Comparing 1D to the Fab Four was a step too far

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone
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Well, as I predicted in last week’s column, my One Direction bashing got more than a bit of stick online.

When the article was posted on the Falkirk Herald Facebook page, there were many comments from readers who either agreed wholeheartedly, or told me I was an idiot if I didn’t think 1D were amazing.

Someone even compared the band and the hysteria they generate to The Beatles.

And that was a step too far in my book.

You can tell me my opinion isn’t valid or that I wouldn’t know good music if it bit me on the lug hole, but do not ever compare five ‘X Factor’ contestants to the greatest band of all time.

The Beatles completely reinvented popular music and have sold more albums and singles in the UK and America than any other band.

They continually evolved, going from rock and roll, skiffle and pop in their 12 years together, and Lennon and McCartney are generally considered to be the best songwriting duo of all time.

So not much like a put-together boy band that, let’s face it, have a shelf life of another three years at the most.

As you can maybe tell, I’m a bit of a Beatles fan, but then who isn’t?

A few years ago I had the pleasure of going down to Liverpool for a Beatlesmania weekend. We stayed in the Beatles hotel just round the corner from the famous Cavern Club that hosted the mop tops almost 300 times and went on a taxi tour hosted by a Beatles expert, taking in all the band’s childhood homes and stopping off at places of interest - including the church where Lennon and McCartney first met.

Liverpool champions its biggest group and there are plaques and statues around the city marking their achievement. They host a Beatles festival every year with thousands of fans from around the world descending upon the city to celebrate the Fab Four.

Will we still celebrate One Direction 60 years after they formed?

I’m not sure we’ll even still remember they ever existed.