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2012-06-10 11:11:39 AM
If one more farking person posts this on Facebook I might go postal.

/I know, shame on me for using Facebook
 
2012-06-10 01:51:22 PM
I like Nickleback.
 
2012-06-10 01:51:55 PM
Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.
 
2012-06-10 01:51:59 PM
 
2012-06-10 01:54:43 PM
Nickelback, the Grand Funk of their time.

Gosh, the oh-so-hip are so cutting edge to produce reviews that were already written 40 years ago.
 
2012-06-10 02:00:23 PM
Fuggin' free weeklies. Nothing but aging, bitter hipsters screaming about how cool they are, and a bevvy of strip club ads in the back.

/I hate Nickleback too. Lah de dah.
 
2012-06-10 02:00:43 PM
The Nickleback meme is old and dumb. Internet people are such farking sheep sometimes.
 
2012-06-10 02:02:32 PM

moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.


Or better yet, just stop listening to music. It all went downhill after
Vaudeville laid a rotten egg that stank for 30 years.
 
2012-06-10 02:11:08 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meanwhile, its a lot of fun when you mash up all their greatest hits into a single video.


One of the most under appreciated Youtube videos ever.. I laugh every time someone links to it.
 
2012-06-10 02:17:51 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Nickelback, the Grand Funk of their time.

Gosh, the oh-so-hip are so cutting edge to produce reviews that were already written 40 years ago.


I think of them as the REO Speedwagon of our time, but yes Grand Funk does fit pretty well. So does that mean Chad Kroeger is going to have a breakdown and find Jesus soon, and then the band will break up?
 
2012-06-10 02:19:00 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meanwhile, its a lot of fun when you mash up all their greatest hits into a single video.


Nice!

This is good too
 
2012-06-10 02:28:06 PM

Lipspinach: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.

Or better yet, just stop listening to music. It all went downhill after
Vaudeville laid a rotten egg that stank for 30 years.


...awkward silence...

Play me off Johnny!
 
2012-06-10 02:28:38 PM
Well, the barrel isn't as full of puppies as I'd like and my gun is out getting detailed so instead of shooting puppies in a barrel, I'll just pinch out another tired article about how terrible Nickelback is.
 
2012-06-10 02:33:13 PM

moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.



Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.

The reason people harp on Nickelback so much is because they ruined Rock. Rock was about rebellion, it was about soul, it was about feeling and most of all it was about making good music that made people want to, well, rock and roll. Nickelback changed all of that. Nickelback exploded on the scene and said "Hey, look! Not only is it ok to make bland, insipid, uninspired mediocrity, but we got rich doing it as well! And so can you!".

Then Rock music, for the most part, went up and died. Waves of imitators came out of the woodwork, putting style over substance, shoving out shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter after shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter. No one cared about actually writing good music anymore. No one cared about rebellion or soul or even rocking and rolling anymore. It's all "How can we maximize the profits by producing the cheapest music possible and marketing the hell out of it until people are convinced they have to buy it to seem like they are cool?". No one writes about anything important anymore, it's all farking bullshiat now.


Nickelback is reviled because they told the world that it was ok to make shiatty rock music. And the world ate it up.


/Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback
 
2012-06-10 02:39:47 PM
Eh, they aren't the worst I've heard and if I need some blander rock to listen to, they fit the bill.

Had a few friends that went to one of their concerts. Free tickets, what the hey, might as well go. They said they actually had a pretty decent time at their concert.

If you are wanting more rebellious cutting edge rock, Nickleback isn't what you listen to or go to see. They have a niche for what they produce. Easy on the ears for a lot of folks in the main stream.

Not really defending them, but the foaming at the mouth hate and rage over how much they suck does get a little old. Listen to what you want, let others listen to what they want. Pretty simple.
 
2012-06-10 02:41:57 PM

CapnPlaty: Lipspinach: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.

Or better yet, just stop listening to music. It all went downhill after
Vaudeville laid a rotten egg that stank for 30 years.

...awkward silence...

Play me off Johnny!


You're probably wondering why he's in hell....
 
2012-06-10 02:44:27 PM

MithrandirBooga: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.


Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.

The reason people harp on Nickelback so much is because they ruined Rock. Rock was about rebellion, it was about soul, it was about feeling and most of all it was about making good music that made people want to, well, rock and roll. Nickelback changed all of that. Nickelback exploded on the scene and said "Hey, look! Not only is it ok to make bland, insipid, uninspired mediocrity, but we got rich doing it as well! And so can you!".

Then Rock music, for the most part, went up and died. Waves of imitators came out of the woodwork, putting style over substance, shoving out shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter after shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter. No one cared about actually writing good music anymore. No one cared about rebellion or soul or even rocking and rolling anymore. It's all "How can we maximize the profits by producing the cheapest music possible and marketing the hell out of it until people are convinced they have to buy it to seem like they are cool?". No one writes about anything important anymore, it's all farking bullshiat now.


Nickelback is reviled because they told the world that it was ok to make shiatty rock music. And the world ate it up.


/Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback


They werent the first and they wont be the last. You just cant get over the fact that they're popular.
 
2012-06-10 02:46:20 PM
"If you hate Nickelback,then you like Justin Bieber" is,without a doubt,the worst defense of a band in music history.
 
2012-06-10 02:59:41 PM

MithrandirBooga: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.


Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.

The reason people harp on Nickelback so much is because they ruined Rock. Rock was about rebellion, it was about soul, it was about feeling and most of all it was about making good music that made people want to, well, rock and roll. Nickelback changed all of that. Nickelback exploded on the scene and said "Hey, look! Not only is it ok to make bland, insipid, uninspired mediocrity, but we got rich doing it as well! And so can you!".

Then Rock music, for the most part, went up and died. Waves of imitators came out of the woodwork, putting style over substance, shoving out shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter after shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter. No one cared about actually writing good music anymore. No one cared about rebellion or soul or even rocking and rolling anymore. It's all "How can we maximize the profits by producing the cheapest music possible and marketing the hell out of it until people are convinced they have to buy it to seem like they are cool?". No one writes about anything important anymore, it's all farking bullshiat now.


Nickelback is reviled because they told the world that it was ok to make shiatty rock music. And the world ate it up.


/Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback


Nickelback, and I say this as someone who retches at the sound of Chad Kroeger's voice, didn't really "ruin" anything in terms of the soul of rock and roll. You want to find something on the edge and still rebellious, soulful and full of substance, you can do that, the internet brings a shiat-ton of possibilities to each and every user, but, if you're expecting something groundbreaking on any mainstream radio stations, fuggedaboutit. The music industry, as with any, has always been about what would sell and make profits. Nickelback, because of technology available nowadays, has just gotten more exposure as a mainstream act than any band really had before. As other examples farkers here have given, this stuff comes in waves, and part of the reason that it seems like this shiatty band is everywhere is because we as a society are so inundated with the next deluge of mainstream culture that it's hard to see anything else.

Me? I don't listen to the radio anymore (partly because the stations that I use to enjoy just have shock-jocks gabbing non-farking-stop during my commute home) I find my music off of websites and suggestions from people who enjoy the same genres as I do. It's a pain that I can't find what I want through the usual medium, but it gives me plenty to stick on the iPod to avoid radio.
 
2012-06-10 03:02:52 PM
I thought Nirvana made it ok to make shiatty rock music dressed down that was just as shiatty as hair metal.
 
2012-06-10 03:04:14 PM

MithrandirBooga: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.


Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.

The reason people harp on Nickelback so much is because they ruined Rock. Rock was about rebellion, it was about soul, it was about feeling and most of all it was about making good music that made people want to, well, rock and roll. Nickelback changed all of that. Nickelback exploded on the scene and said "Hey, look! Not only is it ok to make bland, insipid, uninspired mediocrity, but we got rich doing it as well! And so can you!".

Then Rock music, for the most part, went up and died. Waves of imitators came out of the woodwork, putting style over substance, shoving out shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter after shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter. No one cared about actually writing good music anymore. No one cared about rebellion or soul or even rocking and rolling anymore. It's all "How can we maximize the profits by producing the cheapest music possible and marketing the hell out of it until people are convinced they have to buy it to seem like they are cool?". No one writes about anything important anymore, it's all farking bullshiat now.


Nickelback is reviled because they told the world that it was ok to make shiatty rock music. And the world ate it up.


/Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback


Rock and roll stopped being rebellious and turned into mostly corporate shiat about 40 years ago. Nickelback had nothing to do with it. They're just another in a long line of dull as shiat hard rock bands calculated to appeal to the dude bro crowd. And the Black Keys are a nostalgia act and are about as "rebellious" as Sha Na Na.
 
2012-06-10 03:04:45 PM

MithrandirBooga: moothemagiccow: Nickelback isn't even that bad. You don't like Nickelback? I don't care. Listen to the music you want to and stop pretending that you're assaulted with bad bands every second. We live in the most isolated age of media there has been. Turn off the radio and plug in your farking ipod.


Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.

The reason people harp on Nickelback so much is because they ruined Rock. Rock was about rebellion, it was about soul, it was about feeling and most of all it was about making good music that made people want to, well, rock and roll. Nickelback changed all of that. Nickelback exploded on the scene and said "Hey, look! Not only is it ok to make bland, insipid, uninspired mediocrity, but we got rich doing it as well! And so can you!".

Then Rock music, for the most part, went up and died. Waves of imitators came out of the woodwork, putting style over substance, shoving out shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter after shiatty bland mediocre fecal platter. No one cared about actually writing good music anymore. No one cared about rebellion or soul or even rocking and rolling anymore. It's all "How can we maximize the profits by producing the cheapest music possible and marketing the hell out of it until people are convinced they have to buy it to seem like they are cool?". No one writes about anything important anymore, it's all farking bullshiat now.


Nickelback is reviled because they told the world that it was ok to make shiatty rock music. And the world ate it up.


/Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback


Rock was fully commercialized well, well before the Kroeger bros. decided to form a band.

Journey was a fusion band, but they decided they wanted to sell more records and hired Steve Perry. Fleetwood Mac was a straight up blues-rock band in the late 60s, until they morphed into soft rock and adult contemporary. Styx has always been over the top, pompous and commercial.
 
2012-06-10 03:07:35 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I thought Nirvana made it ok to make shiatty rock music dressed down that was just as shiatty as hair metal.


I agree that in retrospect, alternative rock wasn't all that alternative to everything else. They had the same barre chords, 4/4 rhythm patterns, leather and denim everywhere, drank and did drugs a lot, had guitar solos, and pretty much everything else that typefied rock music. Besides all the grunge guys listened to old metal bands like Black Sabbath and punk bands like the Clash. You know what Motley Crue listened to as kids? Old metal bands like Black Sabbath and punk bands like the Clash.
 
2012-06-10 03:10:17 PM

MithrandirBooga: Yes, there is music that is worse than Nickelback. But it's all in genre's that are expected to be worse. shiat that is so light that no one really gives a fark if it sucks; ie Pop Music.


I still maintain that Limp Bizkit is probably the worst band ever. Nickelback is bad, but in a very generic sense. Fred Durst pretty much goads you into hating him and his music. Nickleback is this generation's Night Ranger and nothing more.
 
2012-06-10 03:12:55 PM

verbaltoxin: Besides all the grunge guys listened to old metal bands like Black Sabbath and punk bands like the Clash. You know what Motley Crue listened to as kids? Old metal bands like Black Sabbath and punk bands like the Clash.


I was going to biatch about your putting Black Sabbath and The Clash in the same sentence, but then I realized that it is important to be well-rounded.

/different genres
//and yes, amazing how EVERYONE was into them. also Iron Maiden
 
2012-06-10 03:23:59 PM
I'm not afraid to say I'm ok with Nickelback. I don't own any of their music or go to their shows, but in my heart they're still that plucky group of kids from Hanna that I saw opening for The Waltons in front of 200 people way back when. When I hear their music, I got a pretty good idea where it comes from.
 
2012-06-10 03:27:16 PM
wow. I never thought I'd ever see any white knighting for Nickelback, let alone so damn much of it in one place. Fark sure is weird sometimes.
 
2012-06-10 03:34:21 PM
My sister had tickets for a Nickleback show and got stood up, so I went with her (mostly because Buck Cherry was opening). I was surprised at the show they put on. They're not bad live; they know how to work the crowd and they sounded pretty good.
 
2012-06-10 03:51:47 PM

pinchpoint: My sister had tickets for a Nickleback show and got stood up, so I went with her (mostly because Buck Cherry was opening). I was surprised at the show they put on. They're not bad live; they know how to work the crowd and they sounded pretty good.


Oh man, Buck Cherry! Did they play the one about how high they like to get?
 
mhd
2012-06-10 03:52:20 PM

FeedTheCollapse: I still maintain that Limp Bizkit is probably the worst band ever.


I would like to argue Papa Roach or Oasis, but only within the limits of "rock-ish bands known to the average US listener".

/The German things I've seen...
 
2012-06-10 03:52:53 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: wow. I never thought I'd ever see any white knighting for Nickelback, let alone so damn much of it in one place. Fark sure is weird sometimes.


It's just hipsters claiming to like something just to be contrary to everyone who agrees that it's crap.
 
2012-06-10 03:53:29 PM

verbaltoxin: barneyfifesbullet: Nickelback, the Grand Funk of their time.

Gosh, the oh-so-hip are so cutting edge to produce reviews that were already written 40 years ago.

I think of them as the REO Speedwagon of our time, but yes Grand Funk does fit pretty well. So does that mean Chad Kroeger is going to have a breakdown and find Jesus soon, and then the band will break up?


Only after they hire a full time keyboardist and go full top 40.

never go full top 40
 
2012-06-10 04:01:00 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: wow. I never thought I'd ever see any white knighting for Nickelback, let alone so damn much of it in one place. Fark sure is weird sometimes.


I don't mind nickel back. They are good at what they are but I believe this expression is appropriate for many of the posters...

My enemies enemy is my friend.
 
2012-06-10 04:06:57 PM

mhd: FeedTheCollapse: I still maintain that Limp Bizkit is probably the worst band ever.

I would like to argue Papa Roach or Oasis, but only within the limits of "rock-ish bands known to the average US listener".

/The German things I've seen...


Oasis isn't really that bad if you can separate the ego from the music; though I don't really care for them otherwise. Papa Roach is pretty bad, but I don't actively hate any of them like I do Fred Durst. fark that guy.


Nickleback, along with Creed, aren't so much bad as they are overplayed.They're fairly generic otherwise. Limp Bizkit is basically a group full of douchebags (or at least Fred Durst) who make shiatty music for other douchebags and they were overplayed in their heyday.
 
2012-06-10 04:08:33 PM
Nickelback is kinda bland, but popular. Just perfect for hipster haters. Their music really isn't that bad, just nothing I would go out of the way to see.

Hell, just go to Bonnaroo then.
 
2012-06-10 04:09:56 PM
I just saw Nickelback live this past Tuesday, so I'm really getting a kick... In my defense, I went because Seether and Bush were opening. Seether was disappointing, but holy shiat, Bush puts on an EPIC show.

Nickelback's stage design was really cool.

And I will say this for Chad Kroeger: He knows his audience is mostly white trash and he definitely plays to their sensibilities.
 
2012-06-10 04:10:36 PM

jayhawk88: pinchpoint: My sister had tickets for a Nickleback show and got stood up, so I went with her (mostly because Buck Cherry was opening). I was surprised at the show they put on. They're not bad live; they know how to work the crowd and they sounded pretty good.

Oh man, Buck Cherry! Did they play the one about how high they like to get?


Sad story.

I was contemplating on the latest Nickelback song that they play every other hour about how they's gonna get DRUUUUUUUNK, specifically contemplating on how much of an effect it has on the binge drinking culture.

Then AC/DC's "Have a Drink On Me" came on.

/i still posit that the older songs are about the drinking, not the drunk - there is a difference
 
2012-06-10 04:14:38 PM
I don't care for Nickelback, but I really don't care if you like them. As long as you don't blast their music loud enough to keep me awake, I really do not care.
 
2012-06-10 04:20:06 PM
Nickelback are musicians as much as Carlos Mencia is a comedian.
 
2012-06-10 04:36:40 PM
I fear that Nickelback will break up and fade away, and then we'll never know what the hell was on Joey's head.

/Facehugger was my guess.
 
2012-06-10 04:42:31 PM
www.mytinyphone.com
Kings of Leon

Much worse than Nickleback or just about anybody else for that matter.
 
2012-06-10 04:44:04 PM

MithrandirBooga: /Currently writing a rock opera where The Black Keys foment a rebellion and overthrow Nickelback


Black Keys songs certainly make for fine ad jingles. Oh, they're good, but they don't set the integrity or originality bars any higher.
 
2012-06-10 05:28:26 PM

El Freak: Rock and roll stopped being rebellious and turned into mostly corporate shiat about 40 years ago.


Even the shiat that was "real" wasn't any good. At my last job -- working with outside sales -- I got to share a lot of windshield time with some Baby Boomers who grew up during the "rock" era they're so proud of. So instead of the same old two dozen actually good songs you hear on the radio, I got to listen a lot of the stuff that didn't make it through the nostalgia filter.

It's crap.

What's more unbelievable is how these old folks will gush about how "great" these bands are for writing these songs on the fly, often drunk, hung over or stoned to the ceiling. Except most of the music does sound like it was written in ten minutes by a junkie. Even the great ye olde bands were crap 90% of the time. Very little musical depth. They did come up with the occasional sample that got immortalized, but this was only by throwing a LOT of shiat against the wall. In many cases it was a sheer collective volume issue. If a hundred bands of drunks wrote ten songs a year (a very pedestrian pace) for a decade, that's 10,000 songs. If only 1% of them were great, well, that's 100 great songs.

There are no great musical eras; just great music. If a pack of alcoholics come up with something catchy, more power to them, but the only pattern at work here is that people tend to fondly remember the favorite tunes they grew up with and forget that they (or the industry) had already picked the needles out of the haystack. Nickleback sucks but an industry band spewing mediocre music is more the rule than the exception.
 
2012-06-10 05:29:12 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meanwhile, its a lot of fun when you mash up all their greatest hits into a single video.


That was brilliant.
 
2012-06-10 05:39:34 PM
Nickleback put rock back in the mold Nirvana broke the genre out of, not that I'm a nirvana fan by any means. And for that, I dislike them.
 
2012-06-10 05:45:52 PM

jayhawk88: pinchpoint: My sister had tickets for a Nickleback show and got stood up, so I went with her (mostly because Buck Cherry was opening). I was surprised at the show they put on. They're not bad live; they know how to work the crowd and they sounded pretty good.

Oh man, Buck Cherry! Did they play the one about how high they like to get?


You mean this one?

Say what you want, they both put on a decent show, considering they're not that good in the first place.
 
2012-06-10 05:52:38 PM
I would like to see Nickelback and Nicki Minaj fight a pack of baboons.
 
2012-06-10 05:54:30 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meanwhile, its a lot of fun when you mash up all their greatest hits into a single video.


That's the second time I've watched that and thought, "When will the songs st-ohhhh, I get it." Well played.
 
mhd
2012-06-10 06:00:47 PM

iron_city_ap: Nickleback put rock back in the mold Nirvana broke the genre out of


Huh? Nickelback certainly sounds closer to plodding grunge than showboating hair metal.
 
2012-06-10 06:01:36 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: wow. I never thought I'd ever see any white knighting for Nickelback, let alone so damn much of it in one place. Fark sure is weird sometimes.


Nickelback's been shiat on for the last decade, and frankly it's boring now. People whining about Nickelback on the internet is the only way I know they still exist. Enough already.
 
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