Anyone that knows me, is sure of one thing: that I’m awesome. Okay, anyone that knows me, is sure of a second thing: I EFFING HATE NICKELBACK. People always ask why I hate them so much. It’s a complex question that deserves a thoughtful response. Here’s a short list followed by some videos explaining my position.
- Generic as hell. Seriously, someone, ANYONE, tell me ONE original thing about them.
- I hate them. I hate everything about them, and I assure you that is a legit reason.
- Modern rock. You know what modern rock is? A category reserved for stuff not really metal, not alternative, and generally just too lame to be considered actual hard rock. Here are some examples. Nickelback, Cinder, Puddle of Mudd, Creed, Shinedown, Staind, Buckcherry, etc, etc.
- Song lyrics. While people give me shit over some of the lyrics Phish come up with, they can be admittedly silly, at least they have a meaning. At least their music isn’t about getting laid or being a rockstar.
- Being a rockstar. No real musician considers themselves a rockstar. Oh, some douche in Three Doors Down does? He’s on my list. Professional musicians are just that, not rockstars. KISS were rockstars. While not being much better than Nickelback, bands like KISS, The Rolling Stones, Led Zep, etc were rockstars. In the 70′s and 80′s life was different, deal with it.
- Attitude. I have never seen or heard an intelligent word of advice or perceived intelligence from these thoughtful scholars. They think they are awesome.
- Don’t cite their popularity or album sales. Americans will buy any homogenized, sterile, lifeless, idiotic product that is even remotely packaged and advertised in a positive light. Popular music is generally, and I mean that, generally loaded with the biggest bunch of bullshit you can imagine. Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, New Kids on the Block, or bands from any era can be mass-produced and sculpted to take on the marketable traits of anything a promoter or producer wants, and it’s been going on since the first wave of trendy music first landed.
Holier than thou? Maybe. Right? Certainly. What would you find the most of in my music collection? Frank Zappa. A sober living man who wanted nothing more than to learn his craft as expertly as possible. Being a musician of intelligence, Frank could also call a shitty band a thousand miles way. People thought he was weird, a druggie, and generally only know of him because he gave his kids silly names.
If I’ve personally offended you, I apologize if it feels personal; it isn’t, I promise. I can never respect a “serious” band that starts a song with the lyric “I like your pants around your feet”. Just seeing Chad Kroeger makes me mad. I’m a little puzzled by one guy in NB though, their drummer, Daniel Adair. The dude is great. Does that mean I appreciate some hard to find technically proficient NB song? …. Really? No, it means I’ve seen him perform at drum clinics, drum solos, etc. Even one-armed Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen, must think their constant 4/4 music is boring and HE HAS ONE ARM.
I’ve ranted here and I feel better. Now, here’s an elderly dude explaining why Nickelback sucks so much. In the spirit of this article, I’ve included several anti-Nickelback videos.
And finally to cleanse the palette, here is my personal hero off all time, Mr. Frank Zappa performing the instrumental “Black Napkins” way back from 10.28.76.
Side note: He’s playing with The Mike Douglas Orchestra. You have to feel very young or very dated right now.