Nickelback: Still The Underdogs?

It's hard to call Nickelback "underdogs" but that "us against the world" attitude is one that the band tries to maintain at all times.

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It's hard to call a band like Nickelback "underdogs" when they've sold over 25 million records and had a dozen hit singles, but that "us against the world" attitude is one that the band tries to maintain at all times. It is part of what keeps them motivated, and it's also the reason they called their new album Dark Horse. Dark Horse debuted at #2 on the sales chart last week and sits at #7 this week, selling over 500,000 and going Gold in two weeks. But despite this success, many critics and bloggers still love to hate the Canadian group. "It just came up, this phrase, you know 'dark horse,'" frontman Chad Kroeger told MTV News. "It was like the underdog, and I always liked the underdog. There was just something about it, like, 'Always bet on the underdog,' so there you have it." He added, "We just do it the way bands used to do it. We didn't adhere to it, we just did it. Record. Album. Go on the road. Stay on the road forever, until everyone is sick of that album. Go back to the studio and make a new album. Go on the road. That's it. We want to go back to all those towns and have those people show up and want to sing rock-and-roll songs twice as loud back at us as we are singing it to them, and that's why we keep doing what we're doing. This is a good gig. It's a lot of fun. It's every young kid's dream." In February, Nickelback will launch another globe-spanning tour with Seether and Saving Abel in tow. The trek starts on February 25 in Nashville and is currently scheduled to run through April 23 in Columbia, SC. Thanks for the report to FMQB.com.

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    XDforlife
    RockerD416 wrote: OK...Seriously, as a pro-minded musician (not as a jaded wanker who never stood a chance at making it), Nickelback must have done something right to sell 27 million records, let alone be able to release six albums worldwide. People are buying their albums still, and it's safe to say they're not just a flavor of the week, seeing how most of those are lucky to have two albums barely go platinum with extensive label influence, let alone sell 27 million over six albums, all the while doing it from such a sh--ty label such as Roadrunner (their business sense and promotion is CRAP). Also don't forget to mention that The Long Road and All The Right Reasons were both self-produced. As a fan, I love them. Not going to lie. I probably always will. Most of these douchebags here haven't heard more than the #1 singles from the albums, songs which poorly represent the band's actual overall sound (anyone who has seen Nickelback perform live can vouch for this point). They have a distinctive sound; even if Chad's voice is absent, I can recognize a song simply by guitar tone and riffs. I don't see why bitches come on their news stories to hate on them. Haters call it hating on a band that sucks. Mature, open-minded individuals call it JADED REJECTED WANKERS SHOWING CLEAR JEALOUSY OF A BAND WHO HAS ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT THEY DREAMED OF. STOP HATING. YOU TURN A BRIGHTER SHADE OF GREEN EACH TIME YOU DO.
    You're not jealous because you don't like a band, jackass. Nickelback is plain shit, it's boring, chad kroegers voice sounds like shit and it just suck. And to compare AC/DC with Nickelback is just stupid. AC/DC is f**king legends.
    what??
    Disposable-Hero wrote: Not so much overrated, just repetitive. But as far as music goes, I don't really mind listening to them on the radio. It's a welcome break from most of the crap thats out there.
    They define the crap that is out there. They are a generic radio rock band that doesn't do anything better than anyone else. Also, I hate Chad Kroegers voice and I'm sick of hearing it every time there is a radio nearby.
    fearthellamas
    That and everyone thinks Chad Kroeger is a huge douchebag.
    i don't. why is he a douchebag? cause he did something with his life? he's getting paid for doing what he loves.
    windowkiller21
    honestly I'm here because I googled "Chad Kroeger + douchebag". But seriously guys, how can you not enjoy the soothing lyrical melodies produced by Chad Kroeger? I mean.... he may sing like he has a giant cock stuck in his throat, but that's ok. I'm not one to judge. If he's in to sucking some cock while in the studio, more power to him. That must take some serious practice. I admire him for being the most successful homosexual Canadian singer in a modern pop band.
    also h ttp://www.isnickelbacktheworstbandever.com/
    Nickelbitch
    i'm someone who was obviously a HUGE fan of them-- check the name-- and i am asking... why the hell if so many of you hate nickelback are you reading their news articles? Go read Pussycat dolls articles it makes as much as sense.
    kirkwannabe
    Are you kidding? Nickelback is oe of the better "rock" bands out there. I don't like some of their stuff (Gotta be Somebody), but most of their singles are decent to good radio-rock tracks. Besides, Nickelback is a pretty solid rock band, they just don't release the heavy stuff as singles. Listen to the solo in "Just to Get High".
    Mainer
    I know its been said 1000 times, why do all you people who dislike Nickelback come and just bash them, I say get a life, and don't just read about something you don't like just to start bad mouthing it.
    The_Rev_08
    I dont know why people hate nickelback so much. They are an amazing band that write amazing songs. And they are also very good live. And for you people who think just because its mainstream that it sucks, grow the **** up. Yes some mainstream sucks but nickelback is not one of them.
    coheed713
    nickelback rocks but these metal heads on ug dont see that. Dont get me wrong, I listen to metal, like iron maiden. Besides, at least their not like mcr or fob with their emo ****.
    elekguit
    Simple, Nickelback does get a little repetitive in a few songs but the band is amazing. Chad's voice is amazing, and the band as a whole is filled with some good musicians. They work well and come on... this is SO much better than most mainstream music nowadays. Nickelback brings raw energy to their music, and I LOVE that about them.
    SoftParade1967
    RockerD416 wrote: OK...Seriously, as a pro-minded musician (not as a jaded wanker who never stood a chance at making it), Nickelback must have done something right to sell 27 million records, let alone be able to release six albums worldwide. People are buying their albums still, and it's safe to say they're not just a flavor of the week, seeing how most of those are lucky to have two albums barely go platinum with extensive label influence, let alone sell 27 million over six albums, all the while doing it from such a sh--ty label such as Roadrunner (their business sense and promotion is CRAP). Also don't forget to mention that The Long Road and All The Right Reasons were both self-produced. As a fan, I love them. Not going to lie. I probably always will. Most of these douchebags here haven't heard more than the #1 singles from the albums, songs which poorly represent the band's actual overall sound (anyone who has seen Nickelback perform live can vouch for this point). They have a distinctive sound; even if Chad's voice is absent, I can recognize a song simply by guitar tone and riffs. I don't see why bitches come on their news stories to hate on them. Haters call it hating on a band that sucks. Mature, open-minded individuals call it JADED REJECTED WANKERS SHOWING CLEAR JEALOUSY OF A BAND WHO HAS ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT THEY DREAMED OF. STOP HATING. YOU TURN A BRIGHTER SHADE OF GREEN EACH TIME YOU DO.
    I agree man! Nickelback rocks!
    RockerD416
    OK...Seriously, as a pro-minded musician (not as a jaded wanker who never stood a chance at making it), Nickelback must have done something right to sell 27 million records, let alone be able to release six albums worldwide. People are buying their albums still, and it's safe to say they're not just a flavor of the week, seeing how most of those are lucky to have two albums barely go platinum with extensive label influence, let alone sell 27 million over six albums, all the while doing it from such a sh--ty label such as Roadrunner (their business sense and promotion is CRAP). Also don't forget to mention that The Long Road and All The Right Reasons were both self-produced. As a fan, I love them. Not going to lie. I probably always will. Most of these douchebags here haven't heard more than the #1 singles from the albums, songs which poorly represent the band's actual overall sound (anyone who has seen Nickelback perform live can vouch for this point). They have a distinctive sound; even if Chad's voice is absent, I can recognize a song simply by guitar tone and riffs. I don't see why bitches come on their news stories to hate on them. Haters call it hating on a band that sucks . Mature, open-minded individuals call it JADED REJECTED WANKERS SHOWING CLEAR JEALOUSY OF A BAND WHO HAS ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT THEY DREAMED OF . STOP HATING. YOU TURN A BRIGHTER SHADE OF GREEN EACH TIME YOU DO.
    tilleking
    shooterman wrote: why does everyone hate nickelback like they arent that bad ok ther radio songs are popy but the rest of ther cds are kick ass
    Fair point. I love Nickelback, always have. I really don't see why people whine about them so much.
    fearthellamas wrote: That and everyone thinks Chad Kroeger is a huge douchebag. i don't. why is he a douchebag? cause he did something with his life? he's getting paid for doing what he loves.
    And that is another fair comment. I certainly don't hate Kroeger. And if he has done something with his life, fair play, stop hating.
    shooterman
    why does everyone hate nickelback like they arent that bad ok ther radio songs are popy but the rest of ther cds are kick ass
    fearthellamas
    why does everyone say all of Nickelback's songs sound the same? i don't see it. i hear one of their songs, and im like "oh, thats *insert song name here*" why does everyone give them shit? They are an awsum band. I think that tour line-up will be kickass too.
    The_String_Man
    IMO, they're ok,some catchy songs,etc.i can tolerate them (though many could not lol) but nowhere near a music-defining rock band.
    Disposable-Hero
    XtractionProces wrote: Most overrated band in history. How they can say they're underdogs is beyond me.
    Not so much overrated, just repetitive. But as far as music goes, I don't really mind listening to them on the radio. It's a welcome break from most of the crap thats out there.
    StereoFlare
    Alan Cross, the program director for Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge, played a few of their songs at the same time (one song through the left speaker, another song through the right speaker) and they sounded identical. He even asked the question, "How, with all these bands suing former members for copyrighting them, will Nickelback find a way to sue themselves?" The sad part is that right now they're probably the best selling Canadian band and that in itself is a real shame. We have much more talented, homegrown artists that deserve more spotlight and Nickelback, in my opinion, need to hang it up. That and everyone thinks Chad Kroeger is a huge douchebag.
    Ricky4635
    Why does everyone hate Nickelback? They aren't that bad. Sure all there songs sound the same but so does Metallica, AC/DC
    SideshowRaven24
    I am by no means a music "elitist", but Nickleback are the poster-boys for repetitive and plain BORING "rock n roll". I have never heard them venture out of their comfort zone, or even TRY to make a newish sounding melody. Who else has heard of what happens when you sync up some nickleback songs? They sync perfectly, that's what happens. The only band, in my opinion, that's more overrated than Nikcleback is AC/DC. It's okay, you can say I "don't know nothin about rock", but they're just as repetitive and boring. They've just been out 30+ years.
    David_Bowie=GOD
    theyre first 2 albums were okay, but the rest were bad when i realized that for the rest of their career, their songs would sound exactly the same. i hate this band, not as much as i hate creed, but i still hate them.
    JamesxHetfield
    Most Nickelback songs sounds the same. Therefore i don't like them. But Chad has a great voice
    explosionate
    If any of you are basing your taste of music on "catchyness". You are sorely misguided. As for AC/DC, one is brought up on a band like this, but there comes I time when you have to realize what kind of music you like and what kind of music you are expected to like. You can have an opinion on a classic band, but you cannot use them as a standard to judge others. It is completely ignorant to do such a thing. The classic rock sound is just a infinitesimal fraction of what music has to offer. What is marketable is not all that exists. Radio is the worst influence on taste and I suggest you stop listening to it. But seriously folks, Nickelback is a pile of rotting mule organs infected with AIDS hooked up to a few amplifiers and I demand an apology from Canada for this completely immoral exhibition of obscenity.
    maninzil
    there nothing special but i do enjoy listening to them. there not overrated, just good
    mlukeroberts222
    Blah, blah, blah. This tour is going to suck!! Nickelback sucks live, as does Seether. I used to like Seether, but Amy Lee f*ucked up Shawn's head and they provide no energy live. Saving Abel is crap. Nickelback SUCKS!!!!
    DisturbedOne88
    Repetitive? Mwoah, like said not more than AC/DC. Me, I really like Nickelback, put it in the carstereo, blast it and drive a while. There also great for pre-party music, just listn to Burn it to the ground!
    HELLAWAITS88
    repetitive-yes, but so is ac/dc and they are a great definitive rock and roll band...Is ac/dc overrated-no is nickelback?-F*** yeah.
    Vin2254
    how the **** can a band that basically shits platinum say that they're underdogs?
    shipping_steel
    acca dacca's songs might sound similar to each other, but to me thats fine cuase they all kick arse,on the other hand nickelbacks songs sounds all the same to me but i cant stand em, just a differnce in musical taste, thats all there is to it. but to the guy above me who said metallica's songs sound the same..... your kidding right?