Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger says people love to hate their music because it’s really good
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Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger knows why the band is so universally hated and attributes it to their success.
I can already see the memes in the Twittersphere that will come from these remarks.
During an interview with 98 Rock’s The Bailey Show, the singer touched upon the band’s widespread haters and why they are triggering for so many.
"When you're played on as many formats as we were played on for probably like a solid 12 years, it makes it tough to get away from the band. It really does. I get it,” he said.
“There are bands that come on and I'm like, ‘Nope.’”
He continued: “That's the same as like, putting something in your mouth.
"Like, ‘I don't like this food. I don't care for this. There's no endorphins, there's no serotonin going on right now when I eat this food’ – and you just, you get away from it.”
However, Kroeger added that he won’t dwell on the hate as he knows he still has a large fan base.
"I’m not gonna apologize, because the reason you guys [radio] play it or played it, or any song that you do a lot, is because most of the population wants to hear more of it," he said.
"And that's the only reason why you have playlists.
"Otherwise you just play whatever the hell you want."
Why everyone hates Nickelback has been one of the age-old questions; right next to what happens after we die.
The question has been pondered by many, leading Finnish student Salli Anttonen to study why many can't stand them.
After painstakingly sifting through 14 years of terrible reviews, Attonen concluded that the group suffers from an authenticity deficit in music journalists' eyes.
"Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something," Anttonen told the BBC.
"They follow genre expectations too well, which is seen as empty imitation."
In other words, they lack originality and are a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.
While speaking to Jorge Botas of Portugal's Metal Global, Kroeger began to pinpoint when people started turning off the Canadian rock band.
He said: “I think I’ve got a pretty good grasp of where things kind of went off the rails for us.
"I think that because we write so many different kinds of music, I think that if you were listening to a radio station any time between 2000 and 2010, ’11, ’12 even, we were kind of tough to get away from."
So, there is such a thing as overexposure.