Vampire Weekend

by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 16, 2008 at 6:27 PM
R&R Engage (3)

Vampire Weekend

Okay skeptics… here’s what I want you to do. Regardless of what mood you currently find yourself in, go home and listen to this, Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut album, and just try not to grin from ear to ear. Go on… I dare ya.

While it's nothing brand new, I simply had to make this one of my first reviews. I find it utterly impossible to listen to this album and not dance around with a big goofy smile plastered across my face. Every song has its own quirky appeal, and whenever I find myself feeling down in the dumps or on those groggy, rather-be-in-bed mornings I just put this album on, and in no time I'm wide awake and ready to face whatever comes my way.

"Oxford Comma" is undoubtedly my favorite song on the album, and to be honest, I can't tell you exactly why. Maybe it's because I'm a writer with an English degree and a grammatical arrogance that miserably follows me wherever I go. But regardless of the reasoning, I will often listen to this song three or four times in a row before I let it move to the next track. Another favorite is the irresistable "Walcott." When track 10 bursts through my speakers, I quite literally can't resist emphatically bobbing my head and tapping my feet. I adore the strings in this song, and it's just so darn catchy. These guys are young and experimental, and I have every appendage on my body crossed in hopes that they don't go away for years and years and years and...

Band members: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, Chris Baio

  1. "Mansard Roof" – 2:07
  2. "Oxford Comma" – 3:15
  3. "A-Punk" – 2:17
  4. "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" – 3:33
  5. " M79" (Vampire Weekend, Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij) – 4:14
  6. "Campus" – 2:55
  7. "Bryn" – 2:12
  8. "One (Blake's Got a New Face)" – 3:11
  9. "I Stand Corrected" – 2:38
  10. "Walcott" – 3:39
  11. "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" – 4:03

"Oxford Comma" lyrics:

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?
I've seen those English dramas too
They're cruel
So if there's any other way
To spell the word
It's fine with me, with me

Why would you speak to me that way
Especially when I always said that I
Haven't got the words for you
All your diction dripping with disdain
Through the pain
I always tell the truth

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?
I climbed to Dharamsala too
I did
I met the highest lama
His accent sounded fine
to me, to me

Check your handbook
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your boyfriend, unlike other guys

Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's to the wall
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth

Check your passport
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your butler, unlike other guys
Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's through the wall
Why would you tape my conversations?
Show your paintings
At the United Nations
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth

"Walcott" lyrics:

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, Mystic seaport is that way
Don't you know that your life would be lost out of Cape Cod tonight?

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, the bottleneck is a shit show
Hyannisport is a ghetto out of Cape Cod tonight

Lobster's claw is sharp as knives
Evil feasts on human lives
The Holy Roman Empire roots for you

Walcott, all the way to New Jersey
All the way to the Garden State, out of Cape Cod tonight

Walcott, fuck the women from Wellfleet
Fuck the bands from Provincetown
Heed my words and take flight

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?
(Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?)

And just because I know you surely can't wait to hear another little sampling, check out this video. This is probably their biggest hit off the album. The song is "A-Punk" ... and yep, that's right. I love this one, too. Enjoy!

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3 R&R Engage comments to “Vampire Weekend”

  1. MusicGuru Says:
    I tried to prove you wrong and I couldnt. All I can say is HAPPY
  2. Kelly Says:
    Walcott is definitely my favorite from this album. I often listen to it on repeat when I'm leaving town :)
  3. Matthew C. Miller Says:
    Take one part afro-pop, one part chamber pop, sprinkle in some alt-rock, and dial in a bit (too much?) of "I'm sophisticated too" lyrics and you've got some really great stuff. Infectious melodies and sublime imagery on the back of mother indie at it's best. The playful hearkening to early Billy J. and Neil D. make me want to dust off my old 33.3's. I wish we had more of this. Although their cheap use of the lower language keeps my subscription to the obvious "hits" elsewhere on this disc to a minimum, this is one that I actually had on deck for my next week's slate of (re)views. I'm of the belief that the "genteel guidelines" of the Hays Code produced the Golden Age (of Hollywood). Out of the constraint came creativity. His Girl Friday comes to mind... A voluntary visit back to that might just prove some good in our industry. Here's hoping they sign on with Hays for a spell on the next round of weekend-romp due out early 2009. They're heading into the studio after their current tour ends in November.

    If you haven't rolled-reel on a video of theirs, do so now with A-Punk. I always thought it strange that you could watch a video maybe a few times, but listen to a song relentlessly. Vampire Weekend's ingeniously re-watchable skits are a rarity in today's music videos.

    I'm down with "M79". I love Batmanglij's use of the harpsichord on the lead in. The harpsichord just does not get it's fair share of play these days. I wish they'd had enough studio time to use it throughout the song. Makes me want to throw in some Bach or Scarlatti.

    The side-show-esqe pop-slam on the verses of "Campus" bring to mind double-speed segways on the Partridge Family Show where they're loading gear in and out of the bus going from one show to another.

    If even for the music alone, I don't see (or hear) how someone could not love this album. (Or at least like it to the really-really degree.)

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