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Music: Nickelback
aka: Nickel Back

Nickelback is a Canadian Hard Rock/Post-Grunge band formed by Chad Kroeger, his half-brother Mike Kroeger, guitarist Ryan Peake, and then drummer Brandon Kroeger.

Chad was engaged to Avril Lavigne on August 21, 2012; they married on July 1, 2013.

Their current lineup is:

  • Chad Kroeger - vocals, guitar
  • Ryan Peake - guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Kroeger - bass guitar
  • Daniel Adair - drums, backing vocals


  • Curb (1996)
  • The State (2000)
  • Silver Side Up (2001)
  • The Long Road (2003)
  • All the Right Reasons (2005)
  • Dark Horse (2008)
  • Here and Now (2011)
  • No Fixed Address (2014)

Some tropes embodied by the band and their work are:

  • Bowdlerise
  • Calling the Old Man Out: "Too Bad" and "Never Again" do this.
  • The Cameo: Exaggerated in Rockstar with appearances by Gene Simmons, Nelly Furtado, Eliza Dushku, Ted Nugent, Twista, Paul Wall, Chuck Lidell, Taryn Manning, Lupe Fiasco, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquadt, Kendra Wilkinson, the Teutuls, Dale Earnardt Jr., Kid Rock, Jerry Cantrell, Dominique Swain & Wayne Gretzky. Overlaps with Casting Gag since a few of the guests are musicians and some of the lyrics they lip-sync relate to themselves.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: "Next Contestant" is about one of these who is always getting pissed at other guys hitting on his girlfriend or worse.
  • Death's Hourglass: The music video for "Savin' Me" begins with a twitchy-looking man saving a well-dressed man from walking in front of a car. Pretty soon, the well-dressed man starts to see what the twitchy man saw: numbers over everyone's heads, rapidly counting down. (This has absolutely nothing to do with the lyrics of the song.)
  • Disappeared Dad: Chad didn't know about his real father until his late teens. Mike's father and his adopted father was also this and the subject of "Too Bad".
  • Domestic Abuse: "Never Again".
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: "Rockstar". Seriously, it was supposed to be a Stealth Parody of the stereotypical rockstar lifestyle, with its intentionally over-the-top lyrics. Except it completely backfired.
    • Probably because the song does nothing to actually deride the lifestyle. Yeah, they say you've got a drug dealer on speed dial or you'll be popping your pills from a Pez dispenser; but at the same time, it's describing the big bus you'll be riding around in with your old guitars, getting into the Playboy mansion, or dating a centerfold model and having enough money to let her spend it willy-nilly. No one's going to deny all those things sound awesome. The lyrics are supposed to be over-the-top, but anyone with an ear in modern society knows very well that real-life celebrities will get to enjoy these amenities and a whole lot more, too.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Just to Get High" and "Worthy to Say".
  • Darker and Edgier: Dark Horse.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Both Curb and The State are much heavier and less-commercial than anything the band has recorded since Silver Side Up.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Discussed in "Next Contestant",the protagonist "even fears the ladies" coming onto his girlfriend.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Two, Three-Sided Coin (Japan Only), and The Best of Nickelback Volume 1.
  • Growing Up Sucks: "Photograph".
  • Ice-Cream Koan
  • Ignorant of the Call: In "Hero", the singer acknowledges that "a hero can save us", but that he's not going to stand around waiting for one to show up. He thus unknowingly becomes the very hero he wasn't going to wait around for, all the while denying that he's any kind of hero at all.
  • Insult Backfire: A pretty good one, too.
  • Intercourse with You: "Next Go Round", "Flat on the Floor", and "S.E.X.", just to name a few.
  • Isn't It Ironic?
  • Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Chad and Mike's last name is pronounced "Kroo-ger" (as in Freddy Krueger), though people constantly pronounce it "Kro-ger" (like the grocery store chain).
  • Lyrical Shoehorn
  • Marked Bullet: "Side of a Bullet".
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A fairly solid 5, although they can go up and down on occasion. Their ballads like "Far Away" and "Lullaby" go down into the 2-3 range, but then songs like "Because of You" and the aforementioned "Side of a Bullet" can jump up into the 7 range.
  • Mood Whiplash: Often induces this from song to song, to their detriment. Many of their songs' content comes off as earnest and emotional and can sometimes border on Silly Love Songs. Then they come out with a tune like "Animals"... and many more like it.
  • Motive Rant: "Where Do I Hide".
  • Ms. Fanservice: "Something in Your Mouth".
  • New Sound Album: Dark Horse was way more darker then either of the albums before and after it.
    • In comparison, No Fixed Address abandons the Post-Grunge trappings in favor of a more electronic production style that, at least according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, results in their best album to date.
  • Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight: "This Means War".
  • Oh, Crap: The main characters' reaction in the last verse of "Animals." He and his girlfriend are in his car getting busy when she realizes that her dad has found them and is standing right outside. And worse, the keys aren't in the ignition because they fell on the floor while they were in the middle of it.
  • Other Common Music Video Concepts
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Burn It to the Ground" and "Bottoms Up".
  • Papa Wolf: The dad in the video for "I'd Come for You."
  • Parental Abandonment: A common theme in their lyrics.
  • Performance Video: "Burn It to the Ground".
    • "Never Again" originally had a video, but MTV deemed it too graphic and violent and the band reshot the video with concert footage.
  • Prom Baby: "Throw Yourself Away".
  • Random Passerby Advice: Not really "random", but while they were arranging "How You Remind Me", Ryan brought up the idea of the musical stops in the choruses. They played it a few times that way but still felt it was missing something, at which point Daniel's drum tech said "You should do a really big stop at the last chorus". They tried it, loved the effect it had on the song, and gave him a $50,000 bonus on the spot.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Burn It to the Ground" was used for several years as the opening theme for WWE Raw.
  • Rockstar Song: "Rockstar," but it's meant to mock the industry.
  • Rousseau Was Right: "If Everyone Cared".
  • Self-Deprecation: "Nickelback? You got me Nickelback?!"
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Follow You Home".
  • Sanity Slippage Song: All the Right Reasons has tracks with this under tone.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: "Lullaby".
  • This Means War!: The title of the first track on Here and Now.
  • Tomato Surprise: The video to "Someday" has a nice twist at the end.

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alternative title(s): Nickelback
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