Static Prevails is the second studio album by American rock band Jimmy Eat World, released on July 23, 1996 on Capitol Records. Produced by Wes Kidd, Mark Trombino and the band itself, the album is the first to feature bass guitarist Rick Burch and the first to have been produced by Trombino. The album marks the band's major label debut.
It released on July 23, 1996 by Capitol. Along with Clarity (1999), the album was re-released on May 15, 2007. The reissue included "77 Satellites" and "What Would I Say to You Now" as bonus tracks.
Allmusic stated, "what Static Prevails essentially lacks is the songwriting maturity that Jimmy Eat World could have perfected; but it's almost as if the studio heads at Capitol wouldn't let them so that there would be more room for radio-friendly pop songs. In the end, nobody won."
In 2012, The A.V. Club noted, "As with so many punk bands that signed to a major during that decade, Jimmy Eat World gained precious few new fans — and lost many old ones — with Static Prevails."
"Seventeen" appears in the film Never Been Kissed as an early, alternate or demo version. While not featured on the soundtrack CD it is featured in the film. The chorus is changed from "They'll take you, where you won't come back to me" to "You're only, you're only seventeen".