Or is it the other way around?

Could Vampire Weekend be trying to tell me something? A just-launched music video for the indie rock band's new single Diane Young features what looks like a pretty mint black Saab 900 Turbo Convertible being torched in slow-motion. In fact, with the exception of a brief, flickering cameo by a 900 three-door of a similar vintage, that's all that there is to the nearly three-minute long video. It's both sad and oddly beautiful.

Coincidentally, I have a similar-looking turbocharged black Saab convertible sitting in my garage, and I've been reluctantly pondering its sale this very week. Admittedly, mine is a later model (2001 9-3 Viggen), but tri-spokes and more tapered rump aside, it looks eerily identical. And while mine isn't mired in flames (I love it too much to torch it), through no fault of its own, it's been sitting motionless far too regularly. Thankfully, I see a better future for it than the droptop seen above.

So, what's the deal? Did VW lead vocalist Ezra Koenig have a Saab love affair that went bad, leading to this conflagration of music video? Is he unhappy about the fate of the perennially troubled Swedish automaker? Or did he and the band just figure that the video below was an attention-grabbing/artsy and inexpensive way to put promote their forthcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City? The world might never know...


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      air8271
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the owner of a NG Saab 95 Turbo4, this brings tears to my eyes.
      Nuggs
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing is for certain: This band is terrible. And at least no SPG kits were harmed.
      4 String
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, if the Chinese don't revive Saab, then it would most certainly be metaphorical (although it's not certain whether it was Vampire Weekend's intention).
      cdwrx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always been impressed with the Viggen except its Achilles Heel - no LSD.
        Nuggs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cdwrx
        Like most cars, there is always the Quaife. How many FWD cars come with a stock LSD, anyways?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always hated Vampire Weekend for the annoying hipster pop crap they make, but now I have another reason to hate them. Screw you Vampire weekend....
        4 String
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        They do clever things with their lyrics (maybe partly from their time at Columbia University in New York). I can understand not liking them simply because you're not compatible with the sound, but calling them hipster pop crap is a bit much. Nicki Minaj is crap. Vampire Weekend is not. I saw the latter at Coachella 2010. They're more beast live than recorded.
      ICantDrive88
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that Saab was in mint condition and a good driver, this should be a capital offense!
      Caprice Dates
      • 1 Year Ago
      BURN YOU UGLY PIECE OF CRAP! Now if this was a 2011 Saab 9-3 Turbo4 burning, then I would be sad :-P
        cgm9999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Caprice Dates
        Ah yes, of the GM vintage? What a swell car that was, devoid of the unique charm, character, personality and design of the 900. Thankfully, GM got rid of those nasty things like a double-wishbone front suspension and replaced it with the glorious Epsilon chassis (shared with the equally scrumtrulescent Malibu "Classic" and Pontiac G6). Oh, how the world laments the death of the majestic 2011 Saab 9-3! /sarcasm/ You're taste in cars leads me to believe that you're also a fan of well-done steak...smothered in ketchup.
          cgm9999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cgm9999
          Correction: Your (not "You're)
      Lutz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... you said the video and thought "how can I fit this inside Autoblog" and wrote this piece... Yeah...
      Fun Bus
      • 1 Year Ago
      no loss, utterly garbage cars, even without a chopped roof.
      munkymonkjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like some bad CGI indeed.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I won't watch ANYTHING if I have to sit through a 30 second ad first. Not even Network TV (unless I record it). Yes, I know websites / people / networks, need to pay the bills, but I'm not watching.
      meatmeow
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will buy your Viggen (at a reasonable price - you're no superstar :P) if you sell -
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