One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) by One Direction
One Way or Another, which was a smash hit for the group Blonde and was also featured in the movie “Coyote Ugly,” has come back to the forefront of societal thinking once again thanks to the group One Direction. Based in London, One Direction, or 1D, is the next generation of boy band, fusing English and Irish pop together to make for a unique sound that the world has wonderfully embraced. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson make up the band and their combination of boyish charm with tight harmonies makes for a great listening experience.
The video for “One Way or Another” was a self-shot video that was done by One Direction because they are attempting to raise money for Comic Relief. Comic Relief is an English charity that helps to improve the lives of the impoverished around the world, especially in Africa and in the United Kingdom. There are several moments in the video where you will even see 1D’s support for Comic Relief’s “Red Nose Day.” What makes the video unique, is that it seems to be a throwback to a previous generation of music video, like that done by the “Beatles” or the “Monkees.” You’ll see the 1D boys in various locations around the world, as well as with people that the charity assists, and that just adds a touch of class to the overall video experience.
The song “One Way or Another” was originally released by Blonde for their 1978 album “Parallel Lines.” Debby Harry is one of the co-writers of the song and when asked about what the lyrics meant, she said it was inspired by an ex-boyfriend that just wouldn’t leave her alone. Thanks to the popularity of 1D and their cover of this song, even though the original version by Blonde was never released as a single in the United Kingdom, it managed to become a top single over 30 years after it’s original release date on the album.
What makes this updated version of the song nice is that even though it’s been redone with modern styling, an additional bridge, and some auto tuning, 1D stayed true to the original melodies and structure of the song. This makes the song enjoyable for multiple generations because whether you are just being introduced to the song for the first time or you’ve got the original album by Blonde, you can appreciate the effort that 1D took. One Direction took the money that they saved in the making of their video and donated it to Comic Relief, and that in itself makes it worth listening to at least once.
Combine that with the musicality of the group, the modern styling of the song, and the tight harmonies that 1D can generate, and you’ll find that the updated version of “One Way or Another” is a great addition to your regular music library.