Just got done telling one of my best friends in the business that the reason a candidate wanted to work for her was that she was like Nickelback. Not Nickelback that currently exists - which is to say the "sellout" Nickelback - but the Nickelback that was cool before they become a Top 40 ballad machine.
Which is to say "Silver Side Up" Nickelback. He's drawn to you because you're that type of brand. Before the sellout.
I think we ought to compare talent more to bands, to members of bands and to different phases of a band's evolution.
The only compliment in this regard to Nickelback is "early" Nickelback. Of course, the Beastie Boys actually got stronger in later CD's. The biggest compliment I could give you as an employee related to creativity? You're like the Beasties in the "Paul's Boutique" days.
But back to Nickelback. You're money in your job. You're kicking #@@ in stadium concerts with an all-rock playlist before you sold out to top 40. Your nickname to me is officially "Silver Side Up". I even call you that in the hallways.
The bard quoteth:
"He's drunk again, it's time to fight
Same old sh#t, just on a different night
She grabs the gun, she's had enough
Tonight she'll find out how ----king
Tough is this man
Pulls the trigger as fast as she can
Easy there my talented friend.... Make sure you save something for next quarter. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Name talent after bands. That is all.