Like every Canadian, I’ve spent a lot of time making fun making fun of Nickelback.  Mostly because I’m jealous of their success, seeing as how they’ve pretty much been doing the same thing for years and seem to get more and more successful.

But one of things that helps me sleep at night is knowing that Nickelback seems to be in on the joke that is their international success.  Surely these rockers from rural Alberta can’t think that they are actually producer rock music that will last generations, do they?  Of course not.  They found a formula that works and if it continues to make them millions, why stop?

But at an Ottawa concert, Nickelback made a bold politcal statement which has me re-thinking this whole, Nickelback knows that they are jokes theory.

During the bands hit Photograph, a giant picture of Stephen Harper showed up on the screen behind Chad Kroeger. Stephen Harper and his son happened to be in attendance, which would normally be fine, but during a political campaign, the move seems a wee bit strange.

Now Elizabeth May really has something to be pissed off about!

When I think Nickelback, I don’t necessarily think of the Conservative party, but then again, you probably don’t want to know what I think about when I think about Nickelback.

So does Nickelback’s conversative support help you make up your mind about who your voting for?  Or does it hinder your decision?  Or are you just angry that you just wasted a few minutes of your time reading about Nickelback in general.

(photo via Chart Attack)


Mike Morrison

10 Comments

  1. Nickelback: a shitty band, the lead singer seriously needs a cough drop and is the ugliest fucker i have ever seen.

  2. And Arcade Fire HASN’T endorsed Harper!
    (www.arcadefire.com/blog/hey-canadians/)

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    On March 29 Prime Minister Harper played keyboard while singing John
    Lennon’s “Imagine” at a Winnipeg photo op.

    Another song on Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine is “How Do You Sleep?”,
    directed at Paul McCartney. If you’re familiar with the melody, try these
    new lyrics. All together now!

    Mr. Harper, How Do You Sleep?

    So the contempt vote took you by surprise
    You better see through the people’s eyes
    Those guys were right on the price of the jets
    Cost twice as much but what about our vets
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    You made coalition a dirty word
    Most Parliaments have them, haven’t you heard?
    Policies favoured by most in their land
    More moderate than left and right demand
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    Prorogue the Parliament, twice down the drain
    Can’t hear Afghan detainees scream in pain
    Large tax cuts for the largest companies
    And for the Tar Sands boys more subsidies
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    At the climate talks, what do we have here
    Four times awarded Fossil of the Year
    Those Action Plan ads cost twenty-six mill
    The G8 and 20, over one bill
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    Why did you lose the seat at the U.N.?
    Who inserted the word ‘not’ with a pen?
    Five times Bruce Carson convicted of fraud
    Then secret clearance in a PMO job
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    Only five questions, ’cause you are the king
    Jump when reporters ask you anything
    You keep them more than forty feet away
    Behind steel fences, just another day
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    You challenge Michael to a face-to-face
    He tell you any time, any place
    Next day you say that it can’t be done
    You’ll just abide by the consortium
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

    Get back on the ‘rights’ track says Amnesty
    And how do you define democracy?
    Your London rally, two students kicked out
    ‘Cause of a picture on a Facebook account
    How do you sleep?
    Ah, how do you sleep at night?

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    For further reference:

    Getting Back on the ‘Rights’ Track
    (www.amnesty.ca/files/HRA.pdf)

    Hey Canadians!
    (www.arcadefire.com/blog/hey-canadians/)

    Harper missing the point on F-35s
    (http://embassymag.ca/page/view/edit-03-16-2011)

    Auditor general to probe lump-sum disability payments for veterans
    (www.leaderpost.com/story_print.html?id=3948651)

    The Government of Canada’s record on climate change
    (www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/news/2011/release/index.php?WEBYEP_DI=8)

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