Published on February 16th, 2013 | by Alan Cross8
When Did People Start Hating Nickelback? May 5, 2003.
This is fantastic.
Redditor babycarrotman has done some excellent data mining in an effort to understand when the hate for Nickelback began. The answer seems to be May 5, 2003. I quote:
After reading [this post] I suddenly realized, very few people there know the primary moment that popularized hating Nickelback. And looking online, very few other people seem to know the answer, either.
People have argued that it’s because their lyrics are derivative, or their music is all the same or some more sophisticated argument about popular perception of their music (see the Cracked article and The Village Voice).
I submit that hating Nickelback, however, has a much more prosaic origin: an overplayed Comedy Central promo.
Comedy Central advertised the hell out of Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, which aired from 2002-2004. It was a panel comedy show featuring four comedians and Colin Quinn as host discussing topical news stories.
One of their promos (I cannot find a video of the promo, unfortunately) that they played a lot (which I swear played for almost 6 months straight in every commercial break) was a clip of comedian Brian Posehn responding to a prompt about a study published on May 5, 2003 tying violent lyrics to violent behavior.
No one talks about the studies that show that bad music makes people violent, but listening to Nickelback makes me want to kill Nickelback.
This joke was on every Tough Crowd promo and nearly all the time. After hearing this joke during every promo for a couple of weeks I began to hear everyone at my middle school begin to mock Nickelback mercilessly. Interestingly, any jokes about Creed and Hoobastank somehow seemed to have less staying power at the time. But individual jokes about Creed and Hoobastank weren’t advertised as much this one for Nickelback.
Continue reading this great pick of cultural forensics here. (Thanks to JMJ for digging this out!)