Single Stories: Nickelback, “Photograph”
Feeling nostalgic for the 2000s? If you arenât, then you must not have seen the thousands of ads that CNN has been offering up lately to promote its new miniseries about the decade. On the other hand, if youâve found yourself suddenly flipping through photographs, well, then perhaps youâll appreciate the story behind one of Nickelbackâs biggest hits.
Written by the band as a whole (or at least credited to all four members), âPhotographâ is very much a based-on-a-true-story song. Well, more or less, anyway, since Chad Kroeger composed the song whilst thinking back to various events in the bandâs life during their beginnings and recalling various landmarks that meant a lot to them.
âItâs just nostalgia, growing up in a small town, and you canât go back to your childhood,â Kroeger said in a CBC interview. âSaying goodbye to friends that youâve drifted away from, where you grew up, where you went to school, who you hung out with and the dumb stuff you used to do as a kid, the first love â all of those things. Everyone has one or two of those memories that theyâre fond of, so this song is really just the bridge for all that.â
If youâve seen the video, Kroegerâs actually holding the photo that led him down the nostalgic path that inspired the song: itâs one of him and producer Joey Moi at a New Yearâs Eve party. And if you havenât seen the video, well, we can fix that easily enough.
âPhotographâ was, as noted, a big hit for Nickelback, providing them with the third top-10 song of their career and selling more than 1.4 million digital downloads. Needless to say, theyâve probably got some photographs from the era that bring back some fond memories.
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