Demand Your Nickel Back

Poor Nickelback.  They are the Rodney Dangerfield of rock bands.  Here is a PR piece I received.

On November 21, multi-platinum rock superstars Nickelback and Roadrunner Records will release Here And Now, the band’s self-produced seventh studio album and follow-up to the 2008 triple platinum release, Dark Horse. Nickelback is one the biggest rock bands in the world having sold almost 50 million albums worldwide. Since their 2001 breakthrough hit song “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback has sent 18 singles rocketing onto various Billboard charts.

We’re four people who love making music, the way we like to make it,” says Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. “We entered the studio this year with a vision, and it all came together. We’re extremely happy with the results, and can’t wait to share them with our fans.”     
Apparently not everyone loves them.  In case you’re not aware, there is an online petition signed by over 25,000, 48,000 music fans demanding that Nickelback not play in Detroit for the Thanksgiving football halftime show.

And as if that wasn’t enough.  Now comes word that they are also sexually repellant at least according to a survey from .

Nickelback seem to be an anomaly.  They sell millions of records and yet I don’t think I know of anyone that has bought any of their music, seen their shows or even worn their T-Shirts.

I can tell you that this negative publicity is probably the best thing to happen to the band and NBC, the station airing the game.  There will be millions more now tuned in (probably me too) to actually see them perform (and probably make snarky comments) but they’ll probably win over even more fans.  Now everyone will remember Nickelback just like Joey Nickels.

In any case, it got me thinking about my favorite Montgomery Burns (from The Simpsons) quotes and his love of nickels.

Lisa: Not good money, really. Each can’ll get you a nickel.

Mr. Burns: Ooh don’t poo-poo a nickel, Lisa. A nickel will buy you a steak and kidney pie, a cup of coffee, a slice of cheesecake and a newsreel. With enough change left over to ride the trolley from Battery Park to the polo grounds.

And this one…

Apu: Quite a donnybrook, eh, Mr. Burns?

Mr. Burns: Balderdash! Why, I once watched “Gentleman” Jim Corbett fight an Eskimo fellow bare-knuckled for a hundred and thirteen rounds! Of course, back then, if a fight lasted less than fifty rounds, we demanded our nickel back!
And click on the picture to hear Marge singing about what you can do with a nickel.

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