Nickelback

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  1. Yuli Ban

    Yuli Ban Level 8 (Thug) LitRPG Author Citizen Aspiring Writer

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    Am I the only person on Earth who genuinely doesn't like Nickelback without resorting to bandwagoning?

    I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm still gonna pull that wagon after latching it through the skin on my back, but it feels like most people just hate Nickelback because it's the cool thing to do and not just because they're the most pedestrian and unexciting rock group imaginable. Like KISS but without the facepaint or riffs or undeserved metal cred but with a thousand times as many middle-aged Christian Facebook moms unironically geeking out over them.

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    That David Grohl comment got me... I'm dying...
     
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    Wait, Nickelback has more songs than Rockstar? Really?!?
     
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    Haha, but they do though. They had the most played song in the 2000s: Smells Like Teen Spirit.
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    See, you can't fool me. Smells like teen spirit was Weird Al.

    And Kurt Cobain coauthored The Hardy Boys with Hunter Thompson. And Hunter Thompson is in the picture. Or is that John Holmes?

    Hard to tell from the waist up.
     
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    If it's not They Might Be Giants, it's crap! Or maybe Enya too.. Personally I couldn't name a nickleback song, and I hosted karaoke for 6 years. Their album art seems thought provoking, though.
     
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    Yeah all I know about the band is that people hate them, they're so far outside the realm of what I listen to. I guess everything needs a punching bag, so Nickleback is to music what Twilight is to literature, horrible in every way but inexplicably popular?
     
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    Says a lot about society? Heh. They cancel so many good shows/projects.
     
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    Nickelback has some nice songs. Okay, maybe one or two. I don't know why people hate them so much. In the age of social media hating someone or some group just seems to be more prevalent. There is so much evil in the world, why waste energy hating a band?

    If we have to hate some group, I think it should be liches. Really, can anyone say anything good about liches? I didn't think so.
     
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    Maybe not liches, but certainly lichen.

    I had a pet lichen once. It decomposed on me, though.
     
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    I actually don't hate Nickelback. I like a few of their songs and am neutral on the rest. I just thought the meme was pretty funny.:p
     
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    I think that's the thing people hate the most about them. They have catchy songs. But they're just so aggressively mediocre. If you consider post-Invasion rock to be the stuff from 1964 to 1991 and Alternative Rock to be dominant since '91, what post-Invasion band achieved any of the same level of derision as Nickelback? Creed too, though I always thought they were slightly better.

    The only one I can think of is KISS, and they've been saved by history because they had such a cool aesthetic, despite having an otherwise boring sound that was completely derivative of pop rock. You could also consider AC/DC, but again, people like AC/DC because even though their songs sound the same (seriously, you could switch around the release of Black Ice and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and the only thing that would tell you something's different is production values) they are still played with raw rock and roll bravado and machismo. Pure bogan music and proud of itself.
    Nickelback doesn't really have that. They're not even as oversexed up as their own promoted ripoffs, Theory of a Deadman. They're really a guitar group (I think?) that makes songs for the radio and only for the radio.

    I actually found this video that did a decent job explaining what was wrong with Nickelback (though veering hard into defener territory).
     
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    I like a few Nickelback songs. They aren’t a BAD band, but they aren’t a GOOD one either.

    Problem is, they just sound like their songs are all run through focus groups at every step of the way and written by committee while the lead singer doesn’t have the spark of individuality that they need to truly stand out. And the rest of the band is pretty much on par with studio musicians.

    It’s just mediocre in every sense of the word. They’re the rock band equivalent of pre-canned pop songs written by algorithm.
     
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