But letï¿½s be clear here. Grammar-dropping doesnï¿½t make a band any smarter than name-dropping makes a hipster cooler. In ï¿½Oxford Comma,ï¿½ from its full-length self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend uses a highfalutin term as a title for a vapid little diddy about a girl who puts on ChapStick and tells lies about silly things.
Both ï¿½Oxfordï¿½ and the song ï¿½Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassaï¿½ have been bounced around blogs and media outlets, garnering the band an undeserved amount of attention. Whereas the lyrics of ï¿½Oxfordï¿½ are unimaginative, itï¿½s the actual music of ï¿½Cape Codï¿½ that makes the songs almost unlistenable. A simple little guitar riff is repeated over and over and over again before finally taking a little break for a few bars so that the hand drums get their moment of glory. Then the riff is back, unchanged. The complete lack of complexity might make the song a good starting off point for a band with more imagination. Instead, what should be 30 seconds of a jam session are stretched out into two, three and sometimes four minutes of trite indie pop.