One Direction Say They’re Less ‘Teenage Dirtbag,’ More ‘Grimy’

The boy band tells MTV News about covering Wheatus' 'Teenage Dirtbag' 'suits' them.

Much to the delight of teenage girls all over the world, One Direction have frequently covered Wheatus’ 2000 hit, “Teenage Dirtbag,” in concert. And on Friday (August 30) they are taking that cover to the big screen in their Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary/concert film, “One Direction: This Is Us”.

During one of the more memorable concert scenes, the fivesome are re-imagined to look like comic book superheroes, thanks to some animated costumes, as they belt out the classic ode to crushing on a hot girl who doesn’t know you exist. And, if you ask Niall Horan what he thinks of that particular sequence, he’ll tell you “it’s great.”

Harry Styles then explained how the scene came to make it into the final cut of the flick, which gives fans an inside look at what it’s like to be in 1D as they travel the globe from concert stop to concert stop, while also trying to have as normal of lives as they possibly can.

Styles said, “I think basically what happened was on our tour screens, it was all like comic book [looking] in the back. Someone decided to put it in, and it stayed.”

With that sequence explained, Liam Payne then broke down why the fivesome are such big fans of the track and why they love to cover it live. “It suited us as well,” he said. “We’re just teenage lads having… while we’re not saying we’re dirtbags, but we’re grimy characters.”

Of course, these days the guys love a whole slew of other songs as well. They shared with MTV News what songs they are currently listening to , ranging from indie rock like Travis’ “Flowers In the Window” (Harry) to smooth R&B jams like Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” (Liam). Of his pick, Payne added, “It’s top at the moment. It’s really good… We’re romantic guys.”