Mangirling is a semi-regular feature that runs when the girls are too busy (lazy) to write their own posts, or when Johnny Rico feels the need to yell at the internet about something inconsequential. Read on for this week’s rant, Chad Kroeger: Rock Hero.
Chad Kroeger comes from a special place, literally. The town of Hanna, where Nickelback formed, is in the northeast corner of something called the “Special Areas” in Alberta, named such because of the hardship brought upon this particular area during the 1930s Great Depression. It stands to reason that the most special area of 1938 would produce the most special rock band of 2006. Ah 2006, when you think of the Nickelback you hate, you hate the Nickelback of 2006. It took a special kind of genius to produce lasting rock success in the early 00’s. Music sharing services like Napster, Limewire, Bearshare, and eDonkey were killing music sales and rock music, in general, was at its nadir yet Nickelback managed to produce the 4th best selling album of 2006. (Take a look at the top albums of 2006 – Nickelback does not fit into that list). How did Nickelback, of all rock bands, manage to do this? Two words: Chad effing Kroeger.
Did you know Chad Kroeger has a writing credit on almost every Nickelback song? “Sure”, you may say, “all Nickelback songs sound the same”. So what, smarty pants. You can’t blame a guy for creating, marketing, and selling an ear worm that both annoys everyone and makes them aggressively nod their heads to the methodic beat at the same time. That’s evil genius territory. Check out this paragraph from their wikipedia page:
Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and ranking as the eleventh best-selling music act, and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, behind The Beatles.Billboard ranks them the most successful rock group of the decade; their song “How You Remind Me” was listed as the best-selling rock song of the decade and the fourth best-selling of the decade. They were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade.
I don’t blame you if reading that caused the bile to rise into your throat, but take a moment to admire their ability, nay, Chad Kroeger’s ability to get his style of music through to the unwashed, unshaven, uncultured masses. Nickelback sings about what the common man doesn’t dare to admit. We do want to be a rock star. We do wish we had a fist full of 50’s. We actually couldn’t cut it as a wise man or as a poor man stealing. Modern country rock has made huge waves, in certain circles, singing about the same thing. What separates Nickelback from Eric Church? A country twang and 10 years. That’s it. Nickelback is Florida Georgia Line with 1 fewer or 2 more members (depending on your perspective) and a bajillion more albums sold. Nickelback is Puddle of Mudd with more staying power. Nickelback spawned a legion of copycat bands because the world needed a legion of copycat bands. Never forget though, Nickelback was the first, Nickelback was the best, and Nickelback was created by a visionary.
Chad Kroeger: Rock Hero.
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Johnny Rico (1997)
PS: Remember Avril Lavigne’s surprisingly successful 2013 comeback album that featured the song “Here’s to Never Growing Up”? Chad Kroeger co-wrote that song and 7 other tracks on that album. Evil genius.