Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig Sings A Cappella 'Seinfeld' Theme for Videogame Soundtrack
Published May 05, 2014Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has branched out in the past year or so, popping up on songs by Karen O, Chromeo and Major Lazer. Now, the vocalist has made perhaps his most surprising appearance yet: singing an a cappella rendition of the Seinfeld theme for an online videogame.
As the New York Times points out, the videogame is called The Junior Mint, and it's a play on the Seinfeld episode of the same name. It's set in an operating room, where players attempt to flint pieces of the titular candy into a patient's open wound. The whole thing is backed by Koenig's quiet jazz scatting, apart from the bits where Miley Cyrus rides in on a wrecking ball.
The game is associated with the goofy Twitter account @Seinfeld2000, which uses intentionally bad grammar and surreal comedy to parody @SeinfeldToday (a comparatively straight-laced account that imagines Seinfeld plots in contemporary settings). Depending on how many points you earn in The Junior Mint, a donation will be made in your name to the Human Fund.
This isn't the first time Koenig has rubbed shoulders with @Seinfeld2000, since founder Jason Richards previously interviewed Koenig (using his @Seinfeld2000 persona) for Noisey.
The Junior Mint was made in collaboration with videogame creator Pippin Barr. Play it here.