Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to the multi-platinum Kings of Vancouver (via Hanna, Alberta) Nickelback. For every rock classic that – understandably – can’t get enough of the arguably great “How You Remind Me,” there’s a Slipknot’s Corey Taylor who never misses an opportunity to take aim at singer Chad Kroeger and Company. (Remember, if you will, the 2017 interview where Taylor came up with “Chad Kroeger is rocking what KFC is chicken. Is this wrong? Won’t feel good about it.”)
In the awkward position of being a pop culture favorite punching bag while selling millions and millions of records, Nickelback probably doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about the band. How many of the group’s countless critics own $8 million BC homes with a real hockey rink in the basement?
Exactly. Enjoy your shift at Home Depot today. And remember the sash cord is in aisle 32.
Because Nickelback is, well, Nickelback, every time someone admits to liking the band it’s somehow treated as headline-grabbing news. Which brings us to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Fans of the slower sport this side of chess and basketball know that the Southern California Major League Baseball baseball team has had a rough patch lately. After leading AL West with a record 10 games over .500 a few weeks ago, the Angels are on a prolonged slippage. That led to the firing of businessman Joe Maddon this week.
Yesterday, the Angels decided it was time to take a bold step to mix things up.
All the Angels hitters who went to the plate did so for Nickelback. Interim manager Phil Nevin denied he was responsible, even though he’s a self-proclaimed Nickelback fan, and obviously that guy at the party who runs the stereo and yells “I love this song, and so do you!!!”
So, while he normally swings the bat after a quick snippet of “The Greatest Show” by the greatest showman soundtrack, Shohei Ohtani was presented with “Photograph”.
From there it went “Rockstar” for Jo Adell, “How You Remind Me” for Jared Walsh and “Someday” for Matt Duffy.
“I like Nickelback,” Nevin told MLB.com. “The whole game, I’ve got the songs in my head, I can’t stop singing, and the next guy comes along. … It was cool, for a while.”
Despite being clean, the Angels lost the game 1-0. Asking a question if everyone on the team and in the stands will continue to be bombarded by Nickelback, Nickelback and more Nickelback until the team wins.
Which really isn’t too bad when you consider that ’90s-themed alternatives include Creed, Dave Matthews Band, and Toby Keith.
Or worse yet, having to step out of the scout’s circle while listening to Fred Durst yelling “I did everything for the nookie/(Come on) the nookie/(Come on) so you can get that cookie.”
Here’s the full list of every Nickelback song played for every Angel.
- Shohei Ohtani – “Photography”
- Jo Adell – Rockstar
- Jared Walsh – “As You Remind Me”
- Matt Duffy – “Someday”
- Juan Lagares – “If today were your last day”
- Brandon Marsh – “When We’re Together”
- Jack Mayfield – “What are you waiting for?”
- Kurt Suzuki – “This Afternoon”
- Tyler Wade – “Animals”