This song was written by Ed Sheeran (with Oliver Frank) for the band at the request of Simon Cowell. It wasn’t released as a single, but Niall Horan’s pronunciation of “chance” as “chonce” launched a thousand fan memes.
That has happened, to some extent. My daughters enjoy some of my favorites, and we’ve discovered new favorites together.
But the vision of young Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan fans running around the house… it was clearly never meant to be.
Or if you grew up in the 00s and not the 80s, you might think they shamelessly ripped off the opening riff of New Found Glory’s ‘It’s Not Your Fault,’ blissfully unaware that NFG ripped it off from Journey first.
Right up until I was about to listen to this song for the first time, I had it in my head that it was by One Republic, not One Direction. I was thinking that they’d made quite a splash in recent months, with ‘Counting Stars’ still in the top ten and another track at #16.
But alas, ‘Story of My Life’ is by the British boy band, and is one of the first of their songs I’ve heard all the way through (knowingly, anyway).