As people on both sides of the political fence are so fond of saying: we’re living in a more divided time than we’ve ever seen before. Whether or not that’s actually true, it is not a particularly harmonious time to be a person living on the planet.
We have one thing that binds us all together, though: a mutual hatred of Nickelback. While they may not actually be the worst band in the world (see: Brokencyde), they passed through an unfortunate confluence of things: they were juuust not terrible enough that they got a lot of radio play, they were juuust terrible enough that most of the people who heard them thought they were shit, and the zeitgeist quickly turned against them, transforming them from a cherished soft rock band into a band whose name is only ever really invoked as an insult.
As it was towards DJ duo The Chainsmokers, in an article published in ‘Esquire‘ titled ‘The Chainsmokers Are the Nickelback of EDM‘. This article did not mince words:
At this point, hating on Nickelback is about as uninspired as Nickelback itself. There’s not even any joy to be had in writing smart things about how bad Nickelback is, because it’s been done, many times over. Thankfully, there’s a new act here who can be the object of our collective derision. They’re The Chainsmokers, and they’re doing for EDM what Nickelback did to post-grunge arena rock: becoming immensely popular by using the worst cliches the genre has to offer, and then taking it down to the river and putting it out of its misery.
Mate, tell us how you really feel.
The boys hit back in the only dignified, classy way that you can in a situation like that, though: by recording a mashup of one of their own songs with one of Nickelback’s. You’d have to have some pretty odd taste in music to describe ‘Paris‘ x ‘How You Remind Me‘ as actually, but that will not get in the way of you enjoying it:
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 31, 2017
Elegant and classy. Nice.
Photo: Getty Images / Mark Sullivan + M. Tran.