Jan
07
2019

‘Rockstar.’

I know it’s fashionable to make fun of Nickelback, but I like this song.

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6 Comments

  • Rockphed says:

    Honestly, I don’t get the ragging on Nickleback. I mean they aren’t great, but they aren’t bad either.
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    That said, Rockstar I can take or leave. I don’t like it, but I don’t have any objections to it either. It is just meh.

    • Compound says:

      Honestly, a lot of it comes back to this:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=pvujgcbaCF8
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      For the younguns and those who don’t like to click on things, Nickleback released their single “How You Remind Me” and generally folks were pretty okay with it. But the first single on their next album was “Someday” and folks noticed that the songs were almost identical. Same overall length. Chorus and verses same basic length. Etc. And someone overlaid the songs over each other it to prove the point. That kinda soured a good number of folks on them.
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      Also, at the time, IIRC, radio stations were becoming very bad with their programming.”Our statistics show that people like these songs the most, so we should make sure that people hear them!” So they’d play the big hits more and more and more frequently. It got to the point locally that the same 10 or so songs were playing every hour and listeners hit their limit. And Nickleback was one of the bands who were in that rotation. So “They just got played too damn much” was also another cause.

      • Luke says:

        Radio stations have been bad about that since they were consolidated under the control of the record labels.
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        I recall finding “Nothing Compares to You” playing on every single pop present at the same time a couple of decades back.
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        (I also am old enough to remember when radio stations across the country had distinct regional differences, and you could find all sorts of interesting things on the AM band after sunset if you extended your antenna and hopped the skip. During middle school, I pulled in a Hawaiian station one night, and was completely insufferable about it for days.)

  • Luke says:

    It’s OK. The internet has informed me that Imagine Dragons is the new band to universally revile (guess somebody realised that they were Mormons), so it will soon be safe to admit that you actually kind of liked Nickleback.

    • acat says:

      *sigh*
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      Nickelback isn’t bad .. not great, but not bad.
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      Imagine Dragons .. the niece loves “Radioactive”, thank you *very much* Wen Spencer, I *needed* to hear that song six times in a row every fourth Saturday ..
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      Coldplay, though, has always been whiny, derivative, and overrated. I can usually tell the tone-deaf poseurs in the room .. they knock Nickelback but claim Coldplay is good.
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      Mew

  • Luke says:

    Amen to that.
    My take is that the hate for Nickleback is silly.
    But similar revulsion for Coldplay would be perfectly appropriate.

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