Vampire Weekend’s Pink Fantasia

Tremendous footage of a Vampire Weekend acoustic party-type performance in France from early last year. They even busted out some passable Français, ably assisted by a pedagogically inclined crowd. Fine work, gents!

Vampire weekend is sans doubt my favorite band currently active, and the first band I’ve truly loved whose members are younger than I am. Bit of an odd sensation, that, feels like growing older, but not necessarily in a bad way. They’ve caught a tech of flak for supposedly “appropriating” the music of other countries and regions, an assertion countered not only in their own statements and interviews but by other critics as well. Certainly it is a laughable accusation, one ignorant not only of the cross-pollination that is the genesis of all great music, but arrogant and imperialistic, implying that somehow afropop, reggaeton, etc. require the protection of a phalanx of hyper-sensitive self-appointed shock troops. They can take care of themselves quite well without you.

Plus they’re pretty natty dressers, all dolled up prep-wise in collars and sweaters. Boys after my own heart…Ezra, if those pinkies are corduroy then you’ve tied me. If not, point to this side. Pop music is, of course, just as much about image as music, and to see a rock band proudly sporting what Kanye…

…and Andre 3000….

…have worn so well affirms what I’ve come to realize, that pink is a boy’s best friend. The fact is, preppy style no longer belongs to any one group of people, it is simply one element to choose from in crafting an image through consumption. Bricolage is the way many of us do things (and every one of us who would read a blog like this), be it in music or in fashion, and to think that the boys in VW are simply prepsters fresh off the Vineyard is naïve in the extreme. Preppy style may have “started” somewhere, but it has moved through both time and space to become something new, referents shifting constantly. When VW wear pink they are not only part of an Ivy League tradition, they are part of hip hop, Japanese, and Korean fashion culture, among others I’m sure.


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