The Proximity Effect (Nada Surf album)

The Proximity Effect is the second album by alternative rock band, Nada Surf. It was released by Elektra Records in Europe on September 22, 1998 and by MarDev Records in North America in August 2000.

The Proximity Effect
Nada Surf-The Proximity Effect.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1998 (Europe)
August, 2000 (North America)
GenreIndie rock
ProducerFred Maher
Nada Surf chronology
The Proximity Effect
Let Go
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
NME7/10 link
Pitchfork Media5.1/10 link



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

All tracks are written by Nada Surf, except where noted.

2000 MarDev version
3."80 Windows"4:25
4."Mother's Day"3:47
7."Bad Best Friend"4:10
9."The Voices"3:28
11."Slow Down"4:12
14."Silent Fighting"3:50
1998 Elektra version
1."Hyperspace"  4:36
2."Amateur"  4:01
3."Why Are You So Mean To Me?" (Vitreous Humor cover)Danny PoundVitreous Humor4:01
4."Mother's Day"  3:47
5."Troublemaker"  4:21
6."80 Windows"  4:25
7."Bacardi"  4:01
8."Bad Best Friend"  4:10
9."Dispossession"  2:53
10."The Voices"  3:28
11."Firecracker"  4:49
12."Slow Down"  4:12
13."Robot"  4:29


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