this one. I hope they know that.