A Note to Nickelback Haters
So with my departure for Moncton and Nickelback imminent, I thought I’d have a look at the phenomenon that is Nickelback Haters.
First, I find it amazing that a band can be as infamous as they are famous. The hate for them is almost as large as the love. Thankfully and proudly, I am on the love side. It’s funny though to see responses as to why people hate them. For example, I read :
“Because their music is garbage and overplayed. Ten years of listening to the same trash over and over again”
Spoken like a person who has not likely listened to more than 2 songs by Nickelback, and conveniently is ignoring the fact that the above statement describes most pop music as well. Of course if you play a certain genre of music, there is going to be similarities, but to say that it’s the same trash for the last 10 years…. Well my rebuttal to that is, I guess 50 million people love trash, because they have sold that many plus albums, and are still going strong as one of the biggest acts in North America, and even the world. Besides if you listen to stuff from albums like “The State” and then “Here and Now”, they are very different.
What truly bothers me is just a general they suck! Well if you don’t like them, or their music, fine. That’s your opinion. But to say someone sucks, when they are obviously leaders in their genre, is not only ridiculous, but exposes you for the fucking idiot you are. With seven studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, thirty-two singles, and 7 of those singles hitting #1 on US charts and 10 others in the top 10 on the same Charts, well they certainly don’t suck. Find me a Rock band in the past 10 years that has had this kind of success.
People also complain it is the same thing over and over with songs. Well again. Find me rock band that has a huge range of style… EVER. The truth is, you stick with what works. Chad and the boys play loud guitar, with harsh vocals (in a good way Chad !) and appeal to their audience. While you people are analyzing lyrics, don’t leave out the Hip Hop genre, because I’m sure you’ll find lots of substance there. (NOT!)
I also think the number of haters is exaggerated. How many SAY they hate nickelback, but then are secretly drumming along when they come on the radio? They don’t want their friends to know they like Nickelback.
So I’ll say this in closing. If you don’t like them, fine. But you can’t take away their success and the fact that they are great rockers. I, along with approximately 34,999 other fans, will have a kick ass time in Moncton. And don’t worry haters. I’ll tell you ALL about it when I get back.