Australian police warn of ‘musical crimes’ ahead of Nickelback gig in Brisbane

Queensland Police Service release poster via Twitter urging for caution

Australian police warned Brisbane residents to expect “musical crimes” ahead of a Nickelback show in Boondall last night (May 19).

Queensland Police Service Tweeted a ‘Wanted’ poster marked with the QPS insignia and drawings of the bandmembers, warning residents to BOLO (Be On the Lookout).

Urgent police warning: Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight.


— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) May 20, 2015

Nickelback have yet to respond the the police’s joke.

Meanwhile, a recent study judged Nickelback lyrics to be more intelligent than those of Foo Fighters and Linkin Park.

The study, conducted by Andrew Powell-Morse of Seatsmart, analysed lyrics in 225 songs that had spent at least three weeks at Number One in Billboard’s pop, rock, country and hip-hop charts. His findings suggest that pop songs have the average reading level of an eight-year-old.

Elsewhere, the country charts apparently have the “smartest” lyrics, while R&B and hip-hop came below rock and pop.

Explaining his method, Powell-Morse conceded that “this data doesn’t touch on the meaning of a song, the metaphors, how the words connect with the artist’s personal story, etc. to create deeper meaning”.


He added that country was the only genre without words like “oh” and “yeah” dragging down the average, which takes into account factors such as the number of syllables, helping Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Dani California’ top the rock listings. Three Days Grace’s 2010 hit ‘The Good Life’ had the lowest reading age, comprehensible to the average 3 1/2–year-old.

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