Diane Young

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"Diane Young"
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
Length 2:40
Label XL Recordings
Writer(s) Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij
Producer(s) Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid
Vampire Weekend singles chronology
"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 a Saab 900 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 of "Diane Young", dubbed the "official stream", was uploaded on YouTube and VEVO on March 18, 2013. Throughout the duration of the video, a 900-series Saab can be seen burning (though two of them were used during production). The choice of the visual stems from the opening line of the song which is "You torched a Saab like a pile of leaves".[8] There came 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.[9][10] According to an interview with The Peak radio station, the video for Diane Young was made with only five seconds of footage from a phantom camera which films at 1000 frames per second.[11] The video concept came from Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij's friend Borna Sammak, and was filmed while the band was performing at SXSW.[12]

The official video to "Diane Young" was uploaded to YouTube and Vevo 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.[13] The plot of the video is simple and mainly focuses on a man wearing a balaclava (possibly a reference to their song Horchata) texting and seemingly looking bored while the band interacts with guests at a dinner gathering that turns into a wild party. The number of dinner guests (thirteen), as well as their placement, and the general composition, seems to reference the The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.


Chart (2013) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[14] 37
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 50
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 11
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[16] 17


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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. 
  6. ^ "Rostam and Ezra Interview - New.Music.Live. - 3/25/2013". YouTube. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Vampire Weekend's Chart History for Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Battan, Carrie. "Vampire Weekend Caught in Controversy Over Burning of Saab Cars in "Diane Young"". 
  9. ^ Giustina Po (2013-03-28). "Vampire Weekend, Saab Story: Ezra Koening Responds to Car Arson Accusations". Spinner. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  10. ^ . Pitchfork http://pitchfork.com/news/50128-vampire-weekend-caught-in-controversy-over-burning-of-saab-cars-in-diane-young-video/. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "PEAK Mornings: Interview with Vampire Weekend - 102.7 - The Peak". Thepeak.fm. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  12. ^ Style Hatch. "vampireweekend: ‘Diane Young’ Official Stream ... | ROSTAM". Rostam.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  13. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Watch Vampire Weekend Party With Sky Ferreira, Dirty Projectors, the Walkmen, Chromeo, and Santigold in "Diane Young" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Japan Hot 100 history for Vampire Weekend". Billboard. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Alternative Songs history for Vampire Weekend". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rock Songs history for Vampire Weekend". Billboard. Retrieved 13 June 2013.