First Hit #1: December 22, 2001
It’s sometimes difficult to look back on a track without thinking of the intervening years. How You Remind Me, for instance, is a song that’s kind of colored by the fact that Nickelback basically kept recording it with different lyrics, a trend most succinctly captured by the infamous How You Remind Me of Someday mix. Can I even remember 2001, when the song was first released and the later variations weren’t? Not really, but in all honestly How You Remind Me isn’t bad by any means, though it’s decidedly nothing special. It’s just a bit of post-grunge in the vein of Creed, a few inches further in the rock direction than Creed’s trip to the top of the charts. The lyrics aren’t any great shakes, but it’s got crunchy electronic guitars and Chad Kroger’s voice is actually not a bad example of the whole genre. It’s not going to change your mind if you don’t like the group or the sound, Nickelback is less concerned with the cutting edge than it is with sticking with a solid, middle of the road rock sound. That eventually could – and did – make a lot of people sick of the band, but it’s hardly the worst band in the world.
Well not yet, anyway. They did eventually record Photograph after all.