Great Quotations: Vampire Weekend

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“A lot of people accuse us of having lyrics that make no sense or have crazy words just for the sake of it. But to me, that’s one of the truest statements that we’ve ever put to record. I feel like that wearing a ski mask — and really, you look like a psycho — is scary. Ski masks are associated with armed robbery and terrorism. Despite the fact that it’s f—ing freezing in New York right now, there’s still something that prevents the vast majority from wearing ski masks or balaclavas.”

– Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, addressing the Contra song “Horchata,” which features the lyric “I look psychotic in a balaclava.”


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