Vampire Weekend

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Stephen reads Vampire Weekend "The Elements of Style" to prove the necessity of the Oxford comma. (4:27)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE A

HYPER-LITERATE INDY ROCK BACK

KNOWN FOR ITS AFRO-POP

SENSIBILITY.

I'LL ASK THEM TO EXPLAIN WHAT I

JUST SAID.

PLEASE WELCOME VAMPIRE WEEKEND.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELCOME.

CHRISTOPHER AND CHRIS.

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: THANKS FOR COMING

ON.

IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO MEMORIZE

THAT.

THANKS FOR COMING ON, YOU GUYS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> STEPHEN: YOU GUYS ARE LIKE IT

ON A STICK.

YOU'RE THE LATEST, GREATEST.

THANK YOU FOR DRESSING UP.

>> IN PROBLEM.

>> STEPHEN: I REALLY APPRECIATE

IT.

NOW, YOUR NEW ALBUM IS CALLED

"CONTRA."

IT CAME OUT IN JAB.

"CONTRA."

CONTRA MEANS AGAINST.

WHAT ARE YOU AGAINST?

>> WELL, WE'D SAY

CLOSED-MINDEDNESS.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> STEPHEN: I REJECT THAT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> BUT DON'T YOU LOVE FREEDOM,

STEPHEN?

>> STEPHEN: OF COURSE I LOVE

FREEDOM, AS I SEE FIT.

>> FAIR ENOUGH, FAIR ENOUGH.

>> STEPHEN: IF I CAN FIT FREEDOM

INTO MY SCHEDULE.

NOW, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN... YOUR

STYLE HAS BEEN CALLED '80s.

LANDS END CATALOG.

>> SOMETIME, YEAH.

>> STEPHEN: DOES "CONTRA" REFER

TO THE SANDINISTAS, THE CONTRAS

IN THE 1980s?

OR IS THAT TOO HIGH BROW FOR YOU

GUYS?

>> NO, I MEAN, WHEN YOU USE THE

ALBUM "CONTRA," YOU HAVE TO BE

AWARE A LOT OF PEOPLE,

ESPECIALLY SOMEWHAT OLDER

PEOPLE... PEOPLE WAY OLDER THAN

ME.

>> OLDER THAN YOU, BUT THERE'S

IN WAY THAT OBVIOUSLY EVEN

THOUGH I THINK WE THOUGHT ABOUT

THAT, THERE'S IN WAY WE'RE

TRYING TO ALIGN OURSELVES WITH

THE THE SEEK RATTED REAGAN WAR.

>> STEPHEN: WHY NOT?

I WOULD ALIGN MYSELF WITH REAGAN

ANY POSSIBLE WAY I COULD.

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: YOU WERE VAMPIRE

WEEKEND BEFORE THE VAMPIRE

CRAZE.

>> WAY BEFORE.

>> STEPHEN: ARE YOU PISSED OFF?

>> WELL.

>> STEPHEN: THEY THINK YOU'RE

BEING OPPORTUNISTIC, THAT YOU'RE

JUST JUMPING ON THE VAMPIRE

THING.

>> WELL, WE'VE NEVER USED

VAMPIRE IMAGERY IN EVERYTHING

WE'VE DONE.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

YOU COULD ALL BE VAMPIRES.

YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE ROBERT

PATTINSON.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE THE SAME

HYGIENE AS ROBERT PATTINSON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HALFWAY

THERE, GUYS.

THAT'S HALFWAY THERE.

CAN I TAKE YOU TO TASK FOR

SOMETHING FOR A SECOND?

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: IN ONE OF YOUR

SONGS, YOU HAVE THE LYRICS, "WHO

GIVES A [BLEEPED] ABOUT AN

OXFORD COMMA."

I'M GOING TO TELL YOU, I DO.

SHALL WE EXPLAIN WHAT OXFORD

COMMA IS TO PEOPLE.

>> IT'S TOUGH TO EXPLAIN.

AN OXFORD COMMA WOULD BE A COMMA

THAT YOU PUT BEFORE THE AND OR

THE OR ON THE END OF A LIST.

RED COMMA WHITE COMMA AND BLUE.

>> DO YOU NEED THE COMMA.

>> STEPHEN: YES, YOU DO.

>> WHY

>> STEPHEN: BECAUSE OTHERWISE

IT'S RED, WHITE AND BLUE.

IT'S RED, WHY, AND BLUE.

>> THERE ARE SITUATIONS...

>> STEPHEN: ALL OF THEM EXCEPT

FOR A LAW FIRM.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF STRUNK AND

WHITE, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE.

I REFER YOU TO PAGE [BLEEPED]

TWO.

IN A SERIES OF THREE OR MORE

TERMS, USE A COMMA AFTER EACH

TERM.

>> YEAH, BUT I MEAN...

>> STEPHEN: MR. WHITE, YOU'VE

HEARD OF HIM.

>> I RESPECT STRUNK AND WHITE,

BUT IT'S JUST PROTOCOL.

>> STEPHEN: IT'S LANGUAGE.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST TAKE ALL

PUNCTUATION OUT.

WE'LL BE LIKE THE ROMANS.

>> SOMETIMES WE DO.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

>> WE'RE A BAND.

>> STEPHEN: I WEEP FOR OUR

NATION, BUT I DO ENERGIZE YOUR

MUSIC.

WILL YOU STICK AROUND AND DO ONE

OF YOUR SONGS THAT IS PROPERLY

PUNCTUATED?

>> WE'LL SEE.