Your opinion of NICKELBACK

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My almost Non-existent history with them:
*I think I have heard
maybe
three songs -once each-
total.
I have a buddy who loves them.
Because, again, I have practically no familiarity with them I'd like to know
why people love to hate them.
 
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It's an internet meme, and probably an early prototype for what's become the current cancel culture.

My only experience with this band was watching their live at Sturgess thing over a decade ago. I don't know whether the final product was doctored, but for what they were doing they did it pretty well.
 

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I thought 'Leader of Men' was pretty cool when it came out (I don't know when that was, but it is their 'earlier stuff').

When I hear a song on the radio: decent riff, cool drums, and then the most inane lyrics you can imagine. All of the sexual edginess of AC/DC with none of the subtlety (if you can imagine AC/DC lyrics as subtle).
 

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Never understood the hate for this band. There is so much worse out there. I think it became cool to hate on them until even that became a bit stale. I’m not a huge fan, but they have a few songs I would definitely crank if they came on. Great live band, real instruments, I like it

I remember seeing an interview with Billy Joe Armstrong From Green Day years ago, he was mocking the singer of Nickelback. Really Billy Joe?! You’re mocking his voice?
 

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I remember seeing an interview with Billy Joe Armstrong From Green Day years ago, he was mocking the singer of Nickelback. Really Billy Joe?! You’re mocking his voice?
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No kidding. I don't like Nickelback but I absolutely detest Green Day. Everything about them is nails on a chalkboard. EVERYTHING.
 

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It's an internet meme, and probably an early prototype for what's become the current cancel culture.

My only experience with this band was watching their live at Sturgess thing over a decade ago. I don't know whether the final product was doctored, but for what they were doing they did it pretty well.
They are disliked because they are almost a parody of alternative rock.They are incredibly boring, ordinary, and lack originality. But, I'm not aware of any controversy that would make hating Nickelback a prototype of cancel culture. Again, I'm not aware of the band, or a member, doing something to draw ire and a call to boycott, or cancel. Cancel culture refers to blacklisting a person because of an offense, like Louis CK or Kevin Spacey, and not letting them return to their previous social and career positions.
 

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Nickelback sold more than 50 million records and Billboard or something called them the biggest rock band of the 2000-2010 decade.

It's the kind of faceless, corporate rock that I abhor... It's over-produced to the point it's sometimes hard to tell whether you're hearing a multi-tracked layer or guitars or keyboard ... the drums don't sound much like the drums you hear live in a room.

Of course, that's a criticism that can be leveled a huge number of successful, produced for radio bands -- ranging from Foreigner to Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and (here comes the heresy) Journey and Styx.

The key difference with Nickelback, though, is they were the last of the aspiring Arena Rock bands to successfully use all the production gloss to shine themselves up for radio -- and, in a post-Nirvana, world, the attempts to craft a post-grunge song without grit or raw emotion clearly sounded inauthentic to many listeners. We recognized a formula, and we resented it.

The second big difference is both that the songs aren't very good and they made the same song again and again. Of course, "not very good" is highly subjective, but "This Is How You Remind Me" doesn't remind me of anything because in trying to appeal to every listener, there's no specific reference to anything I can relate to. Plus, as the attached video shows, they were so committed to the template of their early hits that they all sound identical.

Sidebar here, but some people say all AC/DC songs are the same. Wrong! The vocals are very distinctive and many songs have a similar guitar tone and beat, but "Night Prowler" sounds nothing like "Whole Lotta Rosie" or "Ain't No Fun" or "Sin City."

 
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they're a canadian band , i don't care for them meself , but i'll take them over the tragically hip any day
 

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Not my cup of tea but there are worse bands out there for sure. And guess what?
While everyone hates on them, their laughing their way to the bank. Each one of them is worth over $60 million a piece (minus the drummer because he's the newest member, $12 mil). Apparently more people like them than the ones that don't because more people bought their records! I'm pretty certain that at this stage, they could care less what people think. Call them what you want but 45 years old with $60 million? Good for them!
 
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Not my cup of tea but there are worse bands out there for sure. And guess what?
While everyone hates on them, their laughing their way to the bank. Each one of them is worth over $60 million a piece (minus the drummer because he's the newest member, $12 mil). Apparently more people like them than the ones that don't because more people bought their records! I'm pretty certain that at this stage, they could care less what people think. Call them what you want but 45 years old with $60 million? Good for them!
Canadian dollars, though. Worth a fraction of an actual $.

Happy Canada Day, eh!
 

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Canadian dollars, though. Worth a fraction of an actual $.

Happy Canada Day, eh!
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The figures are calculated in USD! And if you want to base them in CAD, well that means that their $60 million CAD is actually $38.4 million USD.
I don't know but pretty much anyone can live pretty well with $38.4 million USD!
 
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It's the musical equivalent of putting bad grunge bands and classic rock bands into a computer, putting it into an algorithm and then seeing what it spits out.

It's so generic and non-offensive that it has circled back around to being offensive. It is dry white toast with a glass of lukewarm tap water.
 

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I’ve always used whether people like Nickelback as a litmus test of sorts. Take that however you want ;)
 

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I don't like their music, but I don't hate them. Then again, I don't like most new music that has any sort of singing on it. As bad as they may be, it's still light years better than non-music like rap or hip-hop.
 

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Being from my area, I have some history with that band, going back to when they were a three piece, and playing 'in-store' shows at A&B Sound (and no one liking it). Played in a group that opened for them, been in the studio with Chad, have friends that are signed to his label, etc.

I never cared for the group musically, at all. They're like the new Loverboy. Don't be surprised to see them on the casino circuit down the road (not that is a bad thing, a gig is a gig).

That said, Daniel Adair is a very good drummer - no joke (even his drum solos during Nickelback shows don't show his full abilities). I first discovered this long before he was in Three Doors Down, then Nickelback. He used to work in the drum dept at the Surrey, Long and McQuade. I went in there one day, and he was playing, blew my mind. Daniel has serious chops, check him out with Prog Guitarist Dave Martone. A good bass player friend of mine played with him in that group.

I remember needing a sub for a cover gig, my buddy told me to get Daniel (before he became known), I did, he killed it. Plus, he does great BU vocals. Word is, that helped him get the Three Doors Down gig. I could be wrong, but my guess is Daniel sees the Nickelback gig as a very well playing cover gig.
 
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