Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The origin of the name "Nickelback"

I assume Wikipedia is never wrong about anything, so they can't be wrong about the origin of the name "Nickelback."

There's such hype about the pride Chad and the band members have in the band, and how deep the lyrics are, and how awesome at life their fans are, but, did you ever stop and ask yourself, "Why, self, do I think they chose the name 'Nickelback' for such an incredibly awesome [at sucking] rock band?"

The answer lies with Starbucks. That's right, Starbucks. The frilled-up coffee place.

Turns out Mike Kroeger used to work at Starbucks serving what were no doubt some of the deepest, most thoughtful lattes this side of France. (Mike, by the way, for those of you who have too much of a life to care about these things, is the half brother of Chad Kroeger and bass player for this talented menagerie.) While working at Starbucks, Mike found that he would often have to provide the customer with 5 Canadian cents in change. 5 Canadian cents, when placed into one coin, is also called a nickel. (Similar to the US but at 70% of the value.) Apparently, during this transaction, he would frequently find himself saying "Here's your nickel back."

Long story short: Mike served crappy, over-priced coffee, gave people nickels, formed a crappy band and should now technically owe Starbucks all sorts of royalties. Thank God he didn't have to give people some sort of other change back or ever say anything else to any customers on a routine basis, like "Here's your penny back," or "Here's your receipt ma'am." Those would have been horrible band names.

10 comments:

Nickelback Raper said...

Nickelback is the cause of global warming, didn't you hear?

http://probablysucks.com/research-finds-nickelback-is-responsible-for-global-warming/

vinicius said...

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..... gues... said...

LOL... you must have serious recreational issues..

the famous nickelback said...

Oh a combination of nickels and starbucks coffee. Well they did a great band name here in the music industry.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it refers to a nick back plating for a metallic tool or a bullet

Anonymous said...

nickelback does not suck , you suck d*ck sir and you shouldnt be allowed to say suck and nickelback in the same sentence. what is this a four year olds blog?

me said...

They just actually picked two names like the grateful dead do then and a party someone can up with the coffee shop story.... Think of it what 20 years a ago how much was a Starbucks coffee and why would anyone and the costumer if they wanted they change

Anonymous said...

Hahah, Pennyback XD
That would be... funny :D

ben zemach said...
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Anonymous said...

This website is fu**ing stupid. Nickelback IS an awesome band. Their songs have great depth in them and They're fun to listen to. I really don't understand why u hate them, Every time I listen to them it makes my day.