Add to the list of unnecessary things in the world: this.
“The brainchild of NYC pianist/arranger Scott Bradlee, A Motown Tribute to Nickelback offers an alternative take on Nickelback’s recorded legacy by painstakingly converting the Canadian modern rock band’s hits into authentic Motown styles of the 1960’s and 70’s.
“A Motown Tribute to Nickelback first rose to prominence in November of 2011, in response to an internet petition protesting Nickelback’s scheduled performance at the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day halftime show. The resultant YouTube video, a tambourine-heavy cover of “How You Remind Me,” quickly achieved notoriety on the internet as a means to satisfy both Nickelback fans and anti-fans. Soon after, the band was booked to perform alongside Tragically Hip and Chromeo at Virgin Mobile’s Live at Squamish festival. In order to prepare for their first public performance, the band launched a popular Kickstarter campaign to help them create an album of Nickelback-as-Motown covers.”
Other ideas sure to be big Internet hits:
- An album of Drake covers, in the style of Funkadelic
- 2,000 Lil B songs sung by children from around the world
- Hootie & The Blowfish covering Mumford & Sons (called Mumford & The Blowfish, obv)
- Bluegrass makeover of 808s & Heartbreak
- The full discography of Joni Mitchell, recreated using only fart sounds
According to the press release, Nickelback themselves called this tribute “killer.” Listen below. Or don’t.