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Published on March 8th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Two US congressmen got into a fight over Nickelback

While most of ‘Murcia remains distracted over the antics of the Trump administration, the business of government still needs to be done. This sort of governing can also be rather ugly–or at least odd.

Yesterday (March 7), Rep Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) spoke on a voter right issue and mentioned that just four out of 77,000 people asked about these new provisions were in favour of it. He describe that result thusly: “probably about the per cent of people who think Nickelback is their favourite band in this country. It’s pretty low.”

This prompted a response by Rep Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) who came to Nickelback’s defense. “Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the 1990s?”

Putting aside the fact that Nickelback didn’t reach their peak until 2001’s Silver Side Up album and cannot be called “one of the greatest bands of the 90s,” it was a little odd to see two politicians arguing across the aisle about a Canadian band.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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