Diane Young

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"Diane Young"
Vampire Weekend Diane Young.jpg
Single by Vampire Weekend
from the album Modern Vampires of the City
B-side "Step"
Released April 20, 2013 (2013-04-20)
Format Digital download, 7-inch single
Genre Indie rock, Afrobeat, world music
Length 2:40
Label XL Recordings
Songwriter(s) Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij
Producer(s) Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid
Vampire Weekend singles chronology
"White Sky"
"Diane Young"
"Ya Hey"

"White Sky"
"Diane Young"
"Ya Hey"

"Diane Young" is a song by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, taken from their third studio album Modern Vampires of the City. It was released as the lead single from the album on April 20, 2013 through XL Recordings.[1] A promotional video of the single, which features two Saab 900s burning throughout the duration of the song, was uploaded to Vevo and YouTube on March 18, 2013.[2] The official video to the single was uploaded on June 3, 2013.[3]


The band has since stated that the song title and concept is a play on the phrase "Dying young".[4][5][6]

Commercial performance[edit]

To date, the single has peaked at #11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[7] It has also reached #17 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart and #50 on UK Singles Chart.


  • Ezra Koenig - lead vocals
  • Rostam Batmanglij - piano, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Chris Tomson - drums
  • Chris Baio - bass
  • Jeff Curtin - additional drums
  • Adam Schatz - saxophone

Music videos[edit]

The promotional video for "Diane Young", dubbed the "official stream", was released on March 18, 2013. Throughout the duration of the video, two 900-series Saabs are shown burning in slow motion. The opening lyric for the song, "You torched a Saab like a pile of leaves", served as the inspiration for the video.[8] According to an interview with Vancouver's The Peak radio station, the video for Diane Young was made with only five seconds of footage from a Phantom Cam which films at 1000 frames per second.[9] The video concept came from Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij's friend Borna Sammak, and was filmed while the band was performing at SXSW.[10] There were allegations that the cars had been purchased under false pretenses and that the original owners had not been informed their cars would be destroyed. Vampire Weekend stated publicly that they were "stunned by the accusation", and denied any deliberate deceit in the purchase of the cars.[8][11]

The official video for "Diane Young" premiered on June 3, 2013. The video was directed by Primo Kahn and features cameos from Santigold, Chromeo, Sky Ferreira, Despot, Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors and Hamilton Leithauser from The Walkmen.[12] The video parodies Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, depicting a dinner party that becomes progressively chaotic, attended by members of the band and other guests. An unidentified and disinterested man wearing a balaclava, analogous to Jesus in The Last Supper, is at the party (and video's) center.



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  4. ^ Hepburn, Ned (2013-04-17). "Vampire Weekend prove there's nothing wrong with 'Diane Young' | Death and Taxes". Deathandtaxesmag.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  5. ^ More Indie PLOY - "XIX" [Brett Remix] (2013-03-18). "Vampire Weekend - "Daine Young" + "Step"". Earmilk.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
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  10. ^ Batmanglij, Rostam (March 19, 2013). "'Diane Young' Official Stream ..." Tumblr. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
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