Leave Nickelback Alone!

They’re not interesting enough to spend any of your saliva on! STFU and tell me about something awesome!

I know it’s hard for some of you to see Nickelback as legitimate entertainers, but trust me, they are. If Nickelback was the first band you ever saw live, and you had only ever heard commercial rock music before, you would definitely enjoy the show! They are an objectively professional-sounding and tight band, and they’ve sold more event tickets than most people ever will, earning them the coveted status of legitimate professional entertainers.

That’s why it pisses me off to no end when people bash Nickelback, or any other artist for that matter. Go practice your pentatonic scale and come talk to me when you’ve sold your first concert ticket to a perfect stranger. Trust me, your chosen topic of conversation will not be how much you dislike Nickelback. The fact that Nickelback plays painfully generic, blatantly commercial dad-rock does not in any way excuse the disrespect some musicians have for them and other moderately successful artists.

As far as I’m concerned, no matter how substandard you sound, if you’re going to the trouble of putting your music out there, you automatically deserve my respect and camaraderie. Unless you’re spewing hate, racism or other terrible shit, you’re on my good side. Don’t get me wrong: that doesn’t mean I won’t tear you apart in a Bucketlist review if your album is justifiably garbage. However, I will never do what these Nickelback basher types (and Creed, and other popular-to-hate artists) do, which is to go out of their way to find excuses to poke fun at something that is inherently unworthy of prolonged examination.

Leave Nickelback alone! They’re an average quality, but professional-sounding band that happened to get popular. Get over your jealousy trip and join the real music conversation, already.

Written by Henri Brillon
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

About Henri Brillon 39 Articles
Don't let Henri's conventional style fool you; there's a maze of subtle sounds in that noggin of his. After discovering his dad's records and CDs, Henri became a lover of classic hard rock. He then found his true passion for any music that breaks the rules: progressive, psychedelic, improvisational, metal, experimental and more. At concerts, the musical experience is equally as important to Henri as the intellectual one; good shows should trigger personal reflexion and deep questions! When he's not busy feeding the mainstream monster as web editor at The Beat 92.5, Henri assumes bass guitar duties for Montreal pop-funk band Neon Rise. He's also been known to strum out the occasional acoustic folk ballad under his own name – sometimes in English, sometimes in French. Henri dabbles in photography and videography, and has been an avid skier his entire life.

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