Hesher (EP)

Hesher is an EP and the first release by Canadian rock band Nickelback.

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EP by
ReleasedMarch 1996
RecordedJanuary 1996; Vancouver, British Columbia
Nickelback chronology

All songs were written and performed by Nickelback, the first songs lead singer Chad Kroeger wrote for the band.[1] It was recorded in Vancouver[1] and released in March/April 1996. Supposedly, the name came from a friend of the band who would frequently say "Hey sure".[2] After selling more than 1,000 copies, the band stopped production of the album, and it is now a sought-after collector's item.[1] Chad Kroeger has often expressed his dislike of the album. He stated "We had no expectations and no experience and no idea what to do with these songs," and "I'm trying to bury that album as fast as I can".[1] And in a recent interview he referred to the album as being "terrible", although he said that "one song on there was pretty good"; in reference to "Fly".[3]

Vancouver radio station CFOX-FM drew professional interest to this EP when it played "Fly" once a day.[1]

Hesher was the first of only two albums to feature Chad and Mike Kroeger's cousin Brandon Kroeger as a drummer.

Four of the songs were re-released on their next album, Curb (1996). "Where?" and "Left" were re-recorded, while the original versions of "Window Shopper" and "Fly" were also included, but have a mixing difference.


Chad Kroeger asked his step-father to give him $4,000 so that the band could record the EP.[4][5] The band spent half the money to record the EP, and spent the other half on magic mushrooms.[6]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Chad Kroeger; all music is composed by Nickelback.

2."Window Shopper"3:45
6."In Front of Me"5:36
Total length:29:35




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  2. ^ "Nickelback biography". MusicMight. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  3. ^ "Nickelback Interview (Behind the Scenes)". YouTube. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  4. ^ "Nickelback – Biography on Bio". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "CANOE – JAM! Music – Artists – Nickelback: First Nickelback CD soars in value". Jam.canoe.ca. October 2, 2001. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "Nickelback Play 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?'". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26.