The Proximity Effect (Nada Surf album)

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The Proximity Effect
Nada Surf-The Proximity Effect.jpg
Studio album by Nada Surf
Released September 22, 1998 (Europe)
August 2000 (USA)
Recorded 1998
Genre Indie rock
Length 53:02
Label MarDev
Producer Fred Maher
Nada Surf chronology
The Proximity Effect
Let Go
(2002)Let Go2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
NME 7/10 link
Pitchfork Media 5.1/10 link
PopMatters link

The Proximity Effect is the second album by alternative rock band, Nada Surf. It was released on MarDev in 1998.


Frontman Matthew Caws attributed the quality of the album production to the band having been dropped by their label, Elektra Records. Finding no radio-friendly single on this album, Elektra asked the band to write a hit, and had them record covers of other artists, trying to push Why Are You So Mean To Me? as the first single. The band refused and, after its release in Europe in September 1998, the band did a 30-show tour in France in early 1999, and Elektra later dropped the band, not releasing it in America (while a few promotional copies had already been pressed). The band eventually released the album in the United States under their own homegrown label, MarDev Records (named after Caws' grandmother), in August 2000.


The album was met with moderate commercial success and favorable reviews.


The song, "Hyperspace", was featured in the film, My Bloody Valentine 3-D.

The album's re-issue has the last 2 tracks take the place of both covers found on the original release.

Track listing (2000 re-issue)[edit]

  1. "Hyperspace"
  2. "Amateur"
  3. "80 Windows"
  4. "Mother's Day"
  5. "Troublemaker"
  6. "Bacardi"
  7. "Bad Best Friend"
  8. "Dispossession"
  9. "The Voices"
  10. "Firecracker"
  11. "Slow Down"
  12. "Robot"
  13. "Silent Fighting" (Bonus Track)
  14. "Spooky" (Bonus Track)

Track listing (1998 original release, Europe)[edit]

  1. "Hyperspace"
  2. "Amateur"
  3. "Why Are You So Mean to Me?" (Vitreous Humor cover)
  4. "Mother's Day"
  5. "Troublemaker"
  6. "80 Windows"
  7. "Bacardi"
  8. "Bad Best Friend"
  9. "Dispossession"
  10. "The Voices"
  11. "Firecracker"
  12. "Slow Down"
  13. "Robot"
  14. "Black and White" (dBs cover on a promotional bonus disc)
  15. "Spooky" (promotional bonus disc)