It wasn’t that long ago when Matt Healy was making out with a cardboard cutout of Harry Styles (something that he told us just happened on a whim), or putting his own spin on One Direction’s biggest single. But now the 1975 frontman has come out with some unflattering comments about 1D, calling their “artistic credibility” into question.
In a new feature for Spin, Healy spoke about being brought in to write a song for 1D’s 2014 album Four. “They didn’t seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song that they said was really, really inspired by us,” Healy remembered.
The song in question was “Change Your Ticket,” which Healy says sounded so much like his own band’s “Girls,” that he asked 1D to tone down the similarities before completing it. “‘Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn’t sound that much like ‘Girls,’” he told the band. “‘But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we’re good.’”
Healy says 1D agreed to change things up, but an unaltered version of “Change Your Ticket” did wind up on Four’s deluxe edition — and Healy wasn’t credited in any way. “It would have been a bad 1975 song,” he said.
When told by the Spin interviewer that 1D’s latest album, Made In The A.M., is also chock-full of other pop influences, Healy wasn’t surprised. “They’re four guys who queued up outside an arena to sing in front of Simon Cowell. Do they really have any artistic credibility? That sounds like a mean thing to say, but it’s a good question. Like, do they?“
Listening to “Change Your Ticket” and “Girls” side by side, there’s no question that they’re similar — something this fan-made video illustrates perfectly.
However, Healy did conclude his thoughts on 1D by insisting, “They’re nice guys.” So hopefully this “drama” won’t get TOO blown out of proportion. Kiss and make up, please?