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The Benefits of Pushing Artistry: The Nickelback Effect

August 20, 2009

I ran across an interesting read from a friends website.

Essentially Steve is making the point that many millions of people do with their wallets, Nickelback has a talent for writing hit songs.

While I totally agree that they are a talented band, I find it more then mildly offensive that Nickelback will be remembered as the biggest selling rock band to EVER come out of Canada. Not because I don’t like the music, but because Chad Kroeger and company are so good at making hit songs that they are on autopilot. History doesn’t remember those on autopilot.

Of course Nickelback will go down in history, but those artists that will be remembered as the most important to music are the artists that try new things and push the boundaries of sound. When you push artistry you give rise to countless new ideas that others will feast on and take to new places.

I know the idea of Nickelback making an art record is laughable, but my god, I would love to hear what Chad Kroeger could do if he just let go of the Major Label teet.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 10:18 am

    it saddens me to say this, but i completely agree. chad does write songs that sell well, which isn’t necessarily a creative character trait, but one that is difficult to excel at nonetheless.

  2. Jeff permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:02 am

    Hey dudes, great post on a mediocre band. I gotta say though, the post would have been better with somethin in your mouth(s)…

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