Nickelback namecheck Motörhead, Guns N' Roses and Prince's Purple Rain on new song Those Days

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Nickelback are smart; not only do they know how to write earworms, they also know their audience very well; and the nostalgia of new song Those Days will prove it.

Prince's Purple Rain, boomboxes, the height of Guns N' Roses mania and shoplifting Motörhead t-shirts from shopping malls…  ok, the last one is questionable but listeners of a certain age will know Chad Kroeger is reaching out to the teens of the '80s and early '90s with this song. Of course we wouldn't know anything about that as we're young too young [ahem] but dare you resist?

And look at the Star Wars / Space Invaders crawl on the middle eight lyrics! 

Nickelback's 10th album Get Rollin' is released on 18 November. 

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.