I feel like I'm pandering here. I mean, I am posting this video for two reasons.
1. My 8-year-old daughter is a huge 1D fan. And I promised her.
2. I'm pandering, trying to get more page views by choosing a hot boy band.
The cover(s) itself (themselves)? It's not the worst thing I've ever heard. It's full of energy, to be sure. Their Blondie cover - "One Way or Another" - really highlights just how creepy this song is, as written. Their Undertones cover - "Teenage Kicks" - is surprisingly good, bringing more energy to a song that was originally delivered in a kind of monotone.
The single itself was released to support Comic Relief, as their official Red Nose Day charity. Comic Relief is a UK charity that helps impoverished people in Africa, and not the charity that Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg promote (which is concerned with poverty in the US). Go to their site for more detail.