It’s the rare album that Rich and I (1) both love, (2) fight over which of our vehicles the CD gets to “live” in, and (3) both love to play over and over and over. Vampire Weekend‘s eponymous debut is that agreed-upon album for us these days. We’ve had it for several months now, and rather than getting tired of it, our love for it grows each day, the way our love increased tenfold for Troubadour once he outgrew peeing all over the house. It’s unconditional. The whole album is just fun, with clever, witty lyrics, catchy melodies, and amazing, beautiful musical compositions. And did I mention how much more fun my workout playlist has become since adding some of their songs to it? Behold the beauty of “A-Punk,” arguably one of the catchiest of all the catchy songs on the album. If this song and video don’t make you at least crack a smile, do me a favor and hurry to the doctor. Because I’m pretty sure that means something’s wrong and I’m worried about you.
Johanna drove slowly into the city / The Hudson River all filled with snow / She spied the ring on His Honor’s finger / Oh-oh-oh
A thousand years in one piece of silver / She took it from his lilywhite hand / Showed no fear – she’d seen the thing / In the Young Men’s Wing at Sloan-Kettering
Look outside at the raincoats coming, say OH
His Honor drove southward seeking exotica / Down to the Pueblo huts of New Mexico / Cut his teeth on turquoise harmonicas / Oh-oh-oh
I saw Johanna down in the subway / She took an apartment in Washington Heights / Half of the ring lies here with me / But the other half’s at the bottom of the sea