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Vampire Weekend Reveal What Contra Means

Ever since Vampire Weekend revealed the title of their new album to be ‘Contra’, there’s been a debate about what it actually means. Surely it must be something to do with the Nicaraguan ‘Contras’, bought to world attention by the Iran-Contra scandal in America, where a US group sold arms to Iran to fund the rebel Contras? I mean, it had to be that and not just a reference to the computer game of the same name? Now the band has talked to MTV, and the answer is it refers to both: "Look, I was born in 1984, so I'm not going to name an album Contra and not think about that video game… To me, there's not an explicit connection ... I think what attracted us to the word 'contra' was the root of it, thinking about the word and all the different implications of it. I did have a moment where I stopped and thought 'Wow, everybody my age, when you say "Contra", thinks of the video game, and everybody my parents' age thinks of the counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua.” We think their credibility is just about intact.

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