Nickelback (And Paul Scheer) Try To Figure Out Why Everyone Hates Nickelback

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Why do people hate Nickelback enough to craft petitions inveighing against their inclusion in the halftime entertainment of a regular-season NFL game? (Even the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl appearance didn't inspire such e-ire!) I tried to figure this out two weeks ago and maybe sorta did, at least a little, although the argument put forth also inspired more arguing. (On the bright side, one commenter who had been confusing them with Creed all this time got to have the scales fall from his eyes. Congratulations, dude!) In a video produced by Funny Or Die, the bandmembers themselves try to figure out why they're so despised, and they get an assist from a badly bewigged Paul Scheer (playing one of those slimy music-biz exec types who still exist as a credible archetype even though we're not exactly living in the go-go Phil Collins metavideo era anymore) and, eventually, a bunch of Detroit-themed costumes. Clip below.

(I guess the decision to emulate Trash-era Alice Cooper was because of the '80s retro aspect of the other costume picks? Or who knows, maybe they'll cover "Poison" on Thursday!)

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Ben T
Ben T

Their music is shallow and derivative.  Fans of Nicklback are generally dumb teenagers who have no exposure to good music and are too young to recognize the amount of near-plagarism Nickelback perpetrates on other artists.  People hate Nickelback for the same reason they hate Taylor Swift- the music is damn near meaningless, and if it sounds good at all, that is thanks to the professional producers, not the band members. 

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I like them, because they can stand for the freedom.

maura
maura

I almost love this comment too much to mark it as spam. THE FREEDOM

rushfan
rushfan

I am 42 years old and I happen to like Nickelback, if you really listen to the words of some of their songs they do have meaning (like photograph).  I don't really know any dumb teenagers who like them, the people I know that like them are around my age and we still appreciate just good old rock and roll.  Oh, by the way, I think Chad Kroeger is totally hot!

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