Nada Surf

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie seen live indie rock alternative rock alternative rock indie pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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After making their initial impact in 1996 with the single, ‘Popular’, this Los Angeles, California, USA-based alternative rock band then struggled to shake off accusations that they were a ‘novelty band’. The single - a teenage guide to winning popularity - was actually only partially representative of the band’s songwriting, and was seen by some as an answer record to Radiohead’s ‘Creep’. Its lyrics - ‘I’m a quarterback/I’m popular/I’ve got my own car/I’m a football star’ - were written by singer/guitarist Matthew Caws in tribute to his own high school alienation. Prior to forming Nada Surf with Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums), he had been a member of a number of unsuccessful independent groups. He had also worked as a journalist, taking a post as associate editor on the musicians’ magazine Guitar World. ‘Popular’ was followed by the release of an EP, Karmic, for No. 6...

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