Speaking of Vampire Weekend (and its still hot lead singer), my other favorite song off their debut album is "Oxford Comma," which boasts a super-cool music video that gives Brian De Palma's long-ass takes a run for their money. (And it's possibly NSFW only because of a few instances of the word "fuck," as in, "Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?") Watch:



The 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

By the way, I give a fuck about Oxford commas. Perhaps you've noticed, noticed, and noticed?
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6 Comments

  1. Howard Ho Said,

    These two Vampire Weekend posts are so 2008.

     

  2. Kind of like "so and so is so 2008" comments?

    Ha!

     

  3. We're blogging twins, Prince: I've been rather obsessed with this group this summer, as well.

    (Well, them and LCD Soundsystem. More on them, later -- on MY blog!)

    But -- I can vouch, having been to a real prep school in New England, that I really don't give a rat fuck about an Oxford comma.

    Just tell the story and if it's good enough, there are lots of people who can remind you to put the comma in later on.

    -- XO

    Louise

     

  4. Oxford commas are the difference between sexy, very sexy, and not at all sexy. Some people cannot love smokers; I cannot love a man who does not understand the beauty of the serial comma.

     

  5. Howard Ho Said,

    Since we're on 2008 (maybe you still haven't gotten over the release of the last High School Musical movie???), I vote on M79 just because they got a great string arrangement in there.

     

  6. Cheryl Said,

    I read a New Yorker profile of them and came away all, "Grr, they're so preppy." (Like reading a New Yorker profile of a band isn't.) But so irresistibly catchy.

     



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