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In defense of Nickelback, for Mike Kroeger's 40th birthday

June 25 is a landmark day in the calendar year. Besides being the birthday of literary and entertainment legends such as George Orwell, Ricky Gervais, Sidney Lumet and Carly Simon, it’s also the 40th birthday of one Mike Kroeger, also known as the bassist from Nickelback.

Now, Nickelback have gotten a lot of flak over the years, and for some reason, appreciating the band seems to be equivalent to worshiping Satan.

I’ve never really quite understood why the Canadian quartet is so reviled. When they were scheduled to perform at halftime during a Thanksgiving football game, people went crazy — protests, petitions, media coverage. And then Patrick Carney of the Black Keys had to go and tell Rolling Stone that  “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world” and “they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh-t.” I mean, I might not agree with the lead singer’s choice in fiancees, but come on! Kroeger and company created instant gems like “Photograph,” “How You Remind Me” and “Far Away.”
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Foul-mouthed Instagram parody of Nickelback's 'Photograph' strikes a chord -- VIDEO

CollegeHumor’s parody video of Nickelback’s “Photograph,” called “Look at This Instagram,” pokes fun at the commonplace and predictable filter treatments “photographers” use to transform food, finger nails, feet, fireworks, and other f words into art.

“Started out as a lemon tart, then my phone went and made it art,” bellows the singer in his best Chad Kroeger voice. His female collaborator channels Creed more than Nickelback, but she makes up for it by putting hipster glasses on her cat (“he thinks he’s people!”).

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Avril Lavigne's ex dresses up as her for Halloween, proves he's really, really, really over her

Emma Roberts isn’t the only famous person who got meta this Halloween weekend. Apparently, Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley and his girlfriend Ari Cooper celebrated the holiday by dressing as Avril Lavigne — Whibley’s ex-wife — and her fiance, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. (That’s Whibley as Lavigne; Cooper as Kroeger.) Talk about storming through a party like your name was El Niño! READ FULL STORY

Jason Alexander serves up lattes for Nickelback

Before he started playing bass for Nickelback, Mike Kroeger worked at Starbucks, a gig that supposedly inspired the band’s name. (As in, “Here’s your nickel back.”) Now, the band’s reliving those golden years with the video for “Trying Not To Love You,” which features such dream-of-the-’90s hallmarks as “half-caff mocha-soy” drinks, soul patches, Baywatch nostalgia, and a starring role from Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander, a man who once proclaimed that “coffee’s not coffee, coffee is sex!” He takes that rule a little too seriously in this clip, where he plays a schlubby barista who’s trying to win over former mouth-to-mouth-resuscitation-loving lifeguard Brooke Burns by drawing hearts in her cappuccino. (Does Nickelback own a special TV that plays nothing except old Baywatch episodes? See also: “Gotta Get Me Some,” where Chad Kroeger compares some poor girl to “a scene from a Baywatch rerun.”) First, though, he has to compete with some fedora-wearing latte artist (also played by Alexander) who can sculpt foam until it resembles the members of Nickelback. Which is… supposed to be hot? Or at least funny? Hmmm. You can watch the video below and judge for yourself. But when forced to choose between different versions of Jason “Video Vixen” Alexander, I still prefer this guy.

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