The British rocker met the pop stars for a writing session while they were working on their 2014 album, Four, and they asked for his opinion on a track titled Change Your Ticket which was reportedly inspired by 1975's song Girls.

Healy asked the band to tweak the song to make it sound less similar, and he was annoyed when they put it on an album without making any changes.

"They got me in, and they said, 'We really like your band. Would you write a song for us?'" he tells "They didn't seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song (Change Your Ticket) that they said was really, really inspired by us... (I said) 'Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn't sound that much like Girls. But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we're good."

Healy insists the One Direction track is like "a bad 1975 song", but admits the singers are "nice guys".

However, he takes a dig at the band's reality TV show roots as the group was formed on Simon Cowell's talent contest The X Factor, adding, "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?"