The idea of musical style is without doubt one of the most subjective issues you’ll be able to focus on. There’s no telling or method of predicting which songs will get your mind to flood the physique with dopamine, the physique’s feel-good hormone.
Sure songs make you wish to dance and provide you with shivers. Others induce no emotional or bodily response in any respect. And others nonetheless fill you with antipathy, disgust, and possibly even rage.
This brings me to Nickelback, the Alberta band that has offered greater than 50 million albums worldwide and probably the most profitable rock band on this planet of the 2000s. How You Remind Me from 2001’s Silver Facet Up album was the highest rock tune of the last decade, the fourth-best promoting tune total, and the most-played tune on U.S. radio between 2000 and 2009.
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Groundbreaking? Definitely not. They’re a pure mainstream post-grunge rock band that is aware of methods to ship anthemic, party-on songs each on document and in live performance to a world fanbase. Income generated by the band is utilized by their numerous document labels to develop new and rising acts, making their success a significant a part of the ecosystem of the star-making equipment behind the favored tune.
But out of nearly each different musical act on the planet, Nickelback attracts probably the most hate and abuse. Admitting to liking Nickelback is akin to saying you hate puppies and kittens. The anti-Nickelback memes are infinite. Invoking their identify is common shorthand when you must describe one thing terrible.
I imply, individuals actually, actually hate Nickelback.
But Nickelback is a greater than competent rock band. Do they observe a sure method for writing songs? Sure, however so do tens of millions of different acts.
Is their sound spinoff? Completely, however that hardly makes them distinctive.
Are a few of their lyrics misogynistic and in poor style? Definitely, however a lot much less so than so many different acts (cf. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones; Warrant’s Cherry Pie; most of Eminem’s catalogue; and an sadly massive chunk of the hip-hop world).
Did the band generally interact in some frat boy antics? Positive, however that’s customary rock band behaviour.
Chad Kroegers DUI? Can I introduce you to, oh, THE REST OF THE ROCK’N’ROLL WORLD?
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None of this is sensible to me. Why a lot hate? I’ve a few theories.
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First, most critics are located within the huge music centres, similar to New York, LA, Toronto and London. There’s a robust tendency towards elitism on the subject of judging music that’s doesn’t match their definition of hip, progressive, and worthy of consideration.
Massive market tastemakers determined way back that Nickelback have been hacks, filling the ears of impressionable audiences (learn: mid-continent music followers) with rock’n’roll drivel that was virtually too customary for phrases. Nickelback wasn’t simply price their time. Their music was so mainstream — so exquisitely prepared for the CD consumers at Walmart — that it was beneath them. Due to this fact, the extra profitable the band turned and the extra radio airplay they received, the extra they wanted to be attacked and denigrated.
Then there’s the Comedy Central concept. Within the early 2000s, the community ran a program referred to as Powerful Crowd with Colin Quinn. In Could 2003, comic Brian Posehn was requested to reply to the outcomes of a research revealed on Could 5 of that yr that linked violent tune lyrics to violent behaviour. Posehn had this to say on the 2:47 mark: “Nobody talks in regards to the research that present that dangerous music makes individuals violent. Like, Nickelback makes me wish to kill Nickelback.”
That clip was utilized in a promo for Powerful Crowd for months, ingraining the concept that Nickelback = dangerous. Sure, Smash Mouth, Creed, Limp Bizkit, and Hoobastank have been all painted with this brush, however no different band had a nationwide comedy community hammering away with the message that they have been terrible.
However I nonetheless wanted to know extra about the reason for this (in my view) disproportionate hate. So I sourced the group with a submit on my web site.
Listed below are a number of the dozens and dozens of solutions I received again.
CALE: I really feel like they get all this shade thrown their method resulting from their potential to write down catchy songs with a hook that sinks into your mind with what appears relative ease. BUT they do that with the look of a boy band in a rock world, and the music has a really excessive manufacturing worth which may come throughout as “no method they really do all this and not using a large staff from some wealthy document firm” form of really feel. With the style they (inhabit), that is appeared down upon as “promoting out” and doing it for all of the flawed causes. They usually appear to blow up in recognition quite shortly, which once more could be a downer if individuals don’t really feel they “paid their dues within the biz.”
JOHN: (This) hate is without doubt one of the earliest circumstances of how web mob mentality was manifested. With songs on excessive rotation on the radio, they turned a straightforward goal. It may have been any band, nevertheless it turned a meme and with the acceleration in Fb and different platforms. the suggestions loop made it modern to pile on Nickelback. As youthful persons are the largest customers of music, it goes with out saying, they’re probably the most fickle with making certain they’re on the precise aspect of a pattern.
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BARRY: I feel the hate they get began resulting from the truth that they have been an OK rock band that was became a “product.” It’s like somebody mentioned, “Hey, these guys look form of boy band-ish they usually have catchy riffs, I can promote this!” We ended up with music that was catchy (a few of it), mass-produced, overhyped, and overplayed.
ANDREW: Nickleback is blandness personified. They’re a band fully devoid of inventive expression and persona. That may be high-quality if they may again it up with good lyrics. However, no, they’re very rote lyrics delivered over and over with out an oz. of subtlety. Due to company radio, you bought to listen to that daily and each hour irrespective of the place you occurred to be. The ’90s have been a wealthy decade for different and Canadian rock. It simply felt just like the bar was already a lot increased.
KYLE: Right here’s why (some truthful, some not). (1) They’re simply one other high quality rock band but they get placed on a pedestal by the music business, media, (and seemingly only a small variety of followers). (2) Chad Kroeger comes throughout as very smug; he dyes his brown hair blond (so did Kurt so, hmm…), he’s had “frosted suggestions” prior to now, he’s nice trying, and I’ve by no means seen or heard of him doing something humble or useful (I’m positive he does in actuality). (3) Their music is commonly tremendous weak, shlocky, business, radio-friendly, and worst-of-all poser-heavy. (4) They’re wealthy, well-known, widespread, a lot worse musically than lots of of higher rock bands.
There have been many extra responses, theories, and some unhelpful screeds, however you get the thought. I’m unsure we’ve figured this out. In the meantime, Nickelback endures as do their legions of followers. So who’s laughing at who?
Alan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for International Information.
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