"Oxford Comma" is the third single by Vampire Weekend, released on 26 May 2008, from their eponymous debut album, Vampire Weekend. The track peaked at #38 on the UK Singles Chart and is their highest charting single.
Song title and meaning
On 28 January
, Michael Hogan of Vanity Fair
interviewed Ezra Koenig, regarding the title of the song and its relevance to the song's meaning. Koenig said that he first encountered the Oxford comma
when a group of Columbia University
students had created a group titled "Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma", which prompted the idea of the song several months later whilst sitting at a piano in his parent's house. He began "writing the song and the first thing that came out was 'Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?'". He stated that the song "is more about not giving a fuck than about Oxford commas."
The video, directed by comedian Richard Ayoade
, premiered on June 20
on FNMTV. The concept behind the video was for it to be filmed in one long shot, with unified visual and musical aspects. The band drew inspiration from the member's favourite films, which led to the inclusion of farmers, revolutionaries, cowboys, Native Americans, and children. Ezra Koenig said, "It's nice that now we're at a point where we have more resources and we can talk to the director.
writer Mark Richardson said "Oxford Comma" was "damn catchy" whilst Andrew Grillo of Click Music described it as having a "woozy organ and a half arsed guitar solo that masterfully straddles the line between inept and charmingly unstudied". He elaborated that the afro beat influence was less evident and finished his review by saying that the song was an "extremely enjoyable ditty that goes some way to justifying the attention they've received over the past year.
- "Oxford Comma"
- "Walcott" (Insane Mix)