To all the Canadians, or at least those with working ears, out there, was anybody else dissapointed, or mortified, that Nickleback was the best performer at the Olympic closing ceremonies? Yes, I am talking about the same Nickleback you are thinking about: bunch of Alberta rednecks fronted by a bearded Madonna impersonator playing shitty, generic jock-rock for consumption by idiots everywhere. And yes, they were easily the best act that Canada put forth at the Olympic closing ceremonies.
How sad is that. Of all the awesome Canadian bands, Nickleback not only gets chosen, but proves to be the best act we show to the world. I realize many of my favorite Canadians (Alexisonfire, Propaghandi and Protest the Hero come to mind) are far too "hardcore" for such mass consumption, but come on, we have Billy Talent, Rush, Ten Second Epic and Blue Rodeo (they're country, and they are damn good). Hell, even Sum 41 can still put on an exiting show. But no, we cant send these bands, we have to send Hedley and some French electro-rock-crapshoot band, along with Nickleback.
Im simply venting my frustration in Canada's choice to cheapen our image to the world. We have a packed roster of legitimately talented bands and musicians who make music for the right reasons, and yet we send the most materialistic and incompetent "musicians" our fine nation has on tap.