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On Nickelback and Millennial Pop Culture: "What Were We Thinking?"

STORY BY: Colin S.
YEAR: 2001
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

After seeing BOOM X, Colin reflects on something that the character of Howards mentions in the 1970s. Howard mentions the cynicism that developed in society after the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War, and how pop culture become more escapist because of it. Colin then recalls how a similar escapism occurred on television and in music after 9/11 in 2001, when he was in middle school. "Wow, what were we all thinking!" He then goes on to list certain bands: "Nickelback, Papa Roach or that Superman song (by Five For Fighting)", who he compares unfavourably to the edgy 1970s punk music of the Ramones and the Clash. Colin later added some clarification by email: "I meant that Nickelback and Papa Roach were similar to the "escapist" music of the early '70s; in a way, I was kind of jealous of GenX-ers who listened to the Ramones and the Clash. If I were to compare Nickelback and Papa Roach to bands from the show, I would say Nickelback was like Styx and Papa Roach was like Kiss. One more thing: after I left the show, I remembered there was another "Superman song" that was big when I was in middle school, 'Kryptonite' by Three Doors Down. Looking back, it's tough to say which song is more cringe-worthy." Thanks for sharing, Colin.


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