As it turns out, the boy band sampled a Smashing Pumpkins classic in their new song and listeners aren’t too happy about it.
When Why Don’t We debuted their new song “Slow Down” this week, it soon began to spread online. Why? Well, Smashing Pumpkins fans heard something awfully familiar on the new track. As it turns out, Why Don’t We sampled the classic “1979” on their new song.
Why Don’t We’s Daniel Seavey shares that “1979” is such a classic and universal song that the band had to use it in “Slow Down.”
‘1979’ is such a beautiful song,” Seavey says. “It’s so universal. Anyone can listen and enjoy it. When we were writing ‘Slow Down,’ we wanted to make it just as special. The song is personal and easy to listen to all at the same time. It’s nostalgic and new all at once.”
However, Why Don’t We may have taken the sampling a bit too far. While sampling other artists’ work is very common these days, the boy band’s new song is more or less a complete lift of the 1995 hit. Although the lyrics are different and a few beats have been added, “Slow Down” basically features the original instrumental found on “1979.”
Naturally, Smashing Pumpkins fans have flocked to social media to share their opinions on the sampling.
guess the song 1979 by smashing pumpkins or slow down by why don’t we
— stevie 🦕 (@steviebull_) December 17, 2020
Why Don’t We literally stole 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins LOL
— Jasper (@jaspermiyake) December 17, 2020
why don’t we’s newest song is so good because its 1979 by the smashing pumpkins with different words lmfao
— caleigh (@cmccrink93) December 17, 2020
not /whydontwe literally copying 1979 by smashing pumpkins and their fans all saying “why don’t we did it better!!!” OMG i’m screaming 💀💀💀
— sarah dayyyy (@sarahsaysz) December 18, 2020
Not why don’t we stealing from smashing pumpkins….. THE AUDACITY!! THE NERVE.
— Lana ⁷ (@lilwonderkth) December 18, 2020
The new Why Don’t We song samples 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins and I am THOROUGHLY CONFUSed
— Kat (@_slopknit) December 18, 2020
I don’t listen to them anymore but Why Don’t We literally stole the best from 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins in their new song Slow Down. Literally listen to both it’s basically identical.
— ʟɪsᴇᴛᴛᴇ!! luvs keiji (@bokuarts) December 18, 2020
Daughter: “Dad, listen to this new Why Don’t We song!”
Me: “WTF that’s Smashing Pumpkins, who I love.”
Daughter: “OMG, he finally loves one of their songs!”
— r/postrock (@rpostrock) December 18, 2020
Although Why Don’t We most likely got clearance to sample the Mellon Collie track, Smashing Pumpkins may not have had this in mind when agreeing to it. Since the release of “Slow Down,” neither Why Don’t We or Smashing Pumpkins have commented on listeners’ reactions.
Both “Slow Down” and “1979” are available to stream below.
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