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Nada Surf - "Popular"


Nada Surf Popular

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

Band:
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Vocals:
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Author Notes

"My mom says I'm a catch. I'm popular."
 
Oh this song. I did NOT like this song as I was bitter that every time I'd mention Nada Surf to people, THIS is the song they'd bring up. So I instantly rejected it without even hearing it (I heard much later sounds of Nada Surf before Popular). But having recently discovered this song, wow, it's comedic genius in a song.
 
Basically, the verses of this song are all in spoken-word form, and come from a 1964 book on etiquette titled, Penny's Guide To Teen-Age Charm And Popularity. A book that the lead singer bought at the Salvation Army. The ridiculousness of the words mixed with the sarcasm of the chorus lyrics make this song absolutely brilliant.
 
But there is a level of cleverness you will absolutely miss if you don't study the words at the beginning. At first, it seems like a chaotic mess with two girls talking over each other (which, by the way, forced me to put one on the lead singer track so you could sing this without all the words over each other), but you'll learn that the girl on the left side sound is actually contradicting the girl on the right. So while the girl on the right talks in a more naive voice, the girl on the left is letting her know she's being ridiculous. It was such a fun discovery.
 
The song is a good addition to Rock Band. Took me quite a few tries to get this one right as it was challenging to get all the lyrics to show up as fast as they go. But what I'm really happy with is the lip sync and the venue. Both came out way above my expectations. Definitely deserved this level of attention and hope you enjoy the effort.
 
Go get it! And maybe you'll learn how to be popular soon. ;-)



7 Comments

Thanks Rob! That's one hell of a song. Love your indie choices - just played "Get Out" by Frightened Rabbit again last night and it was great.

this wasn't already in rock band? how strange. thank you

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Zombie Capone
September 16, 2020

Nope ... Yeah oddly. On my Wish-list since the very first RB. 

A true 90's Hit, thx you. 

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SpeedPants
September 16, 2020

thank you! been wanting this for years

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brunogoats
September 16, 2020

Thank You So Much!

nostalgic radio material

absolutely love this song

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GossamerSolid
September 16, 2020

Fuck Yes!