Nickleback, a grungy radio rock band known for hits including "How You Remind Me" and "Someday," is revered by fans across the globe. On the other hand, plenty find the group's music repulsive, rotten or revolting.
The Canadian band's detractors aren't all snobby rock critics, either. When WNOR-FM started hyping a "Win free tix to Nickelback" contest on Facebook Tuesday, lots of rank-and-file music lovers started hurling playful insults. Within a few hours, 21 Facebookers expressed their Nickelback nausea.
"Why are you threatening us like this, FM99? What did we do to deserve this?" wrote a sarcastic Shìkamaru Nara. "Whatever it was, we are sorry. So sorry. So very, very sorry."
Brian Ponton, who, according to his Facebook profile, studied at Christopher Newport University, wrote, "Oh man, free Nickelback tickets! It's like winning a free prostate exam."
Building on the theme of Nickelback music as the equivalent of physical pain, Chris Seyler of Chesapeake wrote, "How about I just stick my head in a bear trap. You get the same effect as listening to their music."
Hampton resident Robert "Tugboat" Richmond tried to sum up the thread. "The fans have spoken, Nickelback you retire ... to the bottom of the ocean," he posted. "FM 99 rules, but they are only human they can make mistakes such as playing Nickelback songs. We forgive them."
A couple of readers did pipe up to defend the band. Ryan Burchett, who is from Hampton but now lives in Las Vegas according to his Facebook profile, wrote, "Saw them on their last show of their tour here in Vegas a little over a year ago. My girlfriend dragged me to it but it ended up being one of the best concerts I have ever seen! Those guys know how to put on a good show!"