Vampire Weekend respond to Saab fan outrage

“I want people to understand that we do respect cars and the last thing we want to do is to fuck up a collector’s item or something like that,” Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig tells Spinner. “Hopefully people believe me when I say that our record label was looking to purchase the cheapest, oldest cars possible; they weren’t trying to buy a beautiful perfect condition car.”

In fact, Koenig claims, his songwriting partner and group multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has a special affinity for the now-bankrupt Swedish automaker.

Rostam especially loves Saabs,” Koenig claims. “When he grew up his family drove a Saab.”

Jalopnick claims the two 900s in the video, “were deeply loved by their owners who wanted to see them go to a nice new home,” which Koenig disputes. “From what I understand those old ones actually had a lot of electrical problems.”

“If the people selling their cars felt mislead by the production company that bought them… of course if we had been there, if we had been a part of it we would never lie to somebody just to get a car — we could have easily found something else.

“Stuff like that, we hope that that wasn’t done dishonorably.”

(via Spinner)

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