Video Hangover: Nada Surf – “Popular”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Popular”
Nada Surf, 1996

Nada Surf explores the fine line between nostalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder.


This is the worst episode of Friday Night Lights ever
Best moment here comes at 2:30, when the cheerleader chick reaches her “one-month limit” with number 73 and decides, mid-makeout session, to pick her next beau. The choice isn’t obvious: Do you take the husky kid with the mustache, or the kid with the Tim Riggins hair? Being popular, she of course goes for the pretty boy, who gets to spend the final minute licking the side of her head.

“It’s like meeting the girl of your dreams, and finding out that she’s five.”
Let’s all take a moment to recognize director Jesse Peretz, one of the unsung heroes of 1990s alterna-indie-rock. He started out as bass player for the Lemonheads, and went on to direct some of the most memorable videos of the ’90s, including the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” and “Big Me,” and the epic “Jimmy the Cabdriver” spots for MTV, which gave us all an excuse not to change the channel during Beavis and Butt-Head commercial breaks. Of course, he also directed Jimmy Fallon’s “Idiot Brother Boyfriend,” but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Thanks for nothing, Nada Surf
Apparently Nada Surf caught a lot of crap about the homosexual overtones of the final scene in the locker room. Sure, the young, naked men seem quite pleased to be in each other’s company — but can you blame them? The girls at this school are freaking psychos.

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