Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig took to Twitter Thursday to address his claim that the band appeared on the soundtracks for both Shrek (2001) and Shrek Forever After (2010), though in actuality they did not.
The Twitter spree appears to stem from a followers’ inquiry, which Koenig retweeted. “I still wanna know why u lied about having ur songs on the shrek soundtrack ezra i checked wikipedia,” the fan said. Koenig then unleashed a series of tweets regarding the allegation.
“I claimed i was on the Shrek 1 & Shrek 3 soundtracks. it wasn’t true but it saved lives. sorry if that doesn’t pass ur liberal purity test,” he tweeted. He goes on to explain that a 2009 bus accident nearly prevented Weezer from covering The Monkees’ “I’m A Believer,” which Smash Mouth and Eddie Murphy recorded for the franchise’s inaugural film in 2001. Koenig says he didn’t want to “capitalize on Weezer’s misfortune” and denied the film’s request for Vampire Weekend to step in, though Weezer was ultimately able to do the job.
“Do i sometimes regret the decision? of course. do i sometimes lie on twitter & say i was on shrek soundtracks? yes – once,” he added. “shrek, if ur reading this (and thinking abt doing more movies) let me, despot & makonnen do a song for u.”
See all of Koenig’s tweets below.