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New York, United States (1992 – present)

Nada Surf is an American group that was formed in 1992. The New York band consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Ira Elliot (drums, vocals) and Daniel Lorca (bass, vocals). Their debut album, titled ‘High/Low, came out on June 18, 1996 and featured production work from Ric Ocasek of The Cars

The band is best known for the song “Popular”, released as a single from their aformentioned debut. The song reached #11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and propelled the album itself to #63 on the Billboard 200. Each of the verses in “Popular” are extracted from the 1964 guide ‘Penny’s Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity’, a work by former teen television actress Gloria Winters, and the lyrics are sarcastically spoken, with a calm, deadpan voice used initially that gradually builds Kinison-style in teen angst and rage.

The groups follow-up effort, an album titled ‘The Proximity Effect’, failed to garner as much attention due to music industry shenanigans. The band explains on their official website:

Nada Surf recorded The Proximity Effect in 1998 with Fred Maher (Luna, Lou Reed, Matthew Sweet). It was a mighty fine record. Elektra Atlantic], claiming they “didn’t hear a single,” asked the band to go back in the studio to hunt for one. As this was months after they’d handed the record in, the band refused and were dropped. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that Elektra didn’t appear to be “listening” very hard.


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  • TheGreenHanuman

    Perdi da primeira, bem que podiam voltar ao Brasil.

    22 Jul 3:50am Reply
  • pritikina

    Blankest Year always lifts my spirits!

    28 May 3:06pm Reply
  • DreadfulHero

    Finally getting into The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. I didn't give it a fair shake three years ago, but I guess late is better than never. Plus getting into it now makes waiting for the follow-up a little more bearable now.

    8 May 4:18am Reply
  • shesnaked


    10 Apr 11:41pm Reply
  • wheresyourblues


    13 Mar 11:00am Reply
  • Chocklad9

    i'm in love

    13 Mar 1:54am Reply
  • uncleogrimacey

    It does my heart good "Popular" is back on top.

    7 Mar 4:41am Reply
  • payton_sawyer

    here because of one tree hill [2] obviously :D

    12 Feb 1:22pm Reply
  • Jamimmy

    here because of one tree hill

    5 Feb 2:35pm Reply
  • median31

    coolest guys from nyc. ever.

    4 Jan 10:00am Reply
  • FiresideDance


    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sabrinabrombim

    Meus lindos <3

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jespreblob

    "So, I really like this band, but, when is Lorca gonna to ditch those awful dreads? It was cool 20 years ago... but not now..." but now they are still cool... he pulls it off well...

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dantop

    Cine Joia, 2012, momento em que eu ZEREI A VIDA.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mrpaul01

    So, I really like this band, but, when is Lorca gonna to ditch those awful dreads? It was cool 20 years ago... but not now...

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • liambrother

    Go for Let Go, timmyc.

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • timmyc1983

    Where to start?? All I know is Popular, which album should I begin with?

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ianspindola

    Eu amo essa banda!!!

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    facebook update: "five days writing and practicing. feels so good to get going again! starting recording today in hoboken, will put up photos later. just a three-day session now, more soon. will it be a single, an ep, 1/2 an album, who knows? we'll keep you posted! love from the band."

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ReginaldoMaciel


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