Nickelback frontman comments on the band’s 2011 breakout hit, ‘How You Remind Me’
Canadian rock band Nickelback are enjoying yet another chart-topping album with their current release, Here and Now. The 11-song set, which is the group’s seventh studio effort, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 in its debut week and is on target to stand strong for a good stint.
Fans of the melodic rockers will remember Nickelback’s breakout hit, “How You Remind Me,” which arrived in the summer of 2001 and sat at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks; a rare honor for a hard rock band, no doubt.
“That song came together incredibly fast. [It was] probably one of the fastest songs we’ve ever written, and that was our big introduction to the world,” Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told Billboard of the perennial hit. “I think it struck a chord with a lot of people. We got to go to Germany. We got to go to Japan. We got to go to all these places where they don’t speak English predominantly, and it still resonated with them. There’s something to be said for that.
“So, that’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us, that launching pad. It was 10 years ago now that that song went to No. 1. So we’ve been able to stick around for a decade, but none of this would have been possible had it not been for that song, ‘How You Remind Me.’ So, I’ve literally thanked that song before.”
When Kroeger isn’t writing or touring with Nickelback, he can often be spotted rocking out at Steel Panther shows in Los Angeles. Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia exclusively spoke with Audio Ink Radio about how the band hooked up with Kroeger to record a track off their latest album, Balls Out: “Chad was in L.A. for a while, and he would come to our shows and get up onstage and jam. We got to know him, and at one of the shows, we were like, ‘Dude, we should write together!’” he explained. “We kept saying it enough times that finally, we were like, ‘Let’s do it.’” Read more about the match-up via this news story.
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