Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Millennial D-Rock

Want to know the difference between people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they were actually there versus people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they read it on Wikipedia somewhere?  See if they ever bash anything besides Nickelback.  😀

Nickelback gets a lot of flak for soundalike hit songs – even these days.  However, there was a band at one point that was Nickelback before Nickelback was Nickelback.  Enter… Creed.  😛

Riding high off of the post-grunge “I’m mad at the world” rock wave after rock and roll started moping and whining just a little less in the mid to late 1990s, Creed showed up in the late 90s with some decent songs that picked up where Pearl Jam left off, to the extent that MTV’s old Celebrity Deathmatch show made fun of them for it.  Check out that angst.  😀

…but the song I heard the most on the rock stations from them in those days was a sign of things to come…

Pay very close attention to the general feel of what that song sounds like.  You’ll then be ahead of the game compared to where we as rock music fans were back in the very end of the last millennium.  Oh if only we knew…  🙂

Enter Creed’s follow-up effort, Human Clay, released in 1999.  With Arms Wide Open stole the show on the rock charts including the Billboard Hot 100, but not far behind was this gem.  Higher, the song that formalized those “alterna-rock” or “modern rock” songs around the start of this millennium that either were something in D, or sounded like some kind of hit song in D, totally a musical version of riding coattails.  By the way, with all the “alterna-rock” lingo at the time, was this stuff really still “alternative?”  😀

Truly, when Nickelback got roasted for songs sounding anywhere close to How You Remind Me, their dynasty of similar songs was far from anything new and exciting.

The fun didn’t end there either.  Check out some of these other tracks from Human Clay.  Notice any similarities?  😀

Those aren’t in order, but that’s the first 4 songs.  Skipping around a bit more.  Don’t forget, still on Human Clay circa 1999.  😀  Hey, at least they changed the drumbeat a bit from song to song… a bit…  😀

…well, sometimes the key changed, but remember, this would have been sold as a CD in the pre-MP3 days for $18.98 a pop at most music stores.  The CD Generation would have approached this soundalike stuff with a very different response from today’s iTunes generation that can stop buying songs on the rest of an album if the first few sound too similar.  😀

Well at least the album ended with… nah.  More soundalike Creed songs even if the key changes…  😛

Maybe With Arms Wide Open did so well because it sounded a bit different…  Nah, still sounds like a Creed song.  😛

At the very least, the end of the last millennium must have been the most boring time in the world to be a drummer in a rock band.  Remember folks, in just a single album Creed did what Nickelback gets roasted for, except Nickelback did this over the span of several albums with “soundalike songs.”

So, did Creed learn their lesson after Y2K went bust and the world didn’t end on January 1st, 2000?  Nope.  😀  Here’s another radio hit from their next album that I very vividly remember…  😀



Remember that Millennial D-Rock drumbeat that persisted even if the D-chord didn’t?  Well heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere it is again!!!  😀

…and again, same album.  😀

Okay.  Mercy rule.  😛  I’m cutting this one short.  I seem to remember this album being just a hair more creative than Human Clay but as I cycle through the songs (yes I still bought their CDs back then) it’s the same thing, particularly on the choruses.  You pretty much know a Creed song once you’ve listened to about 8 of them and notice this pattern.  Nickelback is looking really good right about now…  😀

…but it didn’t stop there.  Ultimately Scott Stapp and the fellas had a bit of band drama and Stapp left the band, but hey, from the ashes of the Creed dynasty rose Alter Bridge, a.k.a. Creed But Not Really Creed.  Tell me if this sounds familiar…  😀

2004 – well into the new decade – well into The New Millennium – post 9/11 – none of that mattered.  Millennial D-Rock was still showing up on rock stations.  I didn’t mind it at this point though.  Perhaps I was playing lesser of two evils because we had teenyboppers/boy bands, pop punk, pop hop (yes even hip hop got watered down).  I was listening to a lot of Power Metal and Prog Metal as a wild and crazy Saturday Night College Radio Metal DJ, so I was tuning out what was on the rock stations at the time anyways.  If I wanted to hear talent, I knew where to look.  🙂

I stopped following the Millennial D-Rock scene at that point, so I can’t really chime in on Alter Bridge’s later work and Creed doing more work afterwards in 2009, but the damage was done, plus by the mid-2000s everyone was making fun of Nickelback instead.  😀

Strangely enough, my final update on this Millennial D-Rock thing came in my early YouTube days when I was watching a lot of Will It Blend over on Blendtec’s channel and in 2006 a Rhode Island radio station that I was a bit familiar with here in Southern New England decided to say goodbye to Creed in a rather YouTube manner…  😀

There.  That’s enough Millennial D-Rock for now.  Time to go listen to some Nickelback.  I suddenly feel much better about their soundalike songs spread out over several years as opposed to several songs on the same album.  😀


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