Day 357: How You Remind Me

Song: “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
Reached #1: December 22, 2001 (their first, 4 weeks)

This is how you start soulless corporate rock…

Nickelback’s first #1 is supposedly about Chad Kroeger’s ex-girlfriend Jodi.

If so, it’s one of his few songs that’s about anything.

See, Kroeger may have recently given away the secret of why we hate Nickelback even as we continue to buy every album and song they put out.

He’s said that, basically, he writes hits. 

Meaning he deconstruct his music, and others, to determine what makes a hit and what doesn’t, and the end product is what he gives to the band.

Which would explain why they’re accused of being repetitive, formulaic, and banal even as we buy everything in sight from them.

It’s rock pablum.

And it all started 11 years ago, when “How You Remind Me” hit the top of the charts.  The album it led off, Silver Side Up, was released on September 11, 2001.  Seriously.

Interestingly, though, this remains Nickelback’s only US #1 pop hit.  Even at home in Canada, where they have an immediate advantage due to CanCon regulations, they only have 3 #1s (the last was “Photograph” in 2005).

So… maybe there is something to be said for going beyond soulless corporate rock.  Not that Nickelback ever will.  Album sales and tour revenues won’t let them…

Tomorrow, it’s just another day (for you and me)…

Other songs that reached #1 on December 22:
1958 –
“The Chipmunk Song” by the Chipmunks with the music of David Seville (their first, 4 weeks)
1962 – “Telstar” by the Tornadoes (their first, 3 weeks)
1979 – “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes (his first, 3 weeks)
1984 – “Like A Virgin” by Madonna (her first, 6 weeks)

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