Nickelback is a pop rock group who's music is loved by thousands and hated by millions. Chad Kroeger is the singer and front man, he is regarded as god like by fans.
In 1995 in the town of Hanna, Alberta Chad, Brandon and Mike Kroeger, brothers, and their friend Ryan Peake decided to form a band that would mix the heavy distorted guitar of hard rock with the gritty heart felt vocals of grunge to make a sound that would pollute pop and rock radio stations for years to come.
Tired of Hanna, Alberta, in 1996 the band would relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia. What Nickelback found was success with the single "How you remind me" in 2001, and what they would leave behind was according to Cracked forum member Jeth, a "town full of imitation bands they've left in their wake".
How did the Kroegers come up with a name like Nickelback? That is explained in the article The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History.
Nickelback found their first success with the song "How you remind me". This hard rocking ballad found popularity among rednecks and middle-aged soccer moms. The song topped pop charts. The band would then use "How you remind me" as a formula to create their next hits, interchanging subject matter with things like photographs, today being your last day, and, oh yes, wanting to be rockstars.
The Nickelback songwriting method
Don't believe it? Check out this video, it will play "How you remind me" in one ear and "Someday" in the other.
Using this formulaic pattern Nickelback has managed to sell a whopping 30 million albums and are the second best selling foreign act in the U.S. just behind the Beatles. Admit it, you just lost some faith in humanity.
Most critics were able to call Nickelback out on their bland and repetitive nature. On Nickelback's 2005 release All The Right Reasons, Tiny Mix Tapes said
"Like all Nickelback releases before it, All The Right Reasons was made for all the wrong ones and follows all the formulas and clichés you should be bored to death of by now"
Despite critical lampooning, Nickelback has been nominated for 5 grammys and won 12 Junos. Junos are
the Canadian music awards and are considered quite prestigous meaningless.
"Nickelback has a really pretty voice" - Mother's on Nickelback
Nickelback has made fame by selling to a demographic who is happy to listen to what the radio stations tell them to like. A casual audience who approves of the familiarity of formulaic rock has garnered Nickelback a fanbase that crosses the globe...